This Little Girl’s Letter to Santa Claus Just Shamed All Our Childhoods
Most of us have written a letter to Santa, granted it’s been a few years, but we all did it at some point in our childhood. I remember enthusiastically making lists of all the things I’d seen during Nickelodeon commercials or I’d spotted in my newest American Girl Catalog — I never did get that Samantha doll (mom!).
But that’s just it, as children we’re sometimes unintentionally self-centered. However, the beautiful thing about children is that they’re always surprising us.
Like little Emmileah Anderson of Surrey, UK, who put kid-me’s Christmas list to shame with the kind-hearted and thoughtful letter she sent to the North Pole this year.
According to the Surrey Mirror, six-year-old Emmileah wrote to Santa to explain that, despite being on the “good list,” she doesn’t want any presents this year. Instead, she would rather those presents be given to children who don’t have any.
Here’s little Emmileah’s letter to Father Christmas — sans the spelling errors.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Claus,
Thank you for putting me on the good list every year. I have decided that this year I don’t need any presents from you. Instead I am going to do a walk for charity. Please can you give my toys to the children that don’t have any.
Love Emmileah XXXXXX
Emmileah’s mom, Shannaz Noormohamed, explained the origin of the letter, saying, “My cousin is doing a Santa Run for St. Catherine’s Hospice and she asked if me and Emmileah would like to do it. I asked Emmileah and she wanted to know what a charity was so I told her… I said there are charities for children who don’t have very much.”
Her mother recalls how she cried after reading Emmileah’s letter the first time, “She obviously went away and thought about what I said.”
Before her mother explained it to her, Emmileah had no idea that other children were not as fortunate as she. Emmileah told the Surrey Mirror, “I felt bad that other children didn’t have toys. I didn’t know that before… It’s not because I don’t want any presents. I just don’t really need them.”
Now Emmileah is on a mission to fundraise for St. Catherine, even coercing local police officers into donating to the charity.
Her mother, along with the rest of us, are stunned by the innocent goodness of a young child’s heart. “The fact it has all been her idea makes it even more amazing. I am a very proud mum at the moment. I’m not sure I would have given up my Christmas presents at that age.”
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8-Year-Old Helping Homeless Kids One Cup at a Time
Some kids are born athletes. Others excel at art or science. Jaxon Evans has the compassion gene.
The 8-year-old Bakersfield, California, resident has opened a Kool-Aid stand to raise money to buy toys he plans to give out to homeless children. So far, Jaxon has raised $1,600 and is aiming to raise $2,500 before Black Friday, when he and his mom, Alandra Evans, 39, will hit Toys R Us. (Their local store has even offered them a 10 percent discount.)
“He has compassion for others,” Alandra tells Yahoo Shine of her son, who got the idea thanks to a fellow student who ran a lemonade stand for charity. “It’s cool to aid kids,” Jaxon says.
Alandra Evans, who teaches eighth grade at Sequoia Middle School in Bakersfield, supplied the Kool-Aid and Jaxon enlisted two friends to help set up. He even made up fliers to give out at school, while his mom posted messages to friends and family members on Facebook.
“Everything $1. Or pay with your heart,” read the sign next to donated baked goods and hand-mixed punch. That first fundraiser, held in late September, raised $400. Then word got out on the local news. When people heard the effort was for charity, “that $1 turned into $10,” according to Alandra.
With two sales down, Kraft has sent the budding philanthropist enough Kool-Aid to cover his next two fundraisers, which will be held this month.
Last week, Jaxon and his mom visited the Bakersfield Homeless Center – which mostly serves women and children and feeds up to 500 people a day – to meet some of the kids who will benefit. After speaking with officials about the center’s needs, the Evans family added nonperishable food and baby products to their shopping list.
Those toys Jaxon wants to buy? “Yes, it absolutely makes a difference,” Carolann Wooton, external affairs manager for the center, tells Yahoo Shine. She said that the center depends on individual donors for 25 percent of its funding. Jaxon’s good deed will be well received. “It’s good for our kids,” she adds.
While Jaxon would prefer to distribute the toys wearing a Santa suit, Alandra isn’t completely on board with that idea. But she does know that her son’s heart is in the right place. “His compassion for living things, you can’t teach that in a child,” she says. “You either have it or you don’t.” [x]
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Guys Prank Pizza Place Owner, End Up Making 30 Pizzas For Homeless
YouTube pranksters Roman, Dennis and Chase are up to no good again. Well, actually, they’re up to a lot of good with this particular practical joke.
The guys fool their friend, Joe, into giving them a key to his restaurant in Lewis Center, Ohio, called Wholly Joe’s Chicago Eatery. They tell Joe they need to pick up a forgotten wallet and promise they’ll be in and out in a jiff. In reality, they’re planning on hanging out for a bit longer.
The trio end up spending hours in the restaurant to make 30 pizzas for the homeless. Then, they personally distribute the pies to local shelters and people in need.
It’s maybe the best pizza party we’ve ever seen. [x]
Have you met the Bee Lady? She has raised more than £100,000 for charity
Her name is Jean, and she is 91 years old and known in the City of Hull as “The Bee Lady”, she has her own special bumble bee themed phone box in the city center and has been named Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards.
Mrs Bishop started fundraising for Age UK Hull 14 years ago , after her husband died and initially rented a costume from the charity to attract attention while carrying a tin at shopping malls.
