Growing up, Christmas is often about what you get. After all the packages are unwrapped, you talk with your friends on the phone about what you got. Was it what you asked for? Did you get those –insert favorite brand here- jeans you wanted, or did your mom get the off-brand ones, saying “you’ll just grow out of them”? I was a typical child too, and looked forward to each Christmas morning hoping I would get all that I asked for. How lucky and oblivious I was! Now that I am an adult, I’m much less concerned about what I got, but I won’t say that I am not excited about the gifts. I don’t buy much for myself in general, so I’m always ready to share an idea with anyone who asks. I’d like to think I am much more appreciative of those gifts now, though.
That kind of excitement I had growing up is why I am so grateful for our CareShare program. Some of the children in Putnam City certainly do not have those memories of a carefree Christmas that I had, but thanks to the many generous students, faculty, and community people they will be surprised come December 25th. I am so grateful to report that despite the increase in requests, year’s need was met. The Putnam City family came through and has adopted 1,111 children from 400 different families.
The stories our CareShare volunteers hear are heartbreaking. Some families are dealing with long-term illness, others have lost jobs, and still others have been victims of shocking disasters. Our counselors hear all these stories, and we do our best to help them in a variety of ways. We reached out to churches, businesses, long-time helpers, and millennials and they answered the call!
I can’t tell you how proud, impressed, and humbled I am all at the same time by this program. I’m proud that Putnam City continues to be unique in offering this type of program for our students and their families. I’m impressed by the organizational efforts of the dozens of volunteers who execute the program each year. I am humbled by the donors- the Putnam City family- who make Christmas come alive for these children each year.