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“Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big Eastern syndicate, you know.”

While Lucy’s quote from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” leans more on the humorous side of things, in some cases it’s sadly not too far from the truth. Like Sally might say, “All I want is my fair share.”

Every other commercial on television this time of year is for a toy, a sale or a big shiny new electronic device you absolutely must have.

But there are some who have little to nothing. Thankfully, programs like Operation Christmas Child and Angel Tree Christmas help provide gifts for kids and families in need.

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Things of My Very Own, Inc. is one such program. This non-profit organization helps bring Christmas to kids and families in crisis situations.

The organization is based in New York. While anyone can donate, locals have the opportunity to sponsor a child or family by fulfilling a “Wish Tag.”

Like other programs of its kind, these tags are filled out by kids or parents, allowing them to write specific items they want or need.

But you won’t find requests for iPads or fancy bikes on these tags. What’s written on some of them will break your heart.

The organization posts photos of several tags each year on Facebook. One tag from 2017 noted a 4-year-old girl whose only shoes were a pair of flip-flops

If possible, the tags for 2018 are even more heartbreaking, mentioning things that can’t be purchased at any major retail store.

“My dad left. Need a job to support my mom,” a 16-year-old boy wrote. He’s asking for clothes so he can get a job.

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Another tag mentions a 14-year-old boy with anxiety who finds it hard to make friends. He is simply asking for bedding.

Still another has been filled out by a mom who lost her daughter in February. The caption for the photo says she’s “a single mom with three children.”

These stories are certainly painful to read, but there is something you can do about it. You can donate to this and other organizations like it.

Get involved this season. Find out what programs are being implemented in your community. It only takes one caring person to make a difference.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
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English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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