Lara learning about the gift of giving
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.