When I was growing up as young child, I was blessed because I never had to worry about if I was going to receive a gift that was not on my toy list or having to go without a basic necessity such as clothes. My sister and I had grew up in a single-parent home but our mother always tried and succeeded in making Christmas special for us each year. The reason why I say this was a blessing is because this is not always the case in the world we live in today. Due to the state of the economy and a high unemployment rate, many parents are simply not able to buy their children everything they would like for Christmas. In order to help kids have a special Christmas, the Chicago Sun-Times has an annual program called Season of Sharing.
The way the program works is that children write letters to Santa Claus in the classroom with their teachers’ assistance asking for what they want. While some children will ask for toys as expected, a lot of them also ask for items such as clothes, shoes and boots. For people who are able to help, they can request one or more of the children’s letters and pick from one of the three gifts referenced within the letters. Once the gift has been purchased, they can have it wrapped and delivered to the school. For those who are interested in donating money, the funds will be used to buy presents for children whose requests were not able to be fulfilled. These donations usually go toward warm clothing for those who need them and children’s services.
I think this program is a positive one to say the least. One reason is because it allows children to receive Christmas gifts who may have not otherwise had an opportunity to do so. Another reason why I feel this program is a positive is because it allows people to lend a helping to make a child’s Christmas a special one.
It is programs like these that allow us to help make a difference in the lives of other people thus proving that it is in fact better to give than receive.
For people interested in receiving a child’s letter please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773) 890-7373. www.suntimes.com and click on “Season of Sharing
For people interested in donating a monetary contribution, please send a check/money order payable to Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust at the address below:
Season of Sharing
P.O. Box 3596
Chicago, IL 60654
Hook a kid up for Christmas, and make your day, written by Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times