Giving Children The Gift of The Christmas Season

Christmas gifts.

Christmas gifts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently I did a story on a sub Santa Program in my home town. Sub Santa provides gifts for those children that otherwise would not have a Christmas this year because of their family circumstances. I think Leo Buscaglia says it best when it comes to what we can do to help someone else.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia

This is brief excerpt of the story that will appear in The Courier Sentinel this week.

Dawn Navarra has been working with the Sub Santa program sponsored by the Wells, Minnesota Lake and Kiester Lions Clubs for 12 years. It is the smiles on the faces of the children, knowing that they are going to get a gift that puts a smile on Dawn’s face. “When I see that smile on the face of a child it goes way into my heart.”

Sub Santa started many years before that at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, organized by Audrey Schroeder. The Lions became involved with the program about eighteen years ago.

Sub Santa provides gifts for children who might not otherwise have a gift under the tree on Christmas. Trees with tags are set up in area banks in Kiester, MN Lake and at three banks in Wells.

This might be a story about three small communities in Minnesota but the Caring and Sharing and Sub Santa programs are helping all across the nation sponsored by different groups and different individuals. Please take the time to find one and put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.

There is a real need in our communities,” Navarra shared, “Until you
work with it, you don’t really know.

We don’t know unless we experience it ourselves. The entire article can be read in the Courier Sentinel. Like their Facebook page for updates on their new website coming soon.

Remember what you do to help someone else, may change their lives forever.

What Would You Attempt To Do If You Could Not Fail?

I keep a plaque hanging above  my desk that says “What would you attempt to do if you could not fail? I am now at a turning point in my life. At 60 I have to make a choice on my career.

All of my life I have made many choices out of fear. Or should I say I have made many choices because of fear and it has stopped me in my tracks from accomplishing becoming all I could be.

This weekend I remembered who I was in my youth. I believed I could do something and I did. And then I stopped. I stopped long enough to listen to those that told me it couldn’t be done. I listened to those that put up roadblocks for my life. I listened to everyone else but myself. I became afraid of failure instead of moving through failure to new beginnings.

One of my favorite authors Leo Buscaglia once said “We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.”

I believe that is true. If we have no failures how can we know success?

At 60 starting a new business is daunting. Fear says to me “It won’t work.” Fear says to me “You will be homeless if you don’t succeed.” Fear says to me “Stop. Give up. You can’t do it.”

Can I look fear in the face this time and say “You are wrong. I’ve already conquered you.”