Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year for most of us. What we sometimes fail to realize is that this season doesn’t always bring joy. Sometimes it is a reminder of the inability to provide and share in the traditional celebration of Christmas that most of us take for granted.
This year, we chose to share our blessings with the residents of the New Orleans Women & Children’s Center which houses homeless and battered women and children, along with pregnant women. The shelter has provided outreach and assistance for this population since 2007.
We worked with Mrs. Sidney Coleman, the director of the center, in completing the tall task of obtaining and delivering all the items on the wish list within 24 hours. We were given the mission of providing gifts to stock their holiday gift shop – where the women are able to “shop” for their children. This provides a sense of normalcy because they can personally choose the gifts they wish for their children.
After choosing the perfect gift for their child, each mother wraps those gifts, adding her own personal touch. Not only does this provide them with a Christmas experience, it provides them with things much greater than material needs; such as comfort, joy, happiness and a peace of mind. On top of providing gifts for the women to give to their children, we were able to complete the shelters wish list providing the basic necessities of toiletries and bedding that most people take for granted. This donation was done truly in the spirit of Christmas, and we are grateful beyond belief to be able to bestow so many blessings upon those in situations less fortunate than us. Always remember to keep Christ in Christmas, and that it is far better to give than it is to receive.