Around Thanksgiving, I decided to try something new with my kids. I gave them each $50 and told them that they could spend it any way they wanted as long as they used it to help someone in need this Christmas. It couldn't be a friend...it had to be someone who really needed it. I told them to keep it a secret until Christmas and then we would share it together.
It was so much fun to go around on Christmas Day and hear what they each did!
Ashley decided to use hers to donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I love this hospital because of all it does in the area of medical research...not to mention that all patients accepted there are treated regardless of their family's ability to pay.
Mark chose to give his money to the V Foundation for cancer research. Of course, this means alot to us since Jim Valvano was the coach at NC State when Steve was in college there.
Laura left a $50 tip for the waiters at La Unica where we eat probably about once a week!! They work so hard and I know they appreciated the extra Christmas money! I saw the girl that picked up the tip and she had the biggest smile on her face. :)
Lindy decided to buy toys at Wal-Mart and take them to the kids in the hospital at the Hemby Children's Hospital.
Steve went with her and they took the toys up there personally.
When Lindy was about four months old, she got pneumonia and had to be in the hospital for about a week at Christmas time. It was so sad. We were blessed to be able to go home before Christmas day, but I felt so sorry for the families that didn't know when they would ever be able to leave! I remember that the Charlotte Hornet (the mascot from our pro basketball team at the time) came up to the hospital and gave Lindy a stocking with toys in it. I thought that was so sweet. So hopefully the toys she brought with her helped brighten someone's Christmas!
What can you do with $50? You can make someone's Christmas a little merrier!