The Sparkle Box
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This is a heartwarming story that is perfect for the holiday season. I’ve been taught growing up that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” This book definitely falls right along those lines. I feel that every child (and some adults) need to really read this book every holiday season.
I think we’ve become such a materialistic world that we have forgotten just how valuable a gift a helping hand really is. I will NEVER forget how my church literally gave my family a full 8ft truck bed worth of groceries when I broke my ankle and couldn’t work, and we had no income coming in. Or when my mom was dying of cancer, her neighbors and friends pitched in to help her keep her horse well fed and taken care of so she could keep him in her yard until her final days, they also helped her keep her house clean since they knew how much she valued having a clean home, and they did so much more that I can’t even list it all. Or when I was bedridden during my last pregnancy I had some wonderful friends who came and cleaned my home for me, and my mother-in-law pitched in a lot to help keep things running smoothly. These are just a few examples of MANY I could list off of how acts of service or giving to those who need it is such a valuable gift.
I love doing Operation Christmas Children with my kids every year. My kids love doing it too because they love knowing they are helping out others. Every so often my kids literally go through their toys on their own and want to go donate them to Salvation Army here in town. Delbert is my big giver in the family. He loves to shower others with gifts or pitch in and help any way he can. When they read this book they were quick to list off doing the shoeboxes for the kids in need. They literally spent the last two days going through all of their toys too.
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29 comments on “The True Reason For The Season”
Looks like a great book to read. Thanks a lot for sharing, do have a super blessed day!
Thank you. It is a great book to read as a family.
Love this concept so much. We spend a lot of time at the holidays talking about giving back! :)-Ashley
That’s wonderful to hear. I love this little book and all it entails.
Pick a child from the salvation army to buy gifts for with my kids
This sounds like a wonderful plan.
We try to donate monthly to the Women’s Shelter here. My heart breaks thinking of kids going without this time of year. We are cleaning toy boxes and closets right now.
It definitely is a heart breaking thing when kids are forced to go without.
When we volunteered with our daughter at the local city mission (shelter w/ meals) to have her see how some people live, how lucky she is, how grateful she should be and that helping others is a HUGE deal and so very important 🙂
Glad to hear you do that with your daughter. It’s such a great thing to do with her. 🙂
We have been talking about our blessing this month and how we should help others. My six-year-old daughter received $20 bill for her birthday. She decided that she wanted to donate a gift to a family in need from the World Vision catalogue as seen here http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?go=gift&§ion=10389. She asked us if we would match the amount she donated. Of course . . . we said yes.
I forgot to say . . . The first thing we would put in the box is a family donation to feed a family through World Vision.
I would give to the anna shelter which is a shelter for cts and dogs
That’s a great thing to do for sure. I’m confident those animals are grateful for what you’re doing.
We will go through toys and books and donate them to a local charity.
That’s so thoughtful. My kids love doing this too.
We just donated some coats.
That’s awesome. Especially in this time of year.
Helping a needy family
I’m quite confident that they appreciate you doing that for sure.
we would donated warm socks to ther nursing homes in our area like we always do thanks
Nursing homes do not get as much love and attention as they should. So, I know this is greatly appreciated by them.
The first event would be donating toys to a Christmas toy drive.
That’s definitely a good event to be a part of .
a gift for a homeless person
That is such a wonderful thing to do. We definitely have a lot more in our country than we like to admit.
Donating to Operation Christmas
We give out Blessing Bags to the homeless in our area.
We would put in the local food bank.