She just smiled and nodded.
If you went to a different store everyday from now until Christmas that would put you going to 30 different stores. Take out 1 roll of nickels, 40 and you will have enough money to put 5cent in each time you go past a bucket.
I could not imagine the difference that would make if everyone would do this! I bet 50 people or more told her no while I was standing there. That could have been an extra couple dollars and that was just in 10min.
I encourage you to take a few rolls of nickels and give one to each of your family members and practice giving as a family. Make it fun, see you can get rid of their nickels (without dumping them all out at once) before Christmas. It's amazing how children react to something when it's turned into a game and just remind them that the winners are the ones we are helping by showing Jesus' love to them.
Our Christmas Angel and Elf will be arriving at our home this weekend as we kick off the "Countdown To Christmas". I am excited to see how the Angel will help me remember each day that it is about Jesus and us giving to others in His name. It doesn't have to be money but maybe a toy, a hug or even a simple smile. I am also including a "letter" to the kiddos from Elfie ( I know original right?) telling them about his new friend this year. I think it will really help bring the two together in the kids minds.
Here is my version, feel free to copy it but if you post to your blog please just link back here!
TO KEEP AN EYE ON YOU,
BUT THIS YEAR FRIEND
I’M BRINGING SOMEONE NEW
THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL WILL TEACH YOU
JUST WHAT IT MEANS,
TO BE A CHILD OF GOD
OUR HEAVENLY KING
SO AS I WATCH & LISTEN
TO HOW YOU ARE EACH DAY,
I’LL ALSO SEE YOU GIVE TO OTHERS
AND JESUS’ JOY YOU WILL DISPLAY
SO ENJOY MY FRIEND & I
THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON
MAY WE PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE,
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GREATEST GIFT
WAS JESUS BIRTH ON CHRISTMAS DAY
~your friend ELFIE
A few other Acts of Giving we did over the past few weeks included providing a thanksgiving meal for a family, gave change to bell ringers, and started packing a new bag for our other child in Africa, David. I am so happy that Kinley got to help participate in each one of these acts. I can see him growing and learning each day what it is like to be a child of God. Now to end you with a few pictures from the past couple weeks!
|~We even got a smile from the so serious little boy~|
So much love going his way!