If you ask my son what he wants right now, he’ll tell you “cars, trains and nuffing.” (That means ‘nothing’.) This is the first year he’s really been able to tell us what he would like for gifts, and he hasn’t been too demanding. He really wants for nothing…except for a candy cane now and then.
At dinner this week, my mom was telling me of a young boy who was asked what he would ask Santa for and the boy got wide-eyed and said, “can I ask for a blanket?” The five-year-old is homeless, and he would request a blanket over anything else.
That story has stuck with me. It’s so interesting to see children’s wishes and how vastly they differ.
If I had one wish, it would be that children didn’t have to ask for blankets – because they’d already have them. They would have enough food on the table at all meals, and a warm place to sleep.
I wish it was that easy. When I wish for something, it’s generally an object and it can be delivered to my doorstep. I feel like I should give my UPS driver something this month. He’s been at my house a lot the past few weeks.
I’ll be doing my part over the next week and donating blankets and toys to local charities. (Last month, we donated coats to the church – they were able to get them to children who needed them.) The blankets and toys won’t grant the wishes of every single child who wishes for them, but they’ll reach a few kids at least.
Right now, if you wish for something (meaningful!) and use the hashtag #WishesDelivered on Instagram or Twitter, UPS will donate $1 to one of their charity partners (Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club, or Toys for Tots) up to $100K! Wishes can automatically be submitted to the #WishesDelivered site by simply posting the wish on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WishesDelivered, or going direct to the #WishesDelivered site and submitting there.
What is one wish you would make this holiday season?