Sharing is caring
The Christmas season is here and the stores are bustling with shoppers, houses are adorned with decorations and lights and the Christmas carols are jingling on the radio. All seems perfect at this time of the year and it’s quite easy to get wrapped up in the feeling of Christmas and forget about those not so fortunate. I know how blessed my family is and I try not to take what we have for granted.
Thinking of those who will not celebrate a perfect Christmas Card holiday is sad, maybe that’s why people don’t want to dwell on it but you know what? It’s more sad when we go about our lives and look the other way! I just don’t feel good about all the spending and celebrating while there are others who do without, and I don’t mean do without the latest electronic device. I am talking about truly doing without.
I think it is important to teach our children that we need to be kind at all times, not just at Christmas. Although, K is only five, she is learning that it is our duty to make sure we help others. We have a rule that before Santa can even think of bringing toys to K, she must donate a box of gently used toys. Along with that we send snow suits, boots and accessories to help out those who are in need of winter clothing. We do donate throughout the year also. K is very excited to participate in the food drive and the angel tree. Anything we can do to put a smile on someone face makes us smile. I am a proud mommy.
Make it a joy to share with Kinder
Sharing and caring is something our family does all year round but we try to do a little extra during Christmas. Teaching the real meaning of Christmas to our children has been foremost and giving is more important than receiving.
For the second year, Kinder has partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network in the “Joy to Share” program.
To help Kinder with its goal to share the joy, please go to Kinder Canada Facebook Page and design your very own holiday card for the kids in a Children’s Miracle Network hospital member. With each greeting card that is created, Kinder will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network. Kinder’s goal this year is to raise $25,000 towards this wonderful cause. So far they have raised $18,000 with the help of caring people like you and me. So, let’s get our creative hats on and design those cards! Help put a smile on a child’s face this holiday!
Grateful to Children’s Miracle Network and CHEO
The Children’s Miracle Network has a special place in my heart. My son was diagnosed with Cystinuria when he was nine years old. This is an inherited autosomal recessive disease. Cystinuria is the cause of persistent kidney stones. If not treated properly, this disease can cause serious damage to kidneys and surrounding organs and in some cases death. We spent much of his childhood in the hospital. Because of CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and the fine staff, my son has led a very healthy happy childhood. He is now a thriving young man who also supports the work of the Children’s Miracle Network. I am so thankful I haven’t had to use CHEO for anything serious with my little one but I sure feel better knowing that the resources are there if needed.
This is a wonderful opportunity to involve your children in helping such a worthy cause and it’s fun! Design your Greeting Card here!
How does your family sharing during the holiday season?
Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.