Happy Friday! This past Monday, my “Word/Concept of the Week” was “Gift Giving”. During this time of the year especially, there are so many inspirational stories about individuals, families and communities coming together to give to those in need. There are countless opportunities and ways that each of us can share and give to others. Many times we do not even realize something we do, that may not seem like a large gesture to us, can mean so much to someone else. I recently came across a “seasonal” inspirational story that I wanted to share with you.
The Blessing of a Christmas Tree
Lowell, Michigan resident, Chad Rose, didn’t expect to grant as many holiday wishes as he did in December, 2013. He just happened to have an extra Christmas tree that was used on his business’s parade float. So, he did what he thought any decent person would do; he posted an ad on Craigslist to give it away for free. You see, for some a tree is a necessity, an essential part of the holiday, but for many it’s frivolous. Money can be better spent on food, presents, eggnog -- the essentials. Immediately Rose’s inbox was filled with stories -- each more touching than the last -- of why various families would appreciate the tree. One email, which Rose showed to MLive.com, read, “Having a real Christmas tree would be such a great blessing this year [because] usually we draw a Christmas tree on a large poster and hang it in the corner.”
Realizing that even $25 was too much for some families to spare, Rose went out and bought 40 more trees to give away for free; but he wasn’t alone in his good deed. No, the good deed didn’t end there. When fellow upstanding citizen, Ann Posont, saw his Craigslist ad, she contacted him to get in on the action and donated ornaments and trimmings with each and every tree.
Remember - we all have something to give, whether it is our time, talents, or finances. The spirit of giving is so infectious. This story started with a single tree. The amazing feeling that sharing with others provides, prompted Chad Rose to go out and purchase more trees to touch more families. His generosity then prompted Ann Posont to provide adornments for the trees, creating a “pay it forward” mindset. I can only imagine how many other people are inspired by stories like these and then take initiative to give in whatever ways they can to touch another life.
Giving begets giving. I hope this story of giving can infuse the giving spirit in all of us. With a little bit of caring, connection and kindness, we can all make the world a better place 😊
Have a Great Weekend – Take Care!