IT’S THE MOOOOOOST, WONDERFUL TIIIIIIIME OF THE YEAAAAAAAR!!!!!!
Today is the day! Today, folks who need a little extra get to post their needs. If you need something to brighten up the holidays for your precious family — Rest! Breathe! Help is already on the way!
If you need a little extra this year, or know someone who does, please forward this on. If you don’t think you know someone who might need this program – you do. People who need help look a lot like people who don’t need help. We all need a little help sometimes – so please share this post.
If you have a little extra to give this year or know some folks who do, pleasepleaseplease mark your calendar to meet us back here on TUESDAY, November 19 to review the requests and find your family match for this holiday season.
WE BELONG TO EACH OTHER. LET’S PROVE IT.
To list your needs and become part of Holiday Hands 2019, please read below and then click here.
IT’S OUR NINTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HANDS!!!!!
As we begin our Ninth Holiday Hands, a love project that has made the holidays brighter for more than 5,000 families, I’m thinking back to how it started that day in 2011:
I was watching a news story about the economy and there were many families talking about how they were going to have a hard time buying gifts for their children this year. Some said that having their usual Christmas dinner was not an option, because they didn’t have the money for the turkey and the stuffing and the yummy desserts. Some said they were worried about paying the heat bill during the holidays. There just wasn’t any extra. None. All of this made me want to stick the fork I was holding directly into my eye.
Then I started thinking about how there are probably many of YOUR FAMILIES in these situations, and that made me want to put my fork down and start brainstorming. Because no way. Not on our watch. We might not be able to fix everything, but we can do some things. We can acknowledge each other’s needs, hear them, and then help each other in little ways, because we belong to each other.
I’d rather my kids have three holiday gifts and your kids have three holiday gifts than my kids have six gifts and your kids have no gifts. That’s the bottom line here, for me. And I bet it is for you, too. I think I know you well enough to know that you agree.
I figure that everyone reading this has a need this holiday.
Some of us don’t have enough this year. These folks need a hand putting food on the table and buying gifts for their kids.
Some of us have a little extra this year. These folks need to reach out to other families and share, in order to wake themselves up and connect and really experience what the holidays mean.
And some of us have just enough. These folks need to sit back and witness some miracles, to keep believing in people and love.
We all have needs. When we don’t share our needs, out of pride or fear of rejection, we deprive other people of fulfilling their needs. Sometimes we need to receive and sometimes we need to give. Seasons change. So please decide which type of person you are this year, and participate accordingly.
That’s how it started…with a little idea and a lot of love.
Here are just two stories about families you showed up for last year:
And those are just TWO of the listings. TWO. Out of hundreds and hundreds.
80 people wrote in simply asking for notes and prayers from us. I tried to count the number of responses to each of those listings and had to stop after the first two, because more than a hundred of us signed up for each. After that I just scrolled and scrolled, with heart overflowing.
That is part of what we did last year, and we’re going to do it again.
Let’s get started.
Today is the day for folks who need a little extra to post their needs.
And if you have a little extra to give this year or you know some folks who do, pleasepleaseplease mark your calendar to meet us back here on TUESDAY, November 19 to review the requests and find your family match for this holiday season.
PLEASE READ THE HOLIDAY HANDS GUIDELINES:
First: Please read and reread and rereread the instructions before posting a listing or asking questions.
Second: There is a cap of $100 on each request (per family) in order to be able to help as many families as we can navigate the holiday season.
Third: Requests may be submitted to us for a limited time. You will receive a confirmation email once you submit a request—please be sure to check your SPAM e-mail folder. We will keep submissions open until we reach our Holiday Hands capacity (which could happen in a matter of hours or days). Requests will not automatically be posted when submitted and just because a request was submitted does not mean it will necessarily be part of our Holiday Hands program. Rather, we will be collecting and reviewing requests and then we will post the final requests that will be part of Holiday Hands on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19.
Fourth: Every year, after Holiday Hands is shut down, Together Rising continues to receive and fill requests for holiday miracles through mid-December. If you would like to make a one-time or monthly tax-deductible contribution directly to Together Rising to allow us to help those families, please click here to donate.
WE BELONG TO EACH OTHER. LET’S PROVE IT.
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