Carols will fill the air, homes will twinkle from within as trees herald the coming of another Christmas. And hearts will swell with excitement, joy, and peace.
Well, at least that is the version of the holidays so many of us are privileged to experience.
A lot of us, without giving it much thought - face it, when it is your every day life, you tend to take much for granted - will shop, decorate, give, receive. Especially to our children. Any parent knows, the gift we really look forward to on Christmas morn is the heart lifting glee we feel when we watch our child/ren opening something dearly wished for.
Every parent wants that, but sadly, not every parent can provide that. For so many, they face this season with despair, sadness, and the heaviness of heart because they simply cannot afford a gift for their child. Not one. For so many, food is a gift. Electricity for warmth is a gift.
Over the past couple weeks I have begun receiving emails from needy families inquiring if we will again be doing our annual DGMS Yes, Virginia fund to help keep the spirit alive this Christmas.
And I have replied as I do each year - That it is my sincere wish we can, but that it depends, as it always does, on our blogmunity's ability to raise the necessary funds.
As some of our DGMSers try to give a little throughout the year, we are starting off with a couple hundred dollars already.
If you have been around through the past years, you know the incredible moments we have created in homes across the country. You have bought mattresses, comforters, toys, shoes, boots, coats, clothes, food, paid energy bills. You have not simply kept Santa alive for small children, you have touched lives across the entire age spectrum.
I know, I know, Halloween is just this weekend, but before we know it we will be carving turkeys and then heading full speed towards Jingle Bells and Joy To The World.
If you can help this year, I promise you, you will be part of bringing JOY to the WORLDS of many, many people.
The page detailing our fund is always available HERE and ready to be shared with others you may know who may be in a position to chip in and change some lives. (The instructions for safely donating via Paypal are included. )
The DGMS sleigh is empty and ready for some elves to start filling it!