The Purest Form of Giving is Anonymous to Anonymous
Lets be honest, with the exception of the occasions I can wear a costume for, I hate all holidays. The holiday I used to dislike the most was Christmas. I understand that the holidays are a special time for a lot of people but its also a hard time for a lot of people. I didn’t have a string of disappointing Christmases growing up or anything or that sort. I used to be very cynical of the whole Christmas process but that changed a few years ago.
My particular feelings on Christmas is neutral and I never really cared for it. There are a lot of things I’m neutral about and I don’t bring up, but Christmas really has a way of forcing itself on you. Having Christmas pushed on me has led me to become pretty resentful towards the holidays for years. I just feel as if its an obligatory holiday of gorilla-warfare marketing tactics that force consumers to spend.
“Christmas isn’t supposed to be about gifts”…Well, buffets aren’t supposed to be about glutton. Yeah, I was pretty much Grinch.
And Christmas music is everywhere. Could we be offered anything other than some nursery-rhyme songs from a hundred years ago? Why must Justin Timberlake was his magical voice on remakes of terrible songs?
If I want ever want to do any good, I would go out and do it myself. I always feel a little weird about blindly donating money because I don’t know how much of the money is going to help people. I understand that many nonprofits have overhead to run their organization…but I’m skeptical to a fault.
A few years ago buddy of mine Corissa Pate gathered a group of friends to do “Adopt-A-Family”. We anonymously “adopt” a couple of underprivileged families with children in need of necessities and a little Christmas joy. Family adoptions are facilitated through the Guadalupe Center of Kansas City.
The number of families we adopt depends on the amount of support we can bring together. This year 3 families were adopted. This has become the highlight of my Christmas season. Because I hate clichés so much, I will not acknowledge the truth behind the says “Giving is better than receiving.”
With the exception of Adopt-A-Family and 2 people, no one gets Christmas gifts from me. I’m a fan of this organization because its direct to the beneficiaries. I genuinely believe the purest form of giving is anonymous to anonymous. Gifts are bought, gifts are wrapped, gifts are delivered-anonymously.
The group that is involved gets together at someone’s house for the “Wrapping party”. We have our “Friends-giving” version of Christmas and instead of getting each other gifts, we wrap the gifts that will be donated.
I’m no martyr, I have very very very very little to do with the process. I just donate a couple bucks to the process and show up to the wrapping party. Because I do so little, I am reaching out to see if anyone one would be interested in donating to the pot. A group will go Christmas shopping on December 3rd for the 3 families adopted.
If you would like to chip in, you could visit this page to donate. Or feel free to reach out to me. Its a pretty transparent deal. 100% of the money goes towards gifts and wrapping paper. If you would like to join the Facebook group, reach out to me. Thanks!
Link to donate – https://santashelperskc.com/optin10356745
…and here are some pictures from the last few years.