Her daughter later made a costume for her out of three hula-hoops and material bought from a charity shop which in later became a giant bumblebee. As a thanks for her voluntary work she has been to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen, was chosen as an Olympic Torchbearer in 2012,
She recently won an award at Pride of Britain 2013, ‘ The awards were amazing and all of the celebrities added to the £92,000 I had raised to get to my first goal of £100,000′. She states
Pam Davies, chief executive of Age UK Hull, said Mrs Bishop was “inspiring”.
“She has serious staying power to stand with that tin all day, and to do it all in that outfit, which isn’t the most comfortable, is incredible,” she said.
“Really her money has helped us continue to provide services for elderly people in the city.”
PPD Editor’s Note: For once, I recommend reading the comments.
Franklin the Corgi Hides for Charity
Franklin, a corgi pup from Northern California is an expert hider. He’s also an entrepreneur and has figured out a way to combine his hiding prowess with his business acumen. The corgi has released a book, called Where’s Franklin? — it’s sort of like Where’s Waldo? but with an adorable puppy instead of a bespectacled guy in a striped shirt, which if you ask us, is way more fun!
Better yet, Franklin donates the 20% of the proceeds to charity.
But not just any charity, so far, Franklin has raised over $1000 for Corgi Pals, which raises money for corgis in need of veterinary care.
This dog is a triple threat: cute, awesome at hiding, and super generous. What more could you need?
PICTURED ABOVE: Carol Fowler (in blue dress) at the dinner her family turned into a charity event after her daughter’s wedding was canceled.
Word Spreads Far Of Canceled Wedding That Fed The Homeless
We first heard about Carol and Willie Fowler’s generosity from our friends at Here & Now late last week.
Now, the feel-good story of how they turned something sad into something glad is spreading across the Web.
"When Willie and Carol Fowler’s only daughter cancelled her wedding 40 days before she was set to walk down the aisle, the parents were faced with a venue, food and entertainment that had all been paid for.
"But instead of cancelling everything and losing their deposits, they decided to change the guest list — to 200 homeless people."
Carol Fowler told Here & Now that:
"Forty days prior to the wedding … we were made aware that there would no longer be a wedding. [Donating the reception] was my husband’s idea. We prayed about it. And when he woke up the next morning, he said, ‘we’re going to call Hosea Feed the Hungry and ask if we can donate it to the needy.’ I immediately looked up the number and called and spoke with Mrs. Elisabeth Omilami, and in doing so, we partnered. And it was such a wonderful feeling just to partner with them.”
Yahoo News adds that ”the event was titled ‘The First Annual Fowler Family Celebration of Love,’ and the family says it plans on hosting another charity dinner next year. It’s a great example of how you can turn any bad situation into a positive one.”
As for her daughter, Carol Fowler says, “We’re very pleased that she’s handling it so well. … She was also very delighted to see and know that others had an opportunity to enjoy something, rather than just allow it to go to waste.” [x]
(Photo: Steven Senne / AP)
Honesty really paid off for a homeless man in Boston who turned in a backpack containing nearly $42,000 this week.
Since his good deed, an online fundraiser had raised more than $73,000 for Glen James by Wednesday afternoon and brought in offers from strangers of other types of assistance.
'Layaway Angel' with terminal illness pays for 16 struggling families' back-to-school supplies at Kmart
Some struggling families in Central Maine got a sweet surprise last week.
They all received a phone call from the Auburn Kmart’s layaway department informing that an anonymous stranger had just paid off their bill.
"Everybody wants to go back to school with new clothes," said Store Manager Joyce Beane. "Now 16 more families can do that."
The families had all fallen behind on their payments.
Enter the Back to School Angel.
"She was here about 15 minutes. She paid off 16 the layaways in cash, about $3,000. Then she said I’m not feeling well I need to leave," recalled Beane.
The woman told the staff she was terminally ill and just wanted to do something nice for others before she died. .
Rina Thibeau, an Auburn grandmother who works nights as a janitor, was of the 16 people who learned she’d been touched by the Back To School Angel.
She says she still can’t get over it.
"It takes all kinds of people in this world," said Thibeau. "This lady proved there are still good people out there."
It turns out Thibeau is one of those good people too.
She uses Kmart’s layaway program to buy gifts for needy children for a charity she started with friends called Christmas Smilez.
She says they helped 85 families in Androscoggin and Oxford Counties last year.
"So many other kids, this woman is helping and she doesn’t even know it," said Thibeau. "When I talk about it, It’s like a dream."
Its not the first time a layaway angel has touched down at the Auburn Kmart.
In 2011, a man and his two children came in just before Christmas to pay off every outstanding layaway balance in the store.
When word of that act of kindness got out, Store Manager Joyce Beane said offers of help came pouring in.
Beane say she hopes this angel’s actions cause people to reflect on what they would do if they knew their days were numbered ”and I think if we all, once a day or once a week, thought of doing something kind, there would be a loft less strife in our lives,” she said. [x]
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UN marks first annual International Day of Charity
Donate time or money, volunteer or act with kindness, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged people around the world as the United Nations marked the first ever International Day of Charity coinciding with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa.
“Charity plays an important role in upholding the values and advancing the work of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day, which will be observed annually on 5 September.
“Charity sometimes gets dismissed, as if it is ineffective, inappropriate or even somehow demeaning to the recipient,” he added. “Let us recognize charity for what it is at heart: a noble enterprise aimed at bettering the human condition.”
Morongo Provides 400 Children with Back-to-School Supplies and Shoes
Four hundred school children in southern California went back to school with backpacks filled with school supplies, new sneakers and other goodies, thanks to the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and its partners in philanthropy.