Anabella's story of the gift of sharing ~
One of our amazing 4th grade students, Anabella, was in San Luis Obispo studying for her 4th grade Mission Report. She saw a homeless man with a cut on his head and no shoes. She became very upset and concerned. She paused and talked about it with her mom. Later, it came up again and she remained concerned for the man. She made the decision at that time that she wanted to help in some way but did not exactly know how. After discussing options with her mom she decided she wanted to give money to homeless people.
She asked her mom if she could give the money she received for getting good grades to buy presents as well as giving some of her own presents to other children who were homeless. She focused on her friends and family asking if they might contribute money so she could get even more presents. In the course of 24 hours, Annabella raised over $200! But she did not stop there. She then created an email message and is sending it to friends and family hoping to get at least $500 to support this cause. She emailed 3 shelters one evening and has already received responses from the organizations who freely shared their gratitude and appreciation for her selfless efforts. Annabella asked them for the number of children in their shelter and their ages and genders. She gathered the names and ages of over 25 children who will spend Christmas in shelters here in Marin. Their ages range from 4 months to 16 years. She intends to buy a present for each of them and wrap them over the weekend!
She also decided she wanted to start a blog and contacted her uncle last night to get that started. She bought the URL Anabellasgifts.com
. She said she really wanted to share her story and all that she's been through in the hope that others would step in and help during the holidays. She said that although she is not alone, she knows what it feels like, especially having parents that are divorced. She also said, "I want the children to know that they are not alone and that someone cares about them. I don't want anyone to be alone on Christmas."
Her mother said, "It is truly a gift to be inspired by your own child and their heartfelt desire to help another child."