Thursday, December 29, 2011

Our Christmas Jar Project

So with my recent post about the Random Acts of Kindness going on, we decided to start our very own Christmas Jar. Generally, a Christmas Jar is something you pass along once you receive this random act of kindness. But we felt is was such an amazing gift, we are just going to begin our own. I hope this becomes a holiday tradition that carries on throughout our children's lives.



We saved a sauce jar, and decorated the top of it with stickers and painted out the words. I asked Luke what this jar meant to us. Out of our combines ramblings we came up with; "Make a Change" - "Change a Life"- "Change Yourself". I think these are all awesome and inspiring little sayings and I have taped them to the jar. The jar will remain in the kitchen so that it reminds us daily.



Luke always finds change in the parking lots, or on the roads walking to a friends house. He has declared that the change he finds will go into that jar, since it was not his to begin with. . We hope to add change daily, but know sometimes that may not happen, especially if there is a day I am home with no errands to run.

Luke had a thought though, and I am asking anyone who reads this to weigh in. He would like to use this particular jar for saving the money only. It's a decent sized jar and will hold a good amount of change. Luke would like to use smaller jars (such as our small jelly jars) for the actual distribution.

His reason behind this is, we can collect all the monies in the big jar but if we distribute in the smaller ones, more than one person or one family can benefit from our RAOK. We thought we'd cash in our change for dollar bills and then begin filling smaller jars around Halloween. We would still collect our change through the 1st week of December and then figure out who, where, and when to perform these act of kindness.

We have yet to determine how to choose who would receive the jar(s) and of course, circumstances of loved ones, family, friends, and neighbors ove rthe next year could impact this decision.

Would you do one jar with a large sum or smaller jars with smaller sums?

3 comments:

  1. I think this is an amazing idea. I'd go with smaller jars so you could reach more people.

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  2. This is just so awesome! I think it would depend on who you end up gifting it to. If one person is in a dire circumstance, then a big jar could make a bigger impact. Or, you could go for a number of people experiencing rough times and give them all some help. Either way you can't go wrong though!

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  3. That sounds like a wonderful idea. I totally agree with Beeb.

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