At work lately I’ve been noticing all of these posters up for “angels” and giving trees. I tried to be an “angel” one year for them, but my employer apparently only gives out whole lists for children as opposed to letting you buy a portion of the list. So if a child wants pj’s, socks, cd’s, video games and tennis shoes, you either have to provide ALL or let someone else be their “angel”. I think that’s rather silly, myself… wouldn’t some of their list be better than none?… but it’s what they’ve decided. So I’m finding a different way to be helpful this year.
One of my favorite blogs, Momastery, has something they do every year called Holiday Hands. This year, they have this down to a mad science! They have a board, per se, of readers who are in need. I read the initial requests on there this morning. It was things like… a coat for my two year old. A bed for my child. Help with dental work. Help paying off a funeral expense. Gift cards for groceries. And then, other readers sign up to provide these things. It is BEAUTIFUL! And amazing. And what a wonderful, perfect way to help. You can look through the requests, find one that touches your heart, and help. Or maybe you are the one who needs some help. You can put it out there. It’s kind of like a Craigslist for kindness.
Then later today, Glennon, the blog writer, posted a comment on Facebook about one woman who requested on the Helping Hands board that she needed clothes for a girl, size 2T. And within MINUTES, something like twelve women responded that they had clothes and were going to send them. The mom was crying – at the outpouring of love she was getting within MINUTES. She actually turned AWAY people offering because there was more than enough. This led to a bunch of other moms posting in the comments that they had boy clothes size 4T if anyone wanted them, and someone saying they needed any boy clothes for ANY size under 3… and on and on and on.
It was like a giant list of friends, helping friends. Because that’s really what life should be, isn’t it? My Little One has gotten bigger and as he has, I’ve returned most of the items that were lovingly given to ME, and bagged up all the rest and sent them on to a younger, brand-new mom who’s just starting out. Because I love her and she’s my friend. And that’s what we do. Sure, I could sell them at a second hand children’s store or a garage sale. I could list them on Ebay and see what I get. But really – I was a young, new mom once, who had a friend who packed up HER baby’s clothes and gave them to me… it’s all about sharing the love.
There is more than enough to go around. More than enough.
Love and blessings and peace to you today, my friends.