“BUT……what you can do is give away some of those toys and electronics you never use anymore. You can look through your things and find five items you can give to a poor child who has nothing. You give away five items and Santa will bring you two presents on your list. If you give away three items, Santa will bring you two presents on your list. You’ve got to give to get…..and that’s the way it’s going to be from this day forward” (parents to child)
That is the story of little Nicholas. Nick’s parents wanted to make sure he was happy. They wanted him to wish for nothing. After all, Nick’s dad owns his own business and mom is a professional who makes a nice salary. Their friend’s children have nearly everything, so they didn’t want little Nick to suffer and fall socially behind the other children in their circle. Little Nick had so much stuff that even he was confused.
Then one day while on a business trip, Nick’s mom heard about a poor community that always had a Christmas exchange of gently used items. Children would play with a toy for a year and trade it in for another toy the following Christmas. That gave other children a chance to have the donated toy for Christmas, when they would otherwise have received nothing. Little Nick’s mom loved that idea so she shared it with little Nick’s dad.
Little Nick’s Dad took the idea to his office where it was overwhelmingly accepted. Within one week, the office had put a large bin in the lobby and employees and clients donated a gently used toy everyday. All of the toys were chosen and donated by the children who owned them. The children of the adult workers had embraced the idea of giving a toy or electronic or a piece of clothing to a child who would smile because somebody remembered.
Within weeks the idea spread throughout the office buildings where Nick’s mom and dad worked. The “give to get” idea had spread throughout little Nick’s school and neighborhood. That following Sunday in church, word of the “give to get” idea came up and quickly became the subject of the minister’s sermon. The church joined the program and pretty soon all the children in the town, even those who did not belong to the church, were participating in give to get. Within one year, every parent in town created the mandate for their kids: Give to get.
Never again in that little town did any child complain about not getting enough for the holiday. Never again did a child threaten to sue Santa Claus for too few gifts or gifts he or she didn’t want. In fact, give to get took on a whole new dimension when little Nick decided the program should begin early in the year. It was little Nick’s decision to make all the children in town start giving up gently used items in July. That way, the bins were full by Thanksgiving and only the children who gave were allowed to shop on Black Friday.
Between Black Friday and the Hannukkah/Christmas/Kwanza season, a new family moved to the town with the wrong attitude and tried to sue Santa Claus for too few gifts and some that were not what they wanted.
The court ordered a hearing, little Jason from the new family showed up and the judge immediately fined him the price of one toy and ordered him to stay in his room on Christmas day or he had two days to give to get. Jason chose the latter and from that day forward, Santa Claus was never sued again, parents stopped trying to relieve their own guilt with toys on top of toys and the children of the town grew up to be philanthropic. Little Nick was the CEO of the charity and new guy, Jason made sure every child was able to get for giving. ©THE END.
by Dianne Thompson ® comments welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org