Christmastime is my favorite time of the year! The romantic snow, the homemade Christmas cookies, the family get-togethers, the holiday food, the plaid! Everyone is cheerful and gives thoughtful gifts to show friendship or appreciation and people gather to celebrate with hugs and gifts.
I do tend to get caught up in the shopping and gifting, wanting to show my love or communicate how much I care for someone through gifts. I guess you could say my love language is giving gifts! I find that I’ve bought too much when I start wrapping, most of the presents under the tree are from me!
Last year I decided to experience Christmas in a different way. I committed to a 25 Days of Kindness- starting December 1st, I volunteered or gave back to one charity each day through Christmas day. I played games with children at the Crisis Nursery, rang the bell for Salvation Army, packed blessing bags for homeless teens, and donated toys to the Children’s Hospital to name a few. On Christmas Eve, my family and I made fleece blankets and drove downtown to hand them out to the homeless in zero degree weather. This experience gave me a gift of appreciation- to be grateful for what I have and to give a small piece of happiness or importance to someone else.
This year I thought, “why not have a 5 Days of Kindness at Evine where employees can work together as a team and give back to others while having fun in the process?!”
Day 1 we all wrote cards to those serving overseas for our military with “Holidays for Heroes”- over 100 cards were sent!
Day 2 we made sandwiches for the homeless for The Sandwich Project, created by a former teacher and he literally feeds the homeless every night! Captain Sig Hansen even made a few!
Day 3: Everyone donated over 100 toys for Toys For Tots for needy children in our area. The 3 Amigos had fun being a part by donating presents on air.
Day 4: Employees of Evine chose a senior or a child to buy a gift for with “Be an Angel” project and all 80 names were pulled right away! We will have to find more names to choose next year!
Day 5: Over 50 fleece blankets were made and donated through “Project Linus” which distributes the blankets to children in local hospitals.
Color all of this giving with a sense of loss of a friend and former host, Connie Kunkle at 58 years old, and it makes me reflect upon the true meaning of life–what we spend our time doing. We hear it said over and over again—life is about relationships and making an impact in others’ lives. I hope we have done that this year through the ‘5 Days of Kindness,’ that we have inspired you to give your time to someone in need and in turn, to feel a sense of purpose and community.
I wish you all gratitude for what you have in your lives, and to show your appreciation by making a difference in another’s life who may need it most, that is what the holiday season is all about.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!