Share The Joy This Season

imagesEvery year as I begin my Christmas shopping for my children I reflect on how lucky they are to have as much as they do. For me it’s important to remember  that there many people in the world with very little, including a number of local families that struggle during the holiday season.

I believe that it’s very important for my kids to understand how lucky they are and to “share their joy” with others.  That’s why I always volunteer at my children’s elementary school for the Stocking Program.  It’s a great program where each grade at the school joins together to fill a huge stocking, or cardboard box that is decorated like a stocking, with presents for a family in need.  The presents can be anything from winter clothes to toys to grocery store gift cards that can be used for meals over the holidays.  As a school we always fill about 8 or 9 stockings.  As a family we always give generously to at least one family.

I make sure that my children are very much a part of the giving process. We talk about the ages of the kids that we are buying for and what they might like and need.   Then my children and I carve out a day to go shopping for relevant and fun items for each family member.  We always help to decorate the stocking (box) and we actually deliver the stocking right to the school that the family belongs to.

The whole process is designed to be as valuable to the volunteers as it is to helping out a local family that may not have the means as others do in providing a wonderful Christmas for their family.  For my kids it’s a great way to understand the meaning of giving back to the community and the true spirit of the holidays.

397719_518717761494344_51720000_aSimilar to my local efforts, and as a KINDER Mom, I like to share with you another great holiday kindness program that KINDER® has on right now.  For the second year in a row, KINDER® has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network with the “A Joy To Share” program.  The “A Joy to Share” program is one of the ways KINDER® is helping bring joy to families this holiday season.  As families come together this holiday, it is a wonderful opportunity to teach our little ones (and loved ones) about what it means to help others.  This isn’t just a donation – but a call to action for Canadian moms and children to create a greeting card as a means to share some holiday joy to  children and their families at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals this holiday season.

Starting Friday November 22nd, for each greeting card that is created, KINDER® will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Have fun creating your greeting card and remember to Share The Joy this holiday season!

Disclosure: I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

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A Joy to Share

KINDER® is sharing the joy again this holiday season by supporting the Children’s Miracle Network. The Children’s Miracle Network have been helping to save and improve the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals since 1983.

In the video below, the Martin family tell their story of how The Children’s Miracle Network were there when Leah needed them. All you need to do is share this video and KINDER® will automatically donate $1.00 (up to $5000) to Children’s Miracle Network on your behalf.

KINDER® is celebrating the ‘A Joy To Share‘ program with its Facebook community by giving away 7,500 coupons to enjoy their delicious Kinder® Mini Eggs*, for free! This giveaway began yesterday November 26th and the day’s 750 coupons were scooped up almost immediately! It’s OK, there’s still time to share the joy as there are another 9 chances. 750 coupons will be released each day at 12pm ET. Be quick off the mark if you’d like to bag a bag! And while you’re there don’t forget to share that video!

Just a note to remind allergy sufferers that since KINDER® MINI EGGS contain a delicious hazelnut centre, they’re not nut-free.

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.