Wednesday, December 4, 2013



image via New York
With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment and share with you my gift of giving. 

I participated in the New York Cares Winter Wishes program (you can view the link here).  This program was offered through my job and I decided to join in and purchase a gift for a child who is less fortunate . . . who doesn't receive gifts.

How many of us spend money on things we really don't need?  Some might consider that a luxury.  When you think about all the people out there who are less fortunate than us, it's heartbreaking.  If I can do this small part in buying a child or teenager a gift they want, then why not? 

I didn't have a preference as to whether or not the letter came from a boy or girl, a child or a teenager.  I received my letter from an 8 year old boy.  His gift request wasn't over the top.  What grabbed at my heart strings was what he wrote in the letter.  Here's what he wrote:

"Dear Santa,  My name is [________] and I am 8 years old. 
I want a Lego building set that I can play with my brother."

This young boy wanted "Santa" to know he wanted a present that he could share and play with his brother.  What a selfless child.  So, I researched the internet, asked friends who have children, what Lego sets were popular for an 8 year old boy.  I don't have children so I was pretty clueless.  I didn't want to disappoint this little boy and wanted to find the perfect Lego set that he and his brother could play with.

Because of time constraints, I had to hit the stores to find a set for him.  I thought I had my mind made up before hitting the store but when I got there and saw all the options, my head was spinning.  Will he like this one or that one better?  After 10-15 minutes of looking through every Lego set for his age group, I made my choice(s).  I wrapped it up and handed my gift in today.

I wish I can see his face when he opens his gift and hope he's one happy little boy.

A big thanks to my job for participating in this program and a special thanks to New York Cares for developing this organization.  It started in the 1980s and now is the city's largest volunteer organization.



  1. I'm sure the little boy (and his brother) will love it and love playing with it together!

  2. You're right! It puts a smile to my face :)