A friend recently posted the holiday tale, “The Gift of the Magi” on the web. If you are not familiar with the tale, a poor couple want to buy gifts they believe to be the other’s greatest desire. Since they have no money, each sacrifices a personal treasure to buy the other a gift – for the woman it is her long, beautiful hair, for the man, his antique watch. When they open their presents, the woman discovers the man has bought her jeweled combs for her now cropped hair and the man finds a beautiful gold chain for his sold watch.
The moral of the story is of course that unselfish love is the greatest gift and material possessions should not matter as much as we allow them to.
In that spirit, spread some love during this holiday season to those in need. Here are just a few of the many opportunities to participate in this season:
Book & Toy Drive - Fulton Homes and radio station KEZ 99.9 have teamed up with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to provide the children with a wonderful holiday. Drop off toys and books at the radio station or at the Borders at The Biltmore Fashion Park on Friday, December 11 from 4-6 p.m.
Home for the Holidays - Our four-legged friends are often forgotten at the holidays. This year, a donation of just $75 to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona allows an individual, family, business or school to become a sponsor and help a shelter pet find a permanent new home. The $75 will go towards caring for the animal until it is adopted.
Holiday Greeting Program – For a minimum donation of $10 per card, a beautiful, specially designed holiday card will be sent to your recipients whenever you wish – for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah – and your gift is tax-deductible. The inside of the card informs those on your list that “a gift has been made in your honor to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.” Personalized cards are also available for businesses.
My Little Stocking – Devereux Arizona, a nonprofit organization that cares for children and families with behavioral health and social welfare needs, is asking the community to help bring joy and hope to 700 children this holiday season. Volunteers can donate handmade stockings, as well as toys to place within. Donations can be delivered to Devereux Arizona treatment centers around the state.
2nd Annual Gold Canyon Gingerbread Festival - The MOMS Club of Gold Canyon is hosting the Gingerbread Festival at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort on Saturday, December 12. There will children’s activities, such as a gingerbread house decorating contest, face painting and music, as well as a raffle and dinner. All proceeds benefit the Pinal County Court Appointed Special Advocates.