Letters to the Editor

Letter: Helping others this holiday season

To the Editor:

With the holiday season fast approaching, I would like to share some traditions our family has embraced to make it an enjoyable experience.

As I watched my family running through the store scrambling to find gifts for everyone and consequently showing up Christmas day exhausted, I suggested the adults put their name in a bowl and each person would draw the name of an individual for whom they would buy a gift.

It is acceptable to ask the person drawn to indicate what they would like as a gift. When asked, my answer is always the same.

Since I have four grandsons and one princess, I tell the parent that they must take my grandkids to a grocery store and let them select food for the cart. Payment is made by handing the cash, no credit cards, to the child, hopefully, with some of their allowance included, who then hands it to the cashier.

The entire family then will take the goods to a food pantry for distribution.

As a parent and primary teacher, you have just taught your child the concept of helping others, working together as a family and how money can be used to help people.

Like this idea? Share it with a friend, take this idea to work and post it, and have an enjoyable holiday this year.

Thank you.

Dan Malecki

Crystal Lake

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