I am truly humbled.
My last post asked for nominations for a little girl to receive a special tutu and hairbow set. I didn't want to post again for the folks that were new readers and didn't want to search for the giveaway information. The stories I sent to me were from moms, grandmothers, aunts, and friends. I read stories of girls who are in the midst of medical treatments, overcome a disability, had a challenging year or started a community service organization. Little girls whose sponsor felt strongly why that child should be the winner. In every story, I felt the love these sponsors have toward the girls. Some stories made me cry.
The stories were so remarkable, I couldn't choose just one winner. I have chosen 2 girls to receive a tutu and hairbow set and a third girl to receive an applique tutu shirt. It was hard enough narrowing the field to three! I wish I had time to make something for all the little girls. I feel very fortunate to be sharing in part of someone's joy this holiday season. I will be announcing the winners and sharing their stories. However, I want the winners to be surprised, so I will not be sharing until after the packages have been delivered. This will likely be after Christmas. Please be patient.
I urge all of you to look into your heart and do a random act of kindness of your own. As I said, I am humbled by the stories of these wonderful children. I hope my own daughters can be as poised, generous and brave as the girls I read about. Your act doesn't need to be grandiose or expensive. How about paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line at the coffee hut? What about filling the slots in a candy machine with quarters for a child to get a free gumball? How about helping a neighbor by shoveling their sidewalk? Have you thought about writing a thank you note to someone who is especially good at what they do? What about telling your child's teacher or daycare provider or school bus driver how much you appreciate them? How about making a tray of goodies for a friend? There are so many ways to show thankfulness and appreciation. Pay it forward. End the year with good karma.
Thanks again for sharing these wonderful stories with me. If you have be the recipient of a random act of kindness, please post a comment or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through the holiday season, I'd love to be able to share your stories as well.