Today we celebrate as a family with our loved ones (both human and furry!). Today is Christmas Day. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope it's filled with love, joy, laughter, and delight. Before I head off to my cousins' for dinner with my own family, I want to start of my 12 Days of Christmas Blogging with one of my favorite gifts this year.
Two years ago I asked for a special gift for Christmas and my 25th birthday. I asked for donations to fund a well through charity: water. (See posts here and here.) The money raised was not near as much as I hoped, but it was an incredible amount nonetheless. Later in the year my dad, a few musician friends, and I put on a concert to raise more monies and we donated $700 from that concert alone. Together, these two fundraising projects raised almost $1200 for charity: water.
For Christmas this year, I received in the mail a handwritten thank you note from charity: water.
I cannot begin to tell you how much this note meant to me. It told me that the monies donated are being sent to Ethiopia and very soon I will know the GPS coordinates and have pictures to share with my friends who donated. There's something to be said for handwritten notes, still.
Along with my note I got a wristband (which I'm proudly wearing now), a pamphlet explaining about their work, and a bookmark that has some information on it as well.
I am forever thankful for the work that charity: water does in the world and I am so grateful that I am able to be a part of this organization. I am eve more grateful for my friends and family who donated to both fundraisers in their time, money, and love. Thank you for caring. Thank you for finding importance in my hopes and dreams.
Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you all find things to be grateful for this season and remember that the ability to give is the greatest gift you can ever receive.