Christmas of 2006, it came to my awareness that not every family has a wonderful, present-filled Christmas. Some children go with out, some parents tell their kids Santa is sick this Christmas and won't be coming to their house. I have always had an amazing heart warming Christmas holiday and to know that there are millions of families out there, even in my neighborhood not experiencing the wonderful holidays broke my heart. I wanted to somehow bring Christmas to them so I formed a charity event called "The Giving Tree" through my church. We arranged to have a big breakfast with Santa one Saturday morning in December with a children's play of the nativity.
To prepare for the event I searched for families in need and made different tags with necessities and toys written on them for each family. I advertised with posters, announcements, and flyers that everyone who wanted to help would need to take as many "wish" tags (items needed for the families) off our tree, write on our log sheet which they took and buy the present, then bring it to the big Church breakfast. The Next week i noticed that all of the ornaments were taken I realized what a big success this was becoming I immediately made more; that meant, more for the families! My family took initiative to buy all remaining presents. When the day came, I couldn’t believe what a success it was. I was overwhelmed with joy that we had SO many presents. We loaded them in our cars and took them to my house. Through the next week I sorted the presents in their families, wrote gift tags and put them in bags. The day came that me and the young men and women of our church delivered our gifts. It was unfortunate that I couldn't be in 7 places at once and see every family, but I was able to bring presents to 2 of our families in need. One of which was a grandmother raising her granddaughter who earlier that year had a house fire, making it absolutely impossible to give her granddaughter everything she needed. To hear how grateful she was for what we had done touched my heart tremendously. We sang a couple of Christmas carols and were on our way back home, I knew this was something I wanted to do every year. This year i am starting a fundraiser called "20/20 for the New Year". Helping blind people in third world countries get caterac surgery to cure their eyesight. Seventy-five percent of people who are blind can be cured, ninety percent of those people live in third world countries. Through this organization called SEVA it will only cost fifty dollars for the surgery. I can't imagine changing somebody's life in such an incredible way.