As Christmas comes around we have the requisite talks about presents - who wants what & why it's the "coolest thing ever". This year I've chosen to make it a little different. I'm determined to focus on the "giving" aspect of Christmas and teach the girls to look outside of "me, me, me" and instead to look to those around us who truly have a need.
Our Christmas gifts this year will be fewer but more special, more to the heart and more necessary than in Christmas' past. We've all agreed we want to help the folks at King's Ransom Foundation put a roof on the orphanage they are helping build in Belize. Right now they have 40 kids living in a 4 bedroom house. In Belize. We're not talking the south of France here so far as living standards are concerned.
In case you're curious - and I'm assuming that's why you've read this far - we're doing this in two ways. First, 20% of all profits from BellaGia Services is donated to the charity (and 100% of donations go to the needy, nothing taken out for salaries, admin fees, etc). Second, we'll give a portion of the money they receive for Christmas and send it there as well. We're asking folks not to buy us gifts - just use the money to purchase food or a true necessity for someone near (or far).
I'm proud of them both - it's not easy for little ones to give when they are used to receiving but they've stepped up and they have hearts of gold to help the orphans there. You know, most kids do. It's just up to us to direct them on the path that is right for them. They want to help, it's just that they don't really know how.
Today I received an incredible gift that I feel compelled to share. Our newest client - Ms. H in Jupiter, Florida - surprised me with this wonderful testimonial on Facebook. Well, I'll just let her tell it for herself ~
I was speechless for quite a while. Then joyful. Beaming! There are few gifts greater than this - words of praise and encouragement. Thank you, Ms H, for sharing yours. Totally honored and delighted to work with you!
So tell me...who are going to praise and encourage today? Remember that is one of THE best gifts you will ever give someone (and you won't have to pay Visa interest on it!).