The Gift of Giving

Happiness doesn’t result from what we GET, but from what we GIVE.

He sat quietly, hiding- although not needing to as no one seemed to notice him, under a rack of CD’s watching the huge screen in front of him. His escape, a safe place to just be and forget for a few moments the hardships and struggles that are his daily life. This little boys name is Ronaldo, I noticed him as I was walking through the shops looking for a picture frame for my son’s artwork from School.

20161206_113237-011The irony is that when I asked Ronaldo if he goes to school he said he wants to go to school but his dad can’t buy him uniform and shoes. I asked him when last he ate and he lowered his head and quietly said “ma’am two days ago I ate.” I told him he didn’t need to be scared or shy and to come with me and we’d get him something to eat and drink.  We chatted a little more as we wandered round the shop getting him some bread, fruit, a treat and something to drink.  He told me he is 11 years old and stays with his dad, but he doesn’t like it because he drinks. I asked him if he had any other family he could stay with and he said no, his mom is dead. I told him I was sorry to hear that, and then changed the subject and asked him if he had any toys. “No, never.” I let him pick himself a toy. He picked the simplest toy; a pack of two cars. I could see his spirits start to slowly lift, my heart ached for this little soul and I wish there was more I could have done for him. This small gesture of food and a toy wouldn’t do much to change his life, but I sincerely hope it gave him hope. Hope that there is goodness in this world despite all the darkness.

A hundred years from now it will not matter what your bank account was, the type of house you lived in, or what car you drove. But the world may be different because you chose to make a difference in the life of someone.

While Christmas is the season for giving, and I love that, I believe we should be giving whenever we can. I’m sure many of you would agree with me. I will always make a difference wherever I am able to, and I will teach my son to do the same. Although he seems to have caught on quickly.

I’ve put together a few options of places where you could make a difference this festive season. Some you might have heard of and others are close to our hearts:

Food Bank SA:

We all need food and to eat, and while most of you reading this are lucky enough to be trying out some of my tasty recipes and new and exciting foods, others are not so lucky. What I love about this is that they are using food that may have otherwise been wasted. For only R35.00 you can feed someone for a month! Food Bank is definitely a great option, in fact, why not sponsor someone for a month as a gift to someone.

Eugene:

This is a man who always greets you with the biggest smile come rain or shine! I’ve never heard him complain and 20161123_133704-011his positive outlook is inspiring. Even when asked how I could help make a difference in his life he is hesitant to speak of his challenges in life. This is a man who loves his family and works through some tough conditions to provide whatever he can for them. He has a wife and two children, Abigail and Daniel. Abigail loves school, but it is not always easy for Eugene to make sure she has a school uniform and to pay what he can for schooling. This Christmas I have decided to rally as many people together to help me make a difference in this  kind man’s life and give him a real reason to smile so brightly, the way he does every day. Eugene is a man who would appreciate and make the most of any opportunity given to him.  I want to put together a food hamper and funds to help him in any way possible. My amazing family is already on board with me, so let me know if you’d like to help him out too. You know where to contact me; tarynlittleton@gmail.com

Cooper Pax: Endangered Animals

screenshot_2016-12-04-09-04-02-011Last weekend my son and I were home and he came and told me he was bored, I suggested he make Christmas cards. Needless to say, that turned into a little business. He has decided to make Christmas cards and sell them. We have been frantically printing, labeling and packaging cards for orders this week. What makes me so incredibly proud, beyond his initiative is that he wants to donate 50% of his earnings to Endangered Animals. So if you still need Christmas cards and want to help a little boy protect something dear to his heart (wild animals) then check out his Instagram profile; COOPER PAX. You can check out his card designs and some fun behind the scenes stuff.

He plans on continuing with his card sales, so feel free to support whenever the need for a card arises! You can place orders here: cooperpax10@gmail.com

To everyone  who has already made a donation, a Santa shoebox, helped out at a shelter or done anything to make a small difference, I thank you! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. There is goodness in this world! If we come together as a community we can really make a change. Let’s make 2017 a year of giving and change and be examples to the loved ones in our lives.

Love and health,

“Mama Wolf” x

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