Oh, sure, I know you think I mean the countdown to finishing your holiday shopping, or finding the perfect tree, or starting to bake cookies for your Christmas exchange, or getting your family photo taken, or writing your annual Christmas letter …. (note to self: MUST BEGIN letter this weekend!)
But no, I’m talking about the countdown to order your Must-Have-Holiday-Item, the Santa Plate. Christmas is in less than three weeks, which means Christmas Eve is in …. Well, um …. One day LESS than less than three weeks, and you should, must, NEED this plate by then!
Oh my heck, look how much my preshus little babies have changed in just twelve short months!!!
If you ordered a plate last year, give one this year as a gift to someone. A relative. A teacher. Give one to a neighbor or friend who doesn't read this blog and doesn't know about them (and then, hello, tell them about the blog!) Or, just reach in your pocket or wallet -- or shriveled up raisin of a heart (oh, wait, that’s just *me*) and make a donation via Paypal. Marey and her crew of volunteers and fellow donators are accomplishing great things with this fundraiser for three families who could really use a hand this holiday season. Families who not only have the burden of watching their children battle cancer this Christmas, but also enduring the financial stresses of their unique, extreme situations.
When Kendrie was treated for cancer, it really sucked. The worry, the fear, the upheaveal, the feeling of impotence and frustration to see her so sick and know the treatments that were making her so sick would hopefully, eventually, ultimately, save her life. But on a more practical level, we were treated only a few hours from home, and insurance paid basically everything. We were extremely fortunate, but not everyone has that. I know other families often incur enormous medical co-pays, prescription co-pays, travel expenses … some of these families have to set up entire second households, or split the family and have one parent move cross country with the child for treatment while the other parent stays behind to hold down the fort at home.
There are a LOT of wonderful organizations out there every holiday season. I try to put a dollar or two in every Salvation Army bucket I see. We bought a toy (a Rubiks cube, if you really want to know) and put it in the Toys for Tots donation box at Wal-Mart the other night. I’ll be purchasing close to $25.00 in candy canes at my kids’ school to help with the PTO fundraiser. We should always try to help our fellow man, but dude, if you can't do it any other time of the year, do it now, or the sweet Baby Jesus sleeping in a manger is going to be really P.O'd at you.
This fundraiser, for me, is personal. These families are facing the greatest challenge of their lives, and if making a donation means I might be able to help just a little, then it’s worth every penny I can afford to send. And if you’ve been kind enough to follow along on our journey, especially via my previous Caringbridge site, then it’s personal for you, too. I hope, if you have a few extra dollars, you’ll pay it forward like Marey suggests.