Over the holidays we asked for your help in providing some families with Christmas gifts and necessities. We called our endeavor Operation Band-Aid, and told you about the specific needs of the families we planned to help.
We were blessed to receive the following items from generous donors, as well as some cash to purchase :
- Target Gift Certificates
- Make-Up and manicures for the teen girls
- New running shoes
- Haircuts and hairstyles at a local salon
- DVDs of the Christmas story and Jesus' ministry
- Necklace and Earrings
- Bath and Body products,
- Video games
- Spongebob Puzzle
- Journals and Notebooks
- A Christmas tree
- Tonka Truck
It was quite a challenge determining how to divide up the presents so that we could give as much to each family as possible. This being our first year doing something like this, we had a lot to learn! We also personally drove some of the kids to the mall to do some shopping for gifts for their parents. Additionally, we spent time with a couple of the families over lunch, getting to know them and how we could best assist them. We t
We had a difficult time coordinating with the families that we had originally worked with, and were disappointed to learn that one or two of the parents struggling with addiction reached the point of getting in trouble with the law. That was a difficult thing to watch, and it served to remind us that overcoming addiction only happens when the addict is willing and ready to make a change.
Despite that setback and disappointment, our main objective was to provide for the kids, and we did just that. Whether or not we see those kids again, we know that God has used Addiction Overcome, Inc. to plant the seeds of hope in their lives. Perhaps years from now, they will remember the year that a group of total strangers went out of their way to give them a special Christmas.
It was a privilege and a blessing to be God's servants to the hurting this Christmas season! We look forward to the new year, and the new opportunities he will bring us for helping families as they work to overcome addiction.