Presents for Poor Kids?

Gifts for Needy Kids


We went to church this morning and brought along our gift of Legos for a little boy named Nicholas. Alex had helped me pick them out and then we wrapped them to take to church. Our church has a huge congregation…about 5000 families! About 2100 name tags had been placed on tables at the back of church the past few weeks filled with names of people who wanted Christmas gifts this year. All the tags had been taken. Being a little tight on funds this year we had Alex pick out just one tag he could relate to and when I saw the tag for a boy who loved Legos, I knew this would be the gift he could help with.

When it came time for people to bring their gifts to the front of church, a huge mass of men, women and children lined the aisles with wrapped gifts, bikes and more. When they sat down the front of church was ablaze with colorfully wrapped presents, almost to the ceiling. It touched me with emotion and, I admit, I teared up. Father had us imagine 2100 people all happy on Christmas because they had a gift to open. I couldn’t help but think of the millions of kids around the world, and especially in orphanages, that never get a present. When we brought Alex and Tatiana home we had to show Alex how to open a present as he had never seen one before.

The first Christmas they were with us and they saw the massive pile of gifts at the church alter, I remember Alex tugging on my sleeve and asking who all the presents were for. I told him they were for poor kids who didn’t have any toys. Just a few months before this, Alex was one of those kids….living in a Russian orphanage…with no toys of his own. So, he looked at me and said, “Am I a poor kid?” I was happy to tell him that ‘No, you are not a poor kid anymore.’ I think at that moment he may have been a bit disappointed he wasn’t poor, since the amazing church full of presents was overwhelming to this little boy who had never seen a present until a few months before.

So…yes…we did help one more boy this Christmas to get something he had on his list. Did we help hundreds of people? least not this year! But we did make a difference to that one boy and that is what matters.

Are you making a difference to someone in need this holiday season? A gift, food or friendly words are important to many people in need. See if you can make someone’s holiday a bit brighter.

If you want to give to a great organization that actually gets 100% of their gifts or money directly to the most desperate orphanages, then go to….

Help Orphans

Take care—-

Deborah Mumm


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Carol Jacques on Sunday, December5, 2010 at 3:35 p12

    Wow, Deb….that is so awesome! That was making me tear up just thinking about seeing all those presents I can’t imagine being there! Many thanks to all the church members that contributed gifts!!!! You are building your treasures in heaven!! Amen!

    Love you all , Carol


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