Charity: Charity for Children
Posted on December 12, 2013
Cyber Monday, black Friday and get a free credit card Wednesday did not hypnotize me into a spending frenzy. Those manic events are geared to the young that sit on the ground, in the cold, in the middle of the unsafe night. These shopping sprees are to hook the young on credit and put them in a debt cycle.
But there is a less advertised event occurring. Many public places have Christmas trees covered, not with ornaments but with need. There are angel trees with request from children, the homeless and the elderly. Each year I make charity a priority. I choose an area of need and try to fulfill it. I do not impact the world, but only one life. This year that life was a little seven-year-old girl. The little girl was hanging on the angel tree in the hospital. She had a wish list that consisted of a Barbie doll and a bicycle. And typed below her wishes was the modest request of the agency for clothes or one new toy.
I did not realize that buying a doll would take so much time. Barbie is a large industry. She is everything from a nurse, a Dolphin trainer and a fashion queen. Even though I did not see it, she probably glows in the dark. Unreal. But I got the doll with a wardrobe.
Next I looked at bicycles. I remember how happy I was when I got my first bicycle. I was about six years old and I rode the training wheels off. I rode that blue Schwinn from my house and to the corner and back for years. I had to stay in sight of the house. Then one year my mother let me go around the block and my world opened up. Since then I have never been without a bike.
My love for the bike increased into adult hood. And for years, the bike was my only mode of transportation. And now I ride my bikes whenever I can and in any weather. I have been on many long rides in the rain. I have seen a mother owl and her baby, the longest wind chime hanging from a tree, deer and rabbits shirt the brush and snakes stretch across the path. I love pushing through the wind. I am covered with air and temperature, which is like being hugged by nature.
I got a shock when I looked at kid’s bicycles. There is so much cheap junk that is a waste of money. The first time the child gets off the bike and it drops to the ground, the parts will break and roll everywhere. And the sturdy children bikes were pricey. I thought about getting her a used sturdy bike, but what child wants a used bike, when her friend has a new one. I cannot fulfill this wish.
I honestly did not know how to shop for little girl clothes. I was completely lost in the girl’s section as I walked around I shopped in my head. Some children are large while others are small. But fortunately the agency noted that the girl was small. I pondered what colors and styles would appeal to her. I wanted to get things that she would enjoy wearing and stay warm too.
A couple of aisles over a lady were getting school uniforms, so I asked her to help me. And by chance, she worked at an elementary school so she knew what the styles were. It was so much fun picking colorful shirts and blouses to go with black and brown pants. And since socks were on sale, she needed a pair of shoes. As I boxed the little girl’s things, although it was not possible, I wanted to see her face when she opened the gifts. When I took the box to where the agency receives them, the hamper was full of bags and boxes. A lot of people are caring and charitable during this season of giving.