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Monday, November 12, 2007

Be A Blessing

I'm a little late but it's still Monday so I guess I can still participate in the Be A Blessing, Let Your Light Shine - from Mary and Sharon. The idea behind this is: We would like to get everyone involved-even the children. We want to be a blessing in His name this year. We would like you to come up with an idea that will enable you to reach out to someone in need during this Christmas season. If you are already involved in some type of Christmas giving tradition, we would like to hear about that too.

A few of the things I already do each year are:

1. Our base exchange has a "diamond tree" up with tags showing if it is for a boy/girl and what age. You chose a tag and buy a gift(s) for that child. These families are all from the base who are in need during the holiday season for whatever reason. We've always chosen a boy and a girl tag, and usually close in age to Kayla.

2. Annual Airman's Cookie Drive. This is a huge base-wide event where over 1000 dozen cookies are baked and donated. The first sergeants and chiefs then distribute bags full of cookies to each airman living in the dorms. I contribute several dozen cookies for this program.

3. Operation Christmas Child . Each year our local MOPS group participates in filling shoe boxes with goodies for children in other countries. This has already been accomplished as I brought in a bag of supplies/small toys at our last MOPS meeting.

4. I usually carry change with me so I can donate to the Salvation Army buckets in front of the mall.

New things I plan on doing this year:

1. I plan on purchasing this new movie - The Child King (click on the link to watch a trailer). What is so significant about purchasing a DVD and what does that have to do with being a blessing? Well for one it is a new holiday movie; here is the synopsis: It's an inspirational story about a determined young man with Down syndrome who takes his little brother on a life-changing quest to find Santa at the North Pole...The Child King is being hailed as a new "new holiday classic." As for being a blessing, well, 100% of the profits from the sale of the DVD go to the non-profit Child King Foundation. This organization administers funds and disburses grants to organizations, charities and individuals that assist those with intellectual disabilities. Sounds like something I want to support, especially during the holidays.

2. Our base commissary also has a tree with tags on it for those at the Veteran's Home. I haven't been able to participate in this every year as I don't go to the commissary that often and the tags are usually gone by the time I get there. This year I plan on picking up a tag as soon as they are available! They usually ask for things like socks, sweatsuits etc.

3. I saw this over at Once Upon A Family blog. Eden's parents are missionaries in Costa Rica and provide a Christmas gift for 75 children each year. Their goal is $20 a child and they've been able to raise enough funds for about 50 of the children. I plan on donating to this cause; you can read more about it on Eden's mom's blog Strolling.

4. Janeen over at Our Story posted a link for Lets Say Thanks!. You can send a FREE postcard to US military personnel serving overseas. It's so easy to do - just 3 simple steps! Pick out a card design, chose your message, submit your information and that's it! Xerox will send the postcard for you. I did this yesterday and was done in about 5 minutes.


Also speaking of the holidays, Overwhelmed With Joy is hosting a Hot Deals For A Cool Christmas. If you know of any great on-or off-line coupons/deals for some holiday shopping, just do a post about it and sign up with her Mr. Linky. I haven't come across any yet, but I'll be checking her site to see what others have found!

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Mike said...

The Child King is a great show.


Denise said...

Bless you for being a blessing.

PEA said...

So many wonderful ideas to help someone in need during the holiday season...I think it's terrific that you have so many things planned:-) xox

Jen said...

We did Operation Christmas Child with church....good for you gal. Hope you are feeling well on this Veterans Day.

Mommatude said...

Those are some great ideas...we are looking to expand our giving this year as well..

Mary said...

You have great ideas. Thank you for joining hands with Sharon and I to Be A Blessing This Christmas and Let Your Light Shine.

My you receive abundant blessings.

Tammy said...

These are wonderful ways to give this year, Michelle! I checked out the links...and may pick one of them to add to what we're already doing.

We've done Operation Child several times now with the girls...and our church has trees with names of families you can pick to help...our new small home Bible study group may be picking one out together this year.

Thank you for sharing all of these ideas...and I'm going to check out that movie trailer now! :)

amy said...

you always have fun posts. I cant wait to check out the cool deals

Sharon said...

Thank you so much for participating. These are great ideas. How cool that the base is involved in so many things to help people out. You have given me some extra ideas--thank you.

killlashandra said...

We do something similar in our 4-H group to your diamond tree. Although I like the tags idea, maybe next year I'll suggest that we put tags on a little Christmas tree.

I'll have to do the let's say thanks postcard. Thanks for sharing.

Deb said...

Great ideas!

Kathleen Marie said...

The movie sounds wonderful, all your ideas are exceptional... But as a former military brat and spouse it really angers me that people serving our countries (and families) are in need. I mean, that is so not right! God Bless you and them!

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

What great things you have done and will be doing...I cannot imagine distributing all those cookies.

About the shoebox-Operation Christmas Child..my SIL's friend did it for 2 children in Jamaica about 5 years ago..and when Melody my SIL goes back home she still brings those children gifts from her friend.

Sandra said...

Love this post and I recognize a lot of the things on there from our own base :)

Hope you, Kayla and the little one are doing good :)

Sarah said...

All great ideas. We've done some of them in the past, but that movie sounds wonderful! We may have to get that. Have a great Thanksgiving my friend!

Karen said...

I love these ideas! Our church takes the kids around caroling to different nursing homes in December and we all look forward to that. Micah personally likes to shake hands with each resident. He makes my heart smile.

Once Upon a Dream... said...

You are doing some wonderful things, Michelle!

Thank you for helping the kids my parents work with!

Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

SO was the post card sent to your hubby or any military personnel?

Michelle said...


can you share this one?

Me said...

Wow - so many wonderful things you do! You've inspired me to do more!!:)


Kari said...

Your such an inspiration. You have some really nice ideas.

Tammy and Parker said...

What a bunch of simply wonderful ideas!

I love the idea of being a blessing.