To The Daily Sun,
On November 12th, seven friends decided that they would participate in the Operation Christmas Child organized by Samaritan's Purse.
After dance class, all the friends gathered at the Gilford Dollar Tree and had a budget of seven dollars to pick out from their shopping list; gifts for a boy or girl in need. They carried their own basket and without judgment picked out lovingly items that they thought a boy or girl would like.
One of the mothers had told the cashier what we were doing since seven 4 and 5 years olds running around a store might be disruptive. The cashier thought it was kind. While the friends were choosing the right gifts; a gentleman approached and informed the cashier that he would be paying for the children's entire purchases for Operation Christmas Child. We were grateful and touched and at a loss for words. Here we are, parents of preschoolers trying to teach them about giving back, and they see in action what kindness is all about.
The friends went home, decorated their boxes, made cards for the recipients and packed the gifts in the box to be mailed out sometime next week.
The plan is to pay it forward... paying for someone's lunch at a restaurant, buying someone's coffee behind us, going to the food pantry to deliver food. Anything to use that money we would have spent on those children in need.
Thank you for your kindness, for showing our children there IS good in the world and that this community knows about giving back to others.
The following blurb is taken from the website if you want to know more about this organization: "Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan's Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ."
l-r: Tyler, Henry, Mercedes, Natalee, Sydney, Macy & Grace