Tuesday, November 28, 2006
NaBloPoMo Day 28 - Two more to go!
Last year I was in a group at work that banded together and collected enough money to adopt 9 Christmas Angles. I was so blessed to have been chosen one of the people to take the money and buy for some of the children. Ryan and I spent 2 hours in Target and bought shoes, clothes and toys for 5 of the kids. It was one of the most fun things I've ever done.
Well this year I'm not in that group, and the group I'm in isn't exactly the giving type, so I'm on my own. Ryan and I agreed that we would set aside enough money to adopt a child this Christmas, so today I went downstairs in my office building to the Angel tree to pick out our kid. There were a ton of kids waiting to be adopted for the holiday, but I was shocked by what they were asking for. Bikes, mp3 players, Playstations, DVDs, video games, life-size dolls, kid-sized cars that really drive... Am I wrong to be a little shocked by that, or am I just cheap? Admittedly I don't know much about kids, but those seem like really big, expensive gifts. And don't forget that on top of all those big presents each adopter also much buy the outift and the shoes. That's just a lot of money.
Then I stepped back and realized that it is just plain cruel of me to think, even if it was just to myself, that kids in unfortunate situations shouldn't wish for the popular toys. So I made a compromise with myself. I might not be able to afford a $240 Playstation, but I can afford something.
So this Christmas Ryan and I will be helping Carlos, age 3, to have a very Merry Christmas. Carlos will have a very fun remote control car. Maybe even something in the form of a 4x4. Maybe this monster truck.
So how about you? Do you have programs like this in your area? Are you planning on helping someone else to have a happier holiday season?
I'm Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men, a professional wedding and family portrait photographer, a firefighter's wife, a traveler, and a dogMa.