Be Fearless, Be Kind
What does “Be Fearless, Be Kind” mean to you?
For our family, it has come to mean “being kind, even when it’s not easy.”
Whether that’s when being kind involves sacrifice, or going outside your comfort zone, or when being kind happens in the face of adversity or unkind behaviour.
It’s easy to encourage kids to be kind, but what has made a difference for us is acknowledging that it’s not always easy, yet stressing that sometimes when it’s not easy is when it’s most important.
Christmas is a very complicated time for a lot of families, and we’ve chosen to simplify. We follow the concept of “One You Want, One You Need, One You Wear, One You Read” and make a large family donation in lieu of crazy extravagant gifts.
In previous years, we’ve donated to the Canadian Cancer Society, sponsored a child, and done a large grocery shop for our local food bank.
This year, our family partnered with Hasbro to bring the Joy Maker Challenge to make a joy-filled donation to our local women’s shelter.
Ella & I went this morning to Rotholme Women’s Shelter and brought with us an assortment of toys for all ages and interests.
Before we went, we spent a lot of time talking about what it means to be appreciative of what we have, how we can give back to our community and bless those who are experiencing hardship.
We talked about how our family is no different than the families who we would be giving these toys to and how it might feel to not have all of your basic needs met, or receive a gift for Christmas.
When we arrived, Ella noticed the bars on the windows and was a bit in shock to learn that those were possibly necessary to keep the families inside safe, but then commented, “I’m thankful they are keeping those families safe.”
We were able to go inside and see the wonderful holiday set-up that the staff had prepared for the families using Rotholme’s services and then Ella was invited to wrap one of the presents we were donating. (Rotholme requested that gifts be donated unwrapped for safety reasons, so check with your own charity if you are looking to donate before spending hours wrapping presents!)
As we were leaving, Ella commented that she loved bringing the toys to these families and wanted to do it every day. After a bit of negotiating, she has settled on reserving a third of her allowance for giving. We’ll see how that progresses, but I’m excited to see that philanthropic spirit growing in her.
Tomorrow, we will be giving away a Joy Maker Challenge kit to giveaway to one winner. The kit includes two sets of 20 Hasbro toys each – one for the winner to keep, and one to donate.
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