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As a parent, one of the lessons we want to teach our children is that helping others is a great thing to do.
We had a family dinner time discussion a few weeks ago with our oldest (this was while J, our youngest, was throwing food at the dog) about being blessed, helping others, trying not to judge others and putting ourselves in the shoes of others.
Our family has been very blessed health wise and job wise this year. My husband still has his job and all of us have remained relatively healthy, we have a roof over our heads, full bellies, and warm beds. We are beyond blessed! We don’t have the biggest house or newest vehicles but we have each other and that is what matters.
We made the decision to replace our dining room table this year. Our old table and chairs made it 18 years! It was of the heavy wooden tables that I could literally get on top of while I cleaned the light above the table (don’t try that at home).
Instead of listing it on Craigslist or taking it to a consignment shop, we decided to donate the table and chairs to a charity that helps people/families rebuild their lives. That way another family can hopefully sit down during the holidays, together as a family and enjoy the food and the comfort of having their family around them. We told H that even though we could have sold it, it’s better to give then receive.
I hope when our children are adults, they can reflect back on some of the values we have tried to instill in them and see why we did what we did.