Every year since Eliana was born, we've made a point to take her shopping for something she got to choose, but wasn't bringing home. Regardless of which charity drive we were supporting, Eliana was lifted (before she could reach) with her special gift so she could place it in the box herself. That part always has mattered to us; we needed for her to understand that the one item she placed in that box was part of a bigger thing than her own Christmas list. We had to make sure she grasped the simple concept that Christmas isn't easy for every family just because it is for ours.
She has never known true hunger or had to self-edit her gift requests so as to not overburden Mommy & Daddy because money was tight enough for the weight of worry and responsibility to fall on her little shoulders. Every year, as she places her gift for a child she will never know in that big box, I remind her that we do this because someone did it for me once, The memory is vague. I was with my Guelo and Guela and my sister, two years younger than me. My dad was probably working on of his two jobs. I think I was probably four, because Guela wasn't sick yet. She died when I was six.
It was am event with things to do and people to see. When it was time, we got in line and made our way across the stage to the person handing out the gifts to the kids. I don't remember what my sister and I got anymore, but I do remember being excited. I think Eliana needs to know this. I want her to know I am thanking her and the stranger who put my own donated gift in that box long ago for myself and the child who will receive the thing they will love because it is theirs.
This year, we are something a little different and we hope you can help. A few single mamas and their families I am connected to through my social media channels are working through unexpected hard times. I asked three mamas to list a few wants and needs on their own Amazon wish lists, Each list tells you a little bit about the mamas without sacrificing anonymity,. Each list is set up for items purchased to go directly to the intended family. I know it's last minute. Every little bit helps. But I think you already knew that,
Single mama with an 8-year-old daughter. This mama has requested nail polish kits because her little girl loves manicures. This is her only special request.
Click here to help Social Mama #1.
Social Mama #2: Single Mama with a toddler and a teenager. This mama's special requests are a purse she can use for work, books for her toddler, and a backpack and clothes for her teen for school.
Social Mama #3: Single mama with a young daughter and teenaged son. This mama's special requests are for a winter jacket for her son, the Fantastic Beasts & Where it Find Them Coloring Book for her daughter, and slippers for herself.
This year, Eliana will choose something for each family, and I will tell her that I am grateful for people like her, Will you join us?