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Day 82: The Modern Day Santa Claus

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Nicolas with a car loaded with toys

Today I get to play Santa Claus.

I wanted to share with you how it feels to bring some joy to another persons life over the holidays. It has to be one of the best feelings in the world to play Santa to a person that truly needs a miracle this holiday season.

Day 82 / Give 82

Just over a week ago I wrote a post regarding a special holiday music class I hosted for a group of my Mommy friends and their children. I had asked everyone to bring something for a single Mother I help not far from where we live. Today is the day I get to play Santa and deliver the car load of goodies I have for her and her kids. The bags include everything from clothes for the Mom, toys and clothes for her 3 kids.

This Mom amazes me as she has not just 1 but 2 autistic boys – ages 5 and 7. I’m not sure how she gets threw most days and the challenges that face her every day are remarkable. As she once said to me “just getting through the minutes is all you can do at times.” It humbles me as I only have one easy 3 year old and I feel at my whits end some days. To top it off she also has an 8 month little girl that needs all the love and attention a baby should be showered with.  She is spread so thin just making meals on any given day is a struggle.

This is where playing the role of Santa is pure joy. Not only will this save her the money she does not have to spend on gifts but the big one – time. Shopping with children is hard enough, but she actually can’t do it it all with her kids and their special needs.

So the next time your kids are driving you a little crazy, or you don’t have enough money to buy that 5th or 6th gift for your child, imagine this Mom. The patience and understanding it must take to get through the each day and the fact she doesn’t have the extra money to buy any gifts for her children should make us all grateful for what we do have.

I didn’t do this on my own, I called in my village of friends and asked them for help. As the saying it goes “it takes a village to raise a child.” If you asked your village that surrounds you to help, what could you do together for someone in need?

Time Commitment: 1 hour

Cost: A few dollars in gas

Jacqueline Way
Jacqueline Way
My dream is to inspire people around the world – young and old – to make a better, happier world for everyone. As a family we have come to learn through our own daily giving practice that if we all do one small thing to give every day – together we will be the change the world needs.

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