Let’s talk Santa!
There’s a good chance the 6-year-old and the 4-year-old little girls in our adopted family believe in and love Santa Claus. But have they ever believed he loves them back?
Maybe they think they just weren’t well-behaved enough to get the toys they want. Maybe they think Santa just doesn’t care about poor children. Maybe they don’t even believe in Santa – maybe they had to be told at a very young age that he didn’t exist so they knew why they weren’t getting presents from the North Pole like the other kids in school. We don’t know and we never will.
But we do know Santa won’t ignore them this year. All because you guys are doing a truly amazing thing.
I’ll be honest, with my surgery and subsequent month-long illness resulting in the need to shorten our drive this year made me think we’d have modest donation total. Not due to a lack of generosity, but simply a lack of time to get the word out. I have never been more pleased to be mistaken.
As of this moment, we are standing at $5,4508.9 donated thus far. Which I’ve had to update twice while writing this, btw. Last year the total donated was $7,351.77. (The odd amounts reflect PayPal fees.)
So with a couple more days to go, we are shy of last year’s total by less than $1,900. That’s INSANE. Insane in the very best way imaginable, but still insane.
I was literally in tears today. Not only will we make Christmas amazing for our family, we’re going to get to donate a bunch of things to the general holiday collection – focusing on the mothers who have fled a domestically or sexually violent environment, as well as their older children (who never get as many donations in toy drives – everyone has more fun shopping for the little ones.)
The coordinator I spoke with today, who has been my contact this year and last, said the adopted families have often never had the joy of opening presents together on Christmas morning. Many of them have sought shelter with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They are in a time of emotional and physical upheaval and transition, and providing Christmas for them is most often a pure infusion of joy into an otherwise stressful, cheerless time.
We are so incredibly grateful to have such generous, fabulous, loyal friends, fans, and followers out there. This – this charity drive – this is Christmas.
We’ll be in our chat room starting at 7pm(ET)/midnight(GMT)