I have to say, I wasn’t that shocked the day I found out my fourth sister wasn’t my sister at all, but in fact was someone that my mom had taken in. I had no idea she was a young lady who had fallen on hard times. She was around the same age as my sisters. There’s ten years between the youngest of my older sisters and me; so to me, everyone was older. To me, she was my sister. That’s all I knew. It didn’t matter who she was; she was part of the family, and we loved her.
I guess it came as no surprise to me, because my mom was always helping others, even though she had nothing herself. It was common practice to help each other in the community. Passing around hand-me-down clothing, borrowing food until payday, babysitting for moms working late, and helping pay each other’s rent. It’s what you did. It takes strong bonds to build a community, and we had it in spades.
I remember my mom telling me stories of her brother, my uncle Bob, driving in a fierce snowstorm because we didn’t have any food, and I was out of formula. He’d also grab us a piece of furniture or two in his travels. To me, Uncle Bob was invincible. Rain, sleet, snow, or hail could not stop Uncle Bob. He was my superhero.
Growing up in this caring and giving environment has always stuck with me. That’s why every Christmas, The McDermotts adopt a family. It feels so great to give of yourself to help others. Shopping with my kids to fulfill our adopted family’s wish list is a great way to teach my children the values of charity, be it monetary or giving of your time. Their little faces beam as they carry the wrapped gifts up three flights of stairs to our special family. They know they are doing something good, and that is reaffirmed by the joy and excitement they see in our special family as they receive their gifts.
So please, be a superhero to someone this Christmas. Whether you donate some money or donate your time, it all goes into our big wonderful community and helps it grow stronger.
Share Your Story and You Might Win one of these Kids’ Ride-Ons!
I’m giving away a kid’s ride-on battery-powered Joovy vehicle to the fan who shares how they give back during the holiday season. I’d love to hear what your family does to help your community during the holidays. What causes do you support that are near and dear to your heart?
To enter my giveaway, just register for my site and share your charitable story in the comments below by 5 pm PST on December 26st, 2012. I’ll then select one winner from the submissions to receive your choice of the Joovy kids’ battery powered 4 x 4 or Joovy Race Car Ride-On.
UPDATE: I’ve selected the winner, and the story that touched me the most was sent by user Memwa0624. Her generousity did not stop at her story as she offered to give the Ride-On away to the children’s hospital of my choice. The 4 x 4 will be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this week. I was so impressed by all of your stories, but four additional user’s tales really stood out and I couldn’t help but award them something too. So, Natalie Steffen, TR4C33, Rhonda Nunley, and JPCaro will all be receiving a Foocot from Joovy. Keep up the great work everyone, so many people appreciate it! -Dean