The Angel Tree

Allyson Kirk

I’m one of those people who get ten times more excited about giving a person a present than receiving one. This usually results in me forcing the receiver of the gift to open it a day or 2 earlier. Sorry, I’m impatient. I don’t know what it is, but I love watching the people open the gift I picked out for them and seeing the look on their face. Usually it’s a happy one. Not too brag, but I’m a pretty good gift-giver (and shopper). Which sometimes hurts my bank account… but that’s beside the point.

I thought I had crossed almost everyone off my list. What a great feeling, all of my Christmas shopping done! Then I saw an ad for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Five seconds into reading and I knew I wanted to adopt an Angel. These little kids may not receive any presents at all. I know presents aren’t the meaning of Christmas… but it adds quite a bit of extra joy and excitement… you can’t deny that.

So, I adopted a 10 year old Angel. She had more needs than wants. It broke my heart. I thought to myself, a ten year old girl is asking for shirts, pants, socks, and shoes for Christmas? When I was 10, I wanted TOYS… Barbie’s, stuffed animals, games… fun things. She had 2 toys listed and that was it.

If my right-out-of-college bank account would have allowed me to buy her a new wardrobe and every cool toy in the toy aisle, I would have. I had to limit myself, but I ended up buying her a pair of jeans, a shirt, a pack of socks, a pair of gym shoes, and a bead kit (all on her list). I couldn’t afford the karaoke machine… but I wish I could have. I’m so glad I was able to help brighten someone’s Holiday just a little. I’ve decided that I’m going to do it every year from now on.

Even though I may not be able to see the look on this little girls face when she opens my gift, I’m pretty positive she’s going to smile. And I pray that one day she gets that karaoke machine.

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