Christmas Gifts

No Bows or Ribbons

December 13, 2019

Are gifts always wrapped with pretty bows alongside to-and-from
tags? Or is it possible that gifts come in intangible forms?

The five-year lunch buddy that receives a college graduation
invitation from a life well-touched so many years earlier.

A thank you note written in crayon from a little boy who received
his very first B.

A college student that raises her hand to be a Care For Kids
Volunteer because once, a long time ago, she saw someone else raise their hand.

A slight grin across the lunch table from a little girl who had
shown no reaction or response for four months.

A good night’s sleep for the third grader because the heat
was turned back on.

A new coat and a smiling, warm child at the bus stop.

A single mom back in school.

Being mentioned gratefully in a whispered prayer.

Basketball shoes just like all the other kids, with no one
noticing a thing.

A chance to sit at the cool table during lunch.

Once again, a little hand to hold on the way to book reading.

A chance to look, with fresh eyes, at the baby in the manger
and remember what it felt like to be a child at Christmas.

Our gifts of true significance come in moments, without bows
and gift cards. Each one shines brighter than the treasures within a blue
Tiffany box.

These gifts are received because love is given unconditionally. Care For Kids Volunteers are in the practice of giving unconditional love. Nothing is expected in return, but love rides a boomerang.

The greatest of these is love.

Merry Christmas!

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