Deeply moving stories are arriving daily from people who participated in the Disney Stocking Stuffer Celebration. This video briefly shares a few of those stories.
One woman involved more than 1,000 people to inspire the dreams of over 2,000 youth and families.
Late one evening, we received a post from Afghanistan from a service man whose child received a Disney stocking. “As a deployed soldier in Afghanistan unable to be with my family for Christmas, this warms my heart to know that people are willing to take time out of their busy schedule and put together something special for my son. For just a moment in time I was able to take my mind off the dangers and weight of being in a combat zone and smile at my son’s elation at the stocking you provided. You have made an impact that spans the globe.”
It mattered to a young boy at Elmdale Elementary School in Springdale, Arkansas. Upon receiving his Disney gifts and food, this third grader beamed with joy and said, “This is the best Christmas I have ever had!”
It mattered to a teenage boy who said, “I have never had Christmas. Our family hasn’t been able to afford it. This is the happiest Christmas ever.”
We have read blog posts and facebook posts from communities across America. We look forward to capturing the stories and sharing their impact with you in the next few weeks.
People care about children. We are confident if they have a SIMPLE idea that they can do in their communities to help children where they live, people will find a way to help. My grandmother often said, “Everyone can do something to help others!” Through SIMPLE Service, we are finding this adage to be filled with truth.
If you did the Disney Stocking Stuffer Celebration, pleasesend us your REPORTby New Year’s Eve. Whether you helped one child or many, your report is important to us. Your reports inspire others to join you. Each act of kindness matters to our children. Enjoy this video of CHAMPIONS who took part in the Disney Stocking Stuffer Celebration.
Each month, we will bring to you SIMPLE Service Ideas to improve the lives of children in your communities! We invite you to pick twoSIMPLE Service Ideasthis year, and do them. Each of us can do something. Arriving to you this January is the Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack. When you are at the store, why not purchase some nutritious snacks and bring them to a school in your community?
Rita created a stocking filled with Disney items fit for a princess to be distributed to a child spending this Christmas in the hospital. Rita truly understands how fortunate she is to be blessed with good health, especially at this time of the year. Read more here.
Tonia celebrated this holiday season with iGive tickets. When her son drew the ticket to “Choose Toys To Give To Others” he got to do the Champions For Kids Simple Service Project. Together they created a Cars 2 stocking and donated it to a local family who has been having a difficult time. See their story here.
As Candace says, “the more love you give, the more you have. ” At holiday time her daughter plays piano for the residents at a local senior center. Showing her children about the generosity of spirit, she and her kids created stockings for Volunteer 4 Long Island. To see her family’s adorable Christmas, read here.
Sharing in a season of Blessings #CFKDisney #cbias
Brandy took her three girls shopping for Disney princess and Tinkerbell themed items. They took their stocking to the local fire department so the firefighters could pass on the stocking. After all, firefighters see firsthand how many children’s holidays are affected each year by fire. Now, thanks to Brandy and her daughters, the firefighters can give this gift to a deserving little girl. See the firefighters receiving the stocking here.
While April’s intention was to bring cheer to another family, she says that the real gift was watching a child’s joy. She and her sons shopped for items for a two year old boy in their neighborhood. The Lion King was the theme of the day. April said that after seeing the joy on the little boy’s face she would do this SIMPLE service project one hundred times over. In addition, her sons learned about the joy of giving to others. To read more, please click here.
My 4th grade Girl Scout troop at Washington Elementary in Fayetteville, Arkansas, stuffed #DisneyCFK stockings yesterday and gave them to our school counselor at Washington. They will be distributed to kids who are in the greatest need!
At R.E. Baker Elementary in Bentonville, we did a Christmas SIMPLE Service project inspired by your Henkel Global Leadership Conference in October. Thanks to the wonderful parents of “Baker Gives Back” we were able to buy the fleece to make Fleece Knot Blankets for a sister school in Springdale where there are lots of kids with needs. The Baker students tied the knots and the administrators from our adopted school came to pick them up. The kids were so excited that they could help by making something themselves. We will be extending our blanket project into January and hope to provide some of the children at the Children’s Shelter with blankets of their own.
Thanks for all the work that you do in promoting these ideas and projects!
PHOTO: These are some of the 3rd graders. They loved this project so much that they stayed in many days during their recess to complete the blankets!
Kindergartners stuff stockings with #DisneyCFK and Champions For Kids
This week at our 3rd grade musical, families stuffed stockings to share with Parson Hills Kindergarten. This #DisneyCFK Stocking Stuffer Celebration has touched many lives. And our Henkel volunteers come every week to volunteer and bring presents (a ton!! and a gift cards to Wal-Mart). When our principals took the car load of gifts the mother cried and expressed how blessed they were. These people are truly amazing!!! People care and will do amazing things for kids whenever they are aware of their needs.
-Lisa Taylor, Springdale Schools