It’s all about the kids…
The holiday season is by far my favourite time of year. Although the summer heat, beaches and sun are always welcomed, it’s the season of giving that really gets me. The opportunity to do something meaningful for others, for your community, and to try and better the world we live in, is inspired in us simply from the holiday spirit.
Yesterday was a real eye-opener for me. As part of our “Eight Crazy Nights” initiative, we collected toys for the Montreal Children’s Hospital and yesterday we could finally go deliver them to the kids! When we got there, there were a lot more kids than I think any of us had anticipated. We collected some amazing toys for them, hoping we could lift their spirits and hang a bit, but as none of these children were here for just a regular check up, our contact was quite limited. And that’s what got me thinking…
We take a lot for granted.
The room has a giant toy box that looks like it fits in a tree stump, a mural spread across the entire back wall, beautiful bright colors, and kids who are spread from corner to corner waiting to hear results or see a doctor for the umpteenth time.
Yesterday I saw kids battling sickness, I saw parents being as strong as they can be for their children, and I saw a group of volunteers and colleagues go out and try to make a difference in these kids’ lives. On a daily basis I find our generation takes our health for granted. People drink excessively, smoke, and don’t even get enough sleep! But one thing we didn’t ignore was our ability to do something good for the community we live in and help lift spirits of people who could really use it! Shoshi played a card game with a 9 year old girl; Jer put toys in the magic toy box, and every one of us got to see – face to face – the holiday spirit.
I welcome holiday spirit and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do!