Merry Christmas – a Time for Sharing

Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas, dear readers!  At this time of year, it is customary to count our blessings and to share with others.  Giving gifts to dear friends and family, and to those less fortunate is one of the ways that I like to find the joy in the season.  Small tokens of affection to family and friends is fun, but the true depth of Christmas magic comes from doing something for someone who really needs it.  It may be someone you know well who is going through a rough patch, or someone you’ve never met.  It may be a carefully chosen gift wrapped in holiday paper with ribbons and bows, or it may be the gift of time spent sharing a meal.  It might be a loaf of holiday bread or a small poinsettia taken to a neighbor who is lonely along with an afternoon of listening and visiting.

Christmas 2017 - Our tree at From My Carolina Home

In the spirit of giving, the Safelight Project continued for the holiday season with the idea of doing some cards for the 20 residents of the domestic violence shelter.  For the holidays, I thought it would be nice to once again do something to boost the spirits of those brave souls enduring a hardship this holiday season.  So, I sent out a request for cards, along with showing some of mine, HERE.  These wonderful handmade cards were sent by Lenora, thank you so much!  She sent 24 cards with all different designs!!

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Simple yet so festive, using snowmen elements.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

So cute, her designs were adorable.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

All the envelopes were decorated with a Joy stamp and some stickers.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

You can see how she started a theme and just kept going.  Lovely!

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Inside, the cards had wonderful sentiments. This one was my favorite.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Cards with inspirational messages arrived in the mail from Mary (Stitching Grandma) and the Queen Bee Quilters who had a card making day.  Read about their fun day HERE.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

A dozen handmade cards were made with wonderful messages inside.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

They also had special envelopes for each one.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Between the ones I made and the cards received, I only needed to make four more for every bag to have the same number. So I pulled out some store bought cards, added a stamped message and a note inside.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

I added stickers to the envelopes on these last four too.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

My original idea was to tie a ribbon around two cards, and have packets for each resident. But with the number of cards received, I decided to expand the gift just a little. I found some small gift bags at the dollar store, and got them along with some fun tissue. I added a chocolate reindeer and a candy cane to the bags along with the cards.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Then, I thought, that was nice, but a bit more would be better.  So, back to the store for hand lotion and lip balm, something everyone can use.  Every resident was able to receive a gift bag with candy, hand lotion, lip balm, and three cards each!

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

When I was done, there were 21 bags for delivery to the shelter.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

So I emailed Laresa and asked if she wanted to have lunch at Dandelion Cafe, the shelter training restaurant. We met for lunch and I delivered the bags for handing out that night. Of course, you probably can guess what I decided to eat.

Tomato Pie

Yes, I got one of the last slices of tomato pie before they stop making it for the winter.  The shelter residents got their gift bags on Thursday evening to kick off a nice weekend of holiday activities planned for the kids.  They were much appreciated.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, joyous Holiday times, laughter and love every day.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

14 thoughts on “Merry Christmas – a Time for Sharing

  1. Pat Evans

    How thoughtful and kind. Thanks go to you and your “elves” for making the season brighter for people who need a lift. Your efforts are much more meaningful than tax cuts for billionaires.
    Merry Christmas

  2. Brenda Ackerman

    MERRY CHRISTMAS CAROLE! What a special act of kindness you and all who made and donated the cards have done for these ladies at a very difficult time in their lives. You are one of the most caring women I have ever known and it makes me very proud to be your blogging friend!!! Have a fantastic Christmas with your Husband!

  3. Linda Wilshire

    I hope you have a well-deserved lovely Christmas with many blessings in the coming new year! Your giving spirit is such an inspiration!

  4. There is huge joy in giving, and when the gift is handmade ,more special. The cards are so lovely, and the bags would be so welcome. I hope you have a Joyous Christmas, safe travel, a warm home ,and family happiness.

  5. Rosemaryflower

    Merry Christmas Carole. The tomato pie looks very yummy
    This is a very sweet and loving gesture to those that need a little bit of brightness and encouragement.

  6. dezertsuz

    Those are all adorable, and I’m such a schmuck, I didn’t send any – I just didn’t get a chance to stamp until it was too late. Okay, tell me know when the next time is, and I’ll try to do them before school starts again on January 8!

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