Wednesday, November 18

Yeah. It Matters.

Since starting the Christmas Crazy for Kids shenanigans, I've received dozens of emails and messages from people talking about their own craptacular Christmas experiences. Some have been funny, some have brought tears to my eyes, and all have reminded me that it really does matter that all kids have a chance to receive a toy for the holidays.

One email in particular struck a chord, so I asked the author if I could share it. The following are some of her words.



I just realized that I don't know your name but I have been reading your blog for a long time. I wanted to thank you for all that you have done to raise money for Christmas toys for kids. It has meant so much to me.

2008 was my bad year. It really was more like a nightmare. I lost my husband after he had a heart attack. Instead of having another 60 years with him, I was left alone to raise our two girls. I gave up my job to be home with them so I was completely lost without Jim*. Just getting by every day was a challenge. We didn't have health insurance when Jim got sick, so I was left to try to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. I probably don't have to tell you that it was very hard.

When December came, I knew there wasn't a way that I was going to be able to provide my girls with the Christmas they deserved. They had already lost their dad and their childhood and there I was forced to take away their Christmas too. It was by luck that someone told me to look in to Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots saved our Christmas. Because of their help, my girls had presents to open on Christmas morning.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that what you are doing is important and it does matter. Thank you.

*Name was changed to protect confidentiality

Thank you all for your help, from her and from me.


  1. I was already super excited to go shopping with you on behalf of Christmas Crazy.

    Now? I'm even more excited! I can't wait!

    Just email me where & when and I'll be there. And I'll clear out my car so we can fit more crazy in there!! YAY!

  2. what an amazing story. i never thought about how you would transport all those toys. if you need anymore help, please do let me know.

  3. I read her letter and suddenly felt lucky. After months of layoffs and paycuts this is going to be a very difficult Christmas for us, but you know what? My husband is alive and we have free healthcare! Thanks for making me see the bigger picture!

  4. This story makes me go still inside, and reflect on my own life, and to know that we are all blessed in some way, shape, or form. Thank you for sharing this story, and to the brave woman that shared it with you, I send hugs and prayers, hoping that this year is better for her and her children.

    AND if you do need help with hauling toys, I would LOVE to help as well. :)

  5. I'm glad she shared her story, and you did too. Thanks for giving us all a chance to do the Christmas Crazy!


  6. Anonymous9:06 AM

    yep. there they are. tears.

    and she's right, what you're doing does matter.

  7. Heartbreaking! Everyone is right, it totally matters. You are amazing for turning such a crappy contest experience into this!

  8. Anonymous4:39 PM

    What a beautiful story.
    I may or may not be crying at work right now.