The holiday season is the time to give back. I’ve been fortunate to give back to those less fortunate than I am most of my life. My grandmother has had me involved in organizations at church since I was born (more like 5 years old) and when I was younger it seemed like a chore and I would never get a break, but I appreciate those experiences now.
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Through my church there is a Missionary Society that gives back to the community and beyond. As past President of the Jr. Missionaries I have stayed involved in the mission work. Every 4th Sunday the Jr. Missionaries go to a local nursing home to sing songs and read scriptures. On holidays, gifts are given and Christmas was no different. Christmas is always the time to go above and beyond. On other holidays I’ve made pumpkin wreaths, mini flower pots, and cards.
This year we decided on gift bags consisting of toiletries, lap balnkets/scarevs/t-shirts, a pair of socks, a devotional, and a card. The cards I made myself with the help of my sisters (thank God for them). They were made from scrapbook paper, a paper pad I purchased from Michaels for 60% off. I then wrote a scripture (Luke 2:14) on the back, punched a hole, and added a ribbon so they could have the option to hang it.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! – ESV
Having help on a project like this is amazing. Whether it’s donations or help putting the bags togerther, the process goes by faster and everyone gets involved. I had started the bags in early December and good thing I did because I was still assembling them on Christmas Eve. The bags used were purchased from JoAnne Fabrics. Other bags we had at home and some that were donated to the church. Since we were aiming for 60 bags, I wasn’t sure if we’d have enough so some were in gift boxes. The toiltries and sock bags were cellophane bags from Dollar Tree and some that I found on clearance from Michaels.
We were able to make and giveaway 60 gift bags/boxes to those in the nursing home. This is a great gift to do around the holiday season to give to the less fortunate in your are or to even do as stocking stuffers for the loved ones in your life. Extra bags that were not given to the nursing home were given to the sick & shut in of the church and those we saw out and about that needed it.
Who knows how many we’ll make next year. I hope to give beyond the nursing home and to get more people in the church involved. Name it & CLAIM IT!