Last week when J. Money went looking for recruits to dole out some $100s from the Rockstar Finance Community Fund, I gladly raised my hand. Because who doesn’t like being Santa Clause?
The rules were simple. Rockstar Finance gave me $100 that I could use however I wanted, as long as I was DOING GOOD. Secondly, I had to share the story as an inspiration to others. I decided to attempt to be a Secret Santa- I felt like the random act of kindness would be more meaningful this way. Yup- ‘sharing the story’ and ‘secret’ don’t go together well, so here goes hoping that the recipients don’t read my blog!
The question became what we were going to do. There are so many good causes, but I really wanted to keep it on the individual level. And even on the individual level, there are so many people that I would have loved to have used this on. But to keep it meaningful, I had to pick one or two.
There are two families we know that have had a crazy year. In the one family, both parents have been working hard at continuing education and have both graduated this year (one with a doctorate and the other with their second Masters), while still holding down full time jobs and being incredible and highly involved parents.
In the other family, the husband/dad shipped off to the state police academy for three months, while the wife/mom continued to raise 3 children at home (including 2 kids under 2). When he completed the academy, he proceed to endure the long shifts and lots of overtime that being a police officer entails, and working mostly nights and weekends. After such a year, we felt that both of these families could use a movie night.
The one family had older kids, so we figured that the best thing we could get them was a gift card to the local theater with enough to cover admission for all four as well as some concessions. No need to overthink that one.
We also got a theater gift card for the second family, but since they have younger kids, we only got a gift card enough to cover the parents. But, not to leave the kids out, we also put together a ‘movie at home’ package consisting of a A Charlie Brown Christmas on DVD, candy and popcorn. To keep the delivery secret, we dropped the gifts off on their front porch on a week day.
I should be satisfied just imagining the response, and knowing that we did our best to make their Christmas extra special. But we have the advantage of being friends on Facebook and getting to see their response there, which is super fun!
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