Lara learn­ing about the gift of giv­ing

Mansfield Courier - - Courier Opinions/People -

CHRIST­MAS is the best, es­pe­cially when you are sev­enyear-old Lara Seaton, and have tried to be good all year.

“Santa is magic, and he watches to see if I have been fight­ing with my brother,” she said.

“It’s ex­cit­ing when we can write our let­ters to Santa and post them to the North Pole for Santa and the elves to read.”

When Lara wrote her ‘List to Santa’ this year she knew that four things, and four things only would be on that list.

Some­thing I want, some­thing I need, some­thing to wear and some­thing to read, with a spe­cial ex­tra sur­prise gift of Santa’s choos­ing.

This stemmed from pre­vi­ous years of be­ing rather spoilt by a very gen­er­ous Santa only to be dis­ap­pointed by not re­ceiv­ing that one cool ‘thing’ that Lara wanted most in the world.

“Christ­mas is all about spreading Christ­mas cheer and giv­ing, not just re­ceiv­ing,” Bri Seaton, Lara’s mum, tried to ex­plain.

The con­cept of giv­ing was get­ting a lit­tle lost in trans­la­tion with the seven-year-old.

So what bet­ter way to ex­plain about giv­ing, than to show Lara.

A quick Google search later, and Lara was ex­cit­edly signed up to The Smith Fam­ily Toy and Book Ap­peal.

Lara de­cided she would like to aim for over 300 toys and books to be de­liv­ered to chil­dren who would have oth­er­wise gone with­out this year.

Bri is also work­ing in with the Mans­field Shire Coun­cil for any ex­tra gifts to be de­liv­ered to lo­cal fam­i­lies in need.

Marks IGA Su­per­mar­ket in Mans­field is kindly sup­port­ing Lara by al­low­ing the do­na­tions bar­rel to sit proudly at their front door.

Mean­while Mans­field Newsagency and Coun­try Tales Mans­field have both gen­er­ously of­fered a 10 per cent dis­count on all books and toys pur­chased, men­tion­ing that they are go­ing to Lara’s Toy and Book Ap­peal for The Smith Fam­ily.

“There are some rules around what can and can’t be do­nated,” Bri said.

Gifts need to be new, un­wrapped, in­clude bat­ter­ies if the toy re­quires them, colour­ing pen­cils if gift­ing a colour­ing book, and not be on the un­suit­able list.

Gifts that can’t be ac­cepted are cloth­ing in­clud­ing dress up cos­tumes, food, break­ables, toy weapons, re­li­gious and preloved items, beauty prod­ucts, cal­en­dars or com­puter games.

When Christ­mas shop­ping this year, please buy an ex­tra book or toy and leave at Marks IGA ready for the early De­cem­ber delivery.

“I hope that ev­ery­one will think about giv­ing some­thing, just one thing, to help make an­other child’s Christ­mas spe­cial too,” Lara said.

Let’s help spread the mes­sage of giv­ing and love and en­sure chil­dren in need re­ceive this Christ­mas mes­sage.

FES­TIVE SEA­SON: Lara and Levi Seaton are cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas dif­fer­ently this year.

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