Home » #GivingChristmas – Give, Receive & Win as part of Giving Christmas (Gifts)
The idea of a Giving Christmas at Kat’s Cafe was a spontaneous one – it started as myself and other bloggers thought about a way to give back to the special needs community this Christmas by twisting the idea of a traditional Gift Guide?
The idea grew, so now we are just a couple days from officially starting the fun, and we have ten days of reviews, giveaways, and also a focus on giving back as we go into the #GivingChristmas campaign.
At the Cafe and around the web on other special needs blogs, we’ll be talking about ways we can give back this year, and not just in a global “give me money” kind of way, but in a true “reach-out-and-touch” it kind of way.
We’ll be sharing stories of families and organizations hard hit by this amazingly difficult year. Talking about families who are going to be lucky to have Christmas Dinner, much less gifts under the tree (and talking about the Monkey Do project, where the children from Appalachia need help year-round, not just at Christmas).
The end goal will be to literally put a “Giving Christmas” together between brands, individuals, and perfect strangers. We know we’ll have enough of the giveaway products to provide at least part of a great Christmas for one special needs family this year. With more help, more attention, and more excitement surrounding the whole campaign, we could maybe help two, or three, or maybe even more families.
In this hard-hit year, special needs families are making due with less, and trying to do that with the rising costs of therapy, insurance premiums, specialty items, and more. Some special needs families will be split between the hospital and home. Many of these families will be lucky to have dinner on the table, much less more than a gift or two for their child (or children).
Not because they’re lazy. Not because they aren’t willing to work for it. But because they spend 24-7 of their life taking care of another human being, and try to fit a bit of work in around being first a mom or dad.
And for some of them, Christmas will mean being thankful to have food on the table, not gifts under the tree.
We want to encourage nominations for a special needs family to receive Christmas, and plan to share their stories anonymously – but what we’re hoping for, in sharing these stories, is that more people, brands, bloggers, and amazing people will come forward to help make this Christmas a Giving Christmas for some very lucky families.
Lots of people are hurting this year. I wish I could help them all. But I can’t.
I can, however, put all my power and determination into opening eyes as to the difficulties faced by many parents of children with special needs.
That’s what Giving Christmas is about this year at Kat’s Cafe and across the web – Giving Christmas, Giving Gifts, Receiving a few gifts, and winning a little too. But in the end, it’s about giving hope.
We’d LOVE to have YOU join us in celebrating, promoting, and sharing in the 10 Days of Giving Christmas – helping shed light on the needs of the special needs community and on other ways people can give back to their communities this Christmas.
Christmas is about more than presents, sure, but giving Christmas to a special needs family means that we are giving beyond our own desires and giving something hopeful to a family in need.
Can you help me and other special needs bloggers? We’ve got 10 days to make a difference, to make a Giving Christmas reality for some very amazing special needs families!
Note from Kat: Stay tuned if you’d like to nominate a family to receive a gift of Christmas – I’ll have a post up by tomorrow detailing what we’ll need and how you can help spread the word. Want to help us right now? Spread the word! Like, Share, Tweet, and Stumble – help the movement grow!