Operation Christmas Cheer

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Operation Christmas CheerUnder the auspices of Santa’s Sleigh we’re taking on a new, simple effort this year — something we call Operation Christmas Cheer.

Operation Christmas Cheer aims to make this holiday season brighter for some folks who might not be able to enjoy it as in years past.

The inspiration for this, candidly, was my Mom, who had seen her world become smaller and smaller due to declining health.

In the last years of her life we were able to get her into my home for a few hours at Christmas time and she greatly admired the dozens and dozens of Christmas cards our family received via our annual Christmas card exchange.

Wistfully she told me, in the spirit of It’s a Wonderful Life, “No man is a failure who has friends”.

There was a time, she shared, when she used to get Christmas cards for Christmas. But as she got older and her friends faded away — and as she physically grew unable to continue to send out cards of her own — she received just a precious few. Wouldn’t it be great to flood her mailbox with cards from folks all over the world?

That is what we did and what we have done now for several Christmases for a few select folks. And it never fails to lift their spirits and brighten their season.

It seems such a small thing. For those who are elderly or ill or who are shut-in for whatever reason, Christmas coming to their mailbox can be a real boost.

We can do that, can’t we? We can lift their spirits!

There are two parts to this effort. First, the identification and list of names of our recipients. If you know of someone — a neighbor, a family member or just a friend — who could use the love of Operation Christmas Cheer just contact us. Be prepared to tell us a little about them and where we can send their cards.

The second part of the Operation Christmas Cheer effort is actually sending in the cards — and this is where you come in!

This list will automatically be included in this year’s Annual Christmas Card Exchange.

But even if you’re NOT part of the exchange we’ll share the list with you via the Merry Forums. Just watch there for the announcement of the list publication right around Thanksgiving.

Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?

There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
‘Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.

Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.

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