Mind­ful gift giv­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - Comment -

RE: HOW TO CUT BACK ON CHRIST­MAS GIFTS (DEC. 6)

I would like to com­pli­ment both Emma Reilly for writ­ing and the Spec­ta­tor for pub­lish­ing this most timely and rel­e­vant ar­ti­cle. It was de­light­ful to read and not preachy in tone.

I have an­other idea for mak­ing Christ­mas a spe­cial time for chil­dren; es­pe­cially the younger ones who re­ceive a lot of new toys.

I can’t take credit for com­ing up with this idea; as it is my sis­ter and brother-in-law who orig­i­nated it, when my nephew (an only child who had a large num­ber of dot­ing fam­ily mem­bers!) was a lit­tle boy.

The idea is this; for ev­ery new toy (ex­cept LEGO) that my nephew re­ceived, he had to choose one from his col­lec­tion that he no longer played with and put it in a box. This box would be given to a char­ity that would then give the toys to chil­dren who would love to play with them. I be­lieve my nephew ben­e­fited greatly from do­ing this act of kind­ness dur­ing his child­hood, as he has grown up to be a kind and com­pas­sion­ate young man who cares about oth­ers.

This idea would make for a Christ­mas filled with joy and cul­ti­vate in young­sters the knowl­edge that re­ceiv­ing a gift, then al­lows them to give a gift to a child who would other­wise not have a “new” toy dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

Thank you for draw­ing at­ten­tion to the wis­dom of mind­ful gift giv­ing, which of­ten is for­got­ten dur­ing this con­spic­u­ous con­sump­tion-driven time of year.

Kitty Stern, Burling­ton

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