Every year it feels like the holiday season sneaks up on us. If you’re anything like me you’re probably busy planning your Black Friday plans of attack, or stashing away Easy Bake Ovens in the attic in preparation for Santa’s arrival on December 25th.
But there is simply SO much more to the holiday season than receiving – most importantly the holidays are about giving. I have a heart for giving – I have since I was a little girl. My dad couldn’t get past anyone who was asking for a dollar – I always made him take out his wallet and usually requested that he give them 2, or even 5 dollars. For those of you who are reading this thinking – you never know what they use that money for – it could be booze, or drugs – I always say that that is something that they can take up with God, but that I’ve done my part.
Now that I’m older and in charge of my own wallet, I find myself doing things like buying lunch for the family on the corner, bringing water to an area where I know many local homeless folks congregate, or even spontaneously giving 20, 30, or 50 dollars to someone in need. I listen to my heart and so far it has seemed to pay off. Not too long ago I wrote about a homeless man that I encountered standing on a corner as I was leaving Walmart. I rolled down my window and asked him what he needed. All he asked for was water. I asked if he needed food, money, etc. and he said if I had work he could do that, but he had already had a hot meal, and was sleeping at a shelter that night – so anything more than some water would be more than what he needed.
I told him I’d be right back as I drove back to Walmart to pick up a gift card and some cold bottled water. As soon as I rolled up the window I found myself crying. I was blessed with so much, and yet here was a homeless man saying anything beyond water would be MORE than what he needed. It really put things in perspective for me.
The best part about this story? When I returned, less than 10 minutes later, he was gone.
I am convinced that he was an angel sent to teach me a lesson. He didn’t need me that day – I needed him.
It is my heart for giving that always feels the tug when I get to share things like this with you – and that makes me so incredibly proud of the fact that I am able to call myself a Walmart Mom. Every time that we turn around, Walmart is working hard to give back to the community, both nationally and globally – and for the 2nd year in a row Walmart is kicking off it’s 12 Days of Giving Campaign with a fun Facebook twist.
So how does it work? Through November 18, be sure and visit Walmart’s Facebook page to nominate any nonprofit organization for a chance to receive funding from Walmart. They are planning to fund roughly 1.5 million dollars in non-profit based endeavors through this amazing campaign – and you could be the missing piece of the puzzle! Nominating a nonprofit is simple – you’ll be asked to share the nonprofit’s name, contact information, website and what the organization does to help people in its community.
Then, on December 10, Walmart will kick off the 12 Days of Giving and announce which Facebook-nominated companies will receive funding. Last year, organizations like Cradles to Crayons received as much as 20,000 each to fund new and on-going programs.
So now I suppose the only question is — who will you nominate?
Disclosure: This post was written on behalf of my participation in the Walmart Moms program. All opinions are 100% my own.