My 10-year-old son has a friend at school who just moved to the neighborhood a few months ago. I knew he was living with his aunt and uncle and, at first it was him and his sister, but I never asked why.
Well my son, Kyril, reminded me the other day to buy a gift for his friend as they agreed to exchange gifts for Christmas. So I decided to finally ask a few questions since the friendship seemed to be flourishing. I ask where his mom is and I was told she’d passed away a few months ago. What about his dad and sister? His Dad apparently doesn’t want him and his aunt couldn’t take care of them both.
I of course cried and knew it was meant for me to show this little boy that he is worth being loved and that even though things are difficult that there’s still hope. So I packed up about $150 worth of household essentials from my stockpile and took them to his aunt and asked her a few more questions to get a better idea of what I need to do to help.
It turns out he is only 1 of 6 children that had to be split up after his mother passed from a heroin overdose. Imagine the life this baby had lived up to this point with an addict for a mother and father who didn’t want him! Again I cried.
His aunt and uncle were stable financially until all this happened and are now struggling and could only afford to buy him one big gift for Christmas. I asked him what types of toys/characters/games he liked and would you believe he told me that he is happy with anything and just thankful to be able to get something. So humble for a 10-year-old! Well, I knew I had to get him some “Santa” gifts so he could feel the magic of Christmas for the first time in his sweet life. We aren’t rich by any means and
We aren’t rich by any means and honestly, this is the first time in 8 years that I’ve been able to give my kids a decent Christmas without any help, but my son Kyril received a $25 gift card from his schools church sponsor to help get him gifts and he wanted to use it to get his friend something. So I found some clearance toys at Wal-Mart and a few things from other stores plus three toys I was holding until I found the right family to donate them to. I was able to give him nine gifts and one for his little sister too. I took them to his aunt all wrapped and ready for Santa to put under the tree!
I wish I could’ve done more for his sister because I know she won’t be getting but two gifts but at least I was able to do a little to give these children joy and a smile plus show them that even though they have lost so much, they still have hope! – Megan 😀