Christmas is always the most special time of year, especially for young children. It’s a time to celebrate family, enjoy the comforts of home, and get lots of presents if Santa thinks you’ve been good. Being part of Women in Distress you can imagine what a hard time I was having trying to convey these ideals to my two and four year old.
After all, I just moved them from the only home they’ve ever known, filled with toys and all their precious things, to a small room we all share. I had to explain to my children this Christmas that our family has changed because mommy needed to be treated more nicely. Their whole little worlds have changed only a few months ago, but thanks to Women in Distress the joys of presents on Christmas morning remained the same.
The morning my fellow members and I picked up our donated toys was like Christmas just for moms. I literally cried with joy at the generosity of the community around me. My children would know that YES Santa does think they’ve been good this year, and yes the things they left behind were gone but new things would come.
Through the donations given to Women in Distress my children got a Radio Flyer cart, that they are already obsessed with. My daughter got a Barbie and a Lalaloopsie doll (the doll that was in every other commercial leading up to the holidays) and my son got a soccer ball and a puzzle. I got some new books to add to their bedtime reading.
To say that the donors of these gifts made our Christmas is an understatement. I literally could give my children nothing this year, but they did. For Christmas I got to see my children happy and laughing and loving life and this is the best present I could have ever gotten. Thank you again to all of the people who helped make that possible.
*Participant name has been changed to protect confidentiality