Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Let's #LightTheWorld!

Christmastime is my favorite time of the year and I know it's largely due to the peace that is in our home because of the extra effort we put into making Jesus Christ the center & focal point of our lives.
This year has invited us to participate in 25 days of service. Each day leading up to Christmas, has identified 25 scriptures to help inspire acts of service as well as provided beautiful daily videos to spur you into action. 

Imagine how much closer we can grow towards the Savior during this Christmas season by seeking to be like Him each day in December and #LIGHTtheWORLD.
Some of you may already know that we took the initiative this year to feed the hungry here in Cincinnati by making 100 homeless care-bags. The bags consisted of PB&J sandwiches, water, fruit, candy and a pair of socks. 
The first time I attempted this, on a smaller scale (10 sandwiches), I was sixteen and It was the week of Thanksgiving. I remember making up my mind to make them and driving out to find homeless individuals than being wholly nervous about doing it all alone. But, I'll never forget the feeling of peace that came upon me afterwards and the look of surprise on the individual's faces when they received the food. There is truly no replacement for the feeling that comes from doing kind acts of service towards others!
We all have the unique opportunity to bless the lives of those around us to seek out the needy and to make a positive impact in the lives of others'. The beautiful thing about service is that there is no one way to go about it, there is no quota to fill or time requirements. The important thing is that we simply try and do what we can to think of others and help our fellow man!
We had a pretty big task before us so we enlisted the help of our ward missionaries to help us in our endeavor. We decided to drop off the packages in two 50-bag increments to make it easier to disburse bags. We handed out bags for about two weeks and also gave some to two homeless shelters in the downtown area.

One thing that worked really well for us was making the sandwiches one day and then freezing them and pulling them out the next day we were going to pass them out. 
I think we will have to adopt this as a new family tradition.This has been such a beautiful experience for us. We had so many friends and ward members generously donate items to give to the homeless and offer their assistance in disbursing the bags. I feel like I have gained SO much from coordinating this event and it has really helped our family bring the Christmas Spirit into our home.

How will you #LightTheWorld this season?

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions or would like tips for recreating this!