Giving Is The BEST Gift...
You can give yourself!
Our Ruby Red Holiday Charity Project
Yesterday we were watching the Polar Express and my son didn't understand why Santa never came to Billy's house (Billy's family lived in poverty). He asked if he was on the naughty list. I told him he wasn't on the naughty list and he said "then why wouldn't Santa go to his house?" I found myself not really knowing how to answer his question. How do you explain to a 5 year old that there are a lot of kids who don't get gifts on Christmas morning, not because they don't believe in Santa or they are on the naughty list, but because their mom & dad don't have the money to buy them. It broke my heart.
A Family In Need
I posted on Facebook that I was looking for local opportunities to give back this holiday. Kim Valdivia, A Ruby Red Star, replied that she knew of a family in need. When I read this story I knew it was the perfect family for us, Team Ruby Reds.
After all, helping other women is what we do!
Antoinette is a 23 year old young lady who has been working hard at doing all the right things. She wanted to break the cycle that she grew up in….not getting pregnant and rising above the struggle of poverty. Antoinette has worked hard at school and keeping up at her job.
However, when her mom died of cancer 6 months ago she was left to be guardian of her teenage siblings; Lamar, 18, who lives out of the home; Libby,16; and Destiny ,15. Shortly after she took guardianship of her siblings her niece was put into the Children's Division custody due to neglect by her mother. Her niece Summer, 13, was placed with her in foster care and Antoinette is pursing adoption for her niece as well.
Antoinette is still working hard and doing her best, but she is struggling to make ends meet as the caregiver to all 4 kids.
Antoinette is also working hard to complete her homestudy so she can become a licensed home and legally adopt all of them. Most of the free Holiday programs don't provide gifts for teens, only young kids so she is limited on assistance.
"She is an amazing woman, hard worker, resourceful and able to take on much more than I could ever imagine"- from her social worker
Here Are The Wish Lists
How YOU Can Make a Difference!
As a team we are pooling our donations so we can shop for Antionette. We will gift wrap her gifts and then give her the gifts for the kids so she can wrap them. If we have money left we will give it to the family in the form of Price Chopper Gift Cards and/or Gas Cards.
Please Donate by FRIDAY, December 12th.
To donate you can paypal me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also do a credit card if you call me. Or you can mail me a check. If you want to mail a check please email me at email@example.com to let me know how much you are sending. I'd like to go shopping for this family on Saturday. And I would LOVE some help doing the shopping :)
I thought if you gave at least $15-$25 we would have enough to buy all the gifts and groceries. If you can give more that's awesome. If you can't give that much please just give what you can. I understand many of you have already gifted to other families and causes.
If you are mailing a check please send it to:
5016 W 141st Terr
Leawood, KS 66224