As Christmas approaches, decorations go up and letters to Santa are written. Children become excited for that special night.
I have begun to go through some of the Santa letters that Angels of God has received. I will be smiling or laughing one moment, and then crying the next. Some kids are asking for very simple things such as deodorant, contact solution, socks and even Honey Comb cereal! And some kids are asking for game systems, iPods or a TV. Others want a gift for their siblings or parents. One little boy asked for a new flower vase for his grandmom, because he broke it by accident.
The truth is, a child in need has the same hopes and wishes a financially stable child has. Does being low income mean you do not deserve a gift over a certain dollar amount? These children did nothing wrong. They can not help the situation they are in. In many cases the “low income” child has no idea they are living in poverty.
Not every low income family sits at home doing nothing. We have many families where both mom and dad are working, but both are making minimum wage. So between the 2 working parents, they are not even making $20 an hour.
I usually keep my life private, but at times I feel it is important to share my own struggles and trials. I know Christmas is not all about the gifts but the holidays can become very stressful for someone in need.
Years ago when I was greatly in need, I was not sure how I was going to provide my children with a Christmas. Each time a commercial came on the tv about a “new” toy that should be under every Christmas tree, I remember my kids running to the TV with big smiles on their faces. Pointing and oohing over the new trend. I remember getting more and more nervous as it got closer to Christmas Day. I tried to stretch my one small income to pay all the bills, keep a roof over my children’s head, and their bellys full.
But what got me the most is when I sat the kids down to try to explain how Christmas might not be the same as in past years. My youngest chimed in to say… “Don’t worry mommy, you don’t have to get us anything for Christmas. Santa will give us gifts! You can get us one small toy. I am going to ask Santa for the expensive toys so you don’t have to worry.” My heart sunk to my stomach.
That year my friend Denise asked what my kids really wanted for Christmas. Well, that was easy. The Wii had just come out, but that was out of the question. I did not have the $ for that. Well…… “Santa” Denise went out and bought the BRAND NEW Wii and a few games for it. I was taken back by her kindness. That she would care enough about my children to be sure they were happy on Christmas morning. That little game system brought so many fun family nights. It is something my children played with over and over again. I am so thankful “Santa” came to my rescue.
This year will you be a “Santa Angel” to a child in need?
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