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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The True Meaning of the Season

I have been involved with a local organization, New Albany Women's Network (NAWN) since moving here 6 years ago.  We have a membership of nearly 300 women who enjoy social and philanthropic events as well as volunteer activities - just to name a few offerings.

During my 6 years, I have held many positions and have grown passionate about NAWN, its members and its mission.

During the holiday season, NAWN spearheads a Holiday Giving Campaign for families in need, right here in our community.  Last year we helped 18 families and well over 100 people and this year it is more than double. 

Members of NAWN and our community generously fulfill wish lists.  People give what they can, all to make someone else's holiday special.

I delivered presents to a family yesterday.  The mother was so appreciative, she kept saying, "this is a miracle, a true miracle."  She hugged me, shared her story and kept thanking NAWN.  Her parting words were, "I hope I can be on the other side one day and help others."  I got in my car and cried.

While we are all so busy at this time of year, sometimes we forget that others are suffering.  A small gesture, perhaps one less gift for our fortunate kids - really can change the lives of others.

I am so proud and honored to be part of an organization that changes lives!  Yesterday, I saw the impact of our generosity firsthand.  It was overwhelming.

Just to give you an idea of the people we are helping, have a look at the gifts that have been collected.

Of course, you cannot see the gift cards, smaller items or the other side of the room!  

I hope everyone reading this, pauses for a moment to remember the true meaning of the season.  And that you can find a small way to impact the lives of others and make their holiday's joyous.




Tania van der Merwe said...

love this post Shannon - so true! thanks for sharing!

Tat @ Mum in search said...

What a fantastic initiative and thanks for the reminder!

michelle@decorandthedog said...

This is awesome! I work in a medical clinic for those in need. We work closely with the homeless shelter. Our clinic adopts families from the shelter. The children's lists all include coat, hat, scarf....and not Xbox, smart phone, etc. It's a great activity for my staff and just reminds everyone to think about what others are going through!

Melanie Nystrom said...

When the season comes, I can't stop to blog at about the holiday entertainment and gifts. Thanks for the post it's a nice reminder for me.

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