Every year we’ve tried to do a Pay It Forward style project during the holidays. This year, we decided to get Haylee a little more involved, well I should say a lot more involved. We asked her to take the lead on our Christmas Bless It Forward. We set aside a budget for her, and told her to use the money to help others.
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As we got busier and busier, the less we talked about the project. But, during the course of a couple weeks, she kept bringing up how disappointing it was to see signs that places would be open on Christmas. She was bothered that people would be missing out on family time. Of course, we could explain that some people wanted to work that day for extra money or maybe they didn’t have any family in town, but we decided maybe that wasn’t the point. Instead, we asked her if she’d like to do something nice for those employees. She got excited real fast.
There are times I forget she is just 8 years old, and I assume she understands everything with very little explanation. This experience has definitely reminded me that “teachable” moments can happen at anytime. So I sat down with her and to teach her how we can help more people if we use our money wisely. We talked about different examples of turning $20 into a number of gifts, like buying ingredients to bake cookies or getting items to build brown bag lunches.
I gave her some time to think and she asked if we had enough art supplies at home to make cards instead of buying them. So we sat down at the computer to create a letter for the cards. Our goal is share 50 smiles on Christmas Day. When I asked her to sign the cards, I honestly didn’t expect her to sign them all at once. But, Haylee is on a mission!
She’s decided to use the budget on making candy gift bags, which is still in the works. I will definitely make sure to update this post when we are ready to roll out on Christmas day. Happy Holidays!
Christmas Day Update
Haylee’s Bless It Forward project was a success! The whole family enjoyed it, and it’s definitely the beginning of a new family tradition. She tried to express how it made her feel, “I feel proud, happy and good. It’s like having a whole bunch of great feelings rolled up into a ball and I ate it.” From the mind of an 8 year old.
We stopped at two Starbucks, Smoothie Run, Sunrise Donuts and QuikTrip. We were able to hand out over 50 gift bags. Marcus from Smoothie Run and the staff at Sunrise Donuts gave Haylee some awesome treats to share with their family. DELICIOUS!!!
Getting out and sharing Christmas smiles within our community was such an amazing experience for all of us. Merry Christmas!
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