Getting gifts for our angel

Posted by on November 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
New American Standard Bible; Matthew 18:10

One of the many things I enjoy about my Lutheran church is the amount of outreach that goes on within the surrounding communities.

Our church is equal opportunity, and won’t shy away from you because of your race, socioeconomic background, etc., what better way to be a great witness to others, than by having the spirit of giving. Homeless shelter, food pantry, helping build homes, giving money to those who are in need, etc. It’s truly a blessing to be part of such a loving church.

Each year there’s an angel tree in the annex. The tree is beautifully decorated, and filled with angels. Each angel belongs to a needy child that has written down what they’d like for Christmas. I let my daughter pick our angel this year and at the time, I promised myself I’d chose another angel the following Sunday. Well… that didn’t happen since all the angels were snapped up the day it was available. How awesome is that?

Tomorrow, my daughter and I will visit a few stores, and try to turn our angels wish into a reality. The parents/guardians make the requests for the children.This girls provider only listed clothing such as the coat, socks, scarf, gloves.  Hmm…  I wonder if she would like something else. With the young girls I mentored, even though they didn’t have much,many of them would talk about the typical gadgets that appeal to children their age, so I’ve decided to include a few ‘fun things’ as her gift too.

I do know that our angel is an eight year old girl. Which makes her one year younger than my daughter. If she’s like my daughter was at that age, she’ll appreciate a few fun things that can entertain her, and so we’ll be purchasing a few toys also. I’ll be knitting/crocheting a few items (such as a scarf and mittens) they were on her list of needs. They’ll be much softer/warmer than what I could purchase in a store. The only thing it requires me to do is use some of my yarn, and of course time to make the items. Additionally,  I’ll purchase her a coat at the local department store, along with a nice pair of shoes. Those were on her list.

I must say I’m a bit of a loss, since the colors she likes wasn’t listed, and I dislike not knowing things such as this when I‘m purchasing clothing. So I’m torn… I might see if I can contact the organizer and have them ask the parent what their daughters’ favorite colors are. In doing so, my daughter and I’ll be able to give her something that is warm, and is in colors that she loves.


  • suituapui says:

    That’s a very nice idea. No such thing here but I’ve heard of people in social welfare clubs in the bigger cities here having a campaign to get a gift for a child from a poor family or one in the orphanage. In my church, they collect old clothes for the poor and books for the children all year round.
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    Opal Reply:

    I think so too @suituapui, Outside of the decorating, we don’t get too much into the holidays. I think it’s way to commercialized, but being unable to participate in an activity, because of your financial situation can be extremely hard on the parent and children… I try to help out when I can not just during the holidays, but throughout the year.
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  • Susanne says:

    Wow, that’s a wonderful idea your church has!!!! And I’m so glad that you think about the little things that may seem unnecessary when you look at their overall needs. Also poor and needy children enjoy those fun little things and I’m sure that little girl will love whatever you send her!
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    Opal Reply:

    Thanks @Susanne, I really hope she does enjoy everything. Once I get purchase, I’ll have to take a photo of what we’re sending. 🙂
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  • Jennifer says:

    Certainly a good ‘problem’ to have, eh!? That’s awesome that they were all claimed so fast!!!!!
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