Monday, December 04, 2006

Just A Little Brighter Christmas

It's Christmas time and the fact is we are blessed. Which makes it all the more reason why we need to reach out and share with others. In this particular case, the little ones and the not so little ones under our care. We are not so naive as to believe that one little act of kindness changes the world but it is a start be it ever so humble.

Our church, Fleming Island UMC, plus 6 families from Asbury UMC in neighboring Orange Park, FL came through with entire outfits for 66 of our kids at the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise, Florida (just north of Sanford). We're talking shoes, socks, pants, shirts, underwear - complete outfits!

One gentleman from our church hand built this fabulous doll house and has asked us to find out how many more doll houses our Children's Home can use... He laughs and says it's a good way for him to back away from the pressures of owning and operating his Insurance business and just maybe it gives him a shot at redemption :) We think he simply has a heart for those who need us most. Our kids... Each doll house comes completely furnished and every piece is handmade.

These are good kids who through no fault of their own have a need for a safe, nurturing place to call home. For some it will be a matter of a few months before they can be reunited with their families. For others, this will be home. It's Christmas time and we all have seen the "Angel Trees", what Aly and I would like to ask is for you to please consider taking one of the names this year and include a child, a teenager, a young adult in your Christmas shopping. Maybe even go that extra step in finding a way to help throughout the year. While the Christmas season reminds us of extending a hand to others, especially so the kids, we hope you will consider sharing your treasures of time, money and talents throughout the year. We all have kids where we live who have needs at Christmas time and who could use a small part of what we know to be your generous hearts each and every day.

ac & fm


Melissa said...

I LOVE YOU BOTH!!!!!!!!!

rubyiscoming said...

tears in my eyes! just beautiful!!! that gentleman is very talented, too, with the dollhouse - wow! i loved seeing all the garbage bags of goodies. the true meaning of christmas.....

Katja said...

This is so wonderful! We did something similar this year, it is called "Christmas in a shoe-box", a very great organisation here in Germany. This is what Christmas is really about - reaching out and helping others. Oh, and the doll-house looks just wonderful! I'd love to see a photo of your daughter playing with it soon!

Wicked Witch said...

Garbage bags around a tree bring back so many happy memories.

new girl said...

Those dollhouses are gorgeous. What I wouldn't have given for one as a child! Heck, I think a lot of adults wouldn't mind having one either!