Give Thanks 2016

Operation Give Thanks for the month of November was a big success. We repeated some projects and did some new ones too. New to the roster: making a care package that went to Italy for our pal Jessica, donating to Project Linus, and leaving money on vending machines at the hospital. The kids always want to thank their teachers, this year we had our friend Pam give chair massages at school. The kids escorted teachers to the chair massage room, made introductions to Pam, then gave each teacher a card when we were done. This was the first year that dad was able to go with us to ChildServe to deliver our Thanksgiving cards to the kids who live there.

We also do easy smaller things in the month….like donate collected pop tabs to Ronald McDonald or mail cards to family. These are perfect on those busy school days.

We “adopted” a fourth grade boy from a Junior League friend’s school in East Des Moines. (I had to explain to the boys we weren’t officially adopting this boy). I love doing this because it seems to hit home for the kids. They relate to someone their age and the teacher is good at giving a few details about the kid…more than just a clothing size. For instance, she shared up until recently, his family was homeless. The students get to request one book and one item of clothing. The clothing item he requested was socks. The teacher said she’s never seen him wear socks to school. Something simple that we take for granted. He asked for Magic Tree House books. Josie said she is done reading her books and the boys said they would rather this boy got them than keep the books for them.

Every year I am proud of the kids for playing such an active role in this family tradition. They lead with their hearts, help decide what we will do, and constantly are reminded it is better to give than receive.

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