I love Christmas! the beautifully lit trees, the red Starbucks cups, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation while drinking eggnog in glass reindeer heads, the Boney M and WHAM carol remakes and more than anything…the warmth and generosity this season brings. It’s almost the end of November which means I am already a little late with assembling my annual compassion packages for the less fortunate. I did not make up this idea, I came across it on Pinterest years ago and thought it was an organized and thoughtful way of making sure that those that aren’t caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season weren’t overlooked.
Basically these compassion packages are stocking stuffers, anything that folks out in the cold could find useful, helpful, cheerful and delightful. I assemble mine in individual re-sealable plastic bags, not necessarily the most beautiful of packaging but handy for them keep their belongings dry from the wet elements of winter.
I keep these handy packages in a closed box in the backseat of my car for easy and quick access while stopped at a traffic light or after I find parking. The recipients usually look a little surprised but nonetheless grateful.
A couple years ago on my way to my company Christmas party, I parked the car, started making my way up the street and found someone sleeping on the sidewalk, I quickly recalled that I had them in the backseat so I went back to grab one. This was the first time I had distributed one while having someone other than my husband with me and their comment took me off guard. “It’s kind of you but they will probably just throw it away.” I have heard similar comments when giving change to people in the past. This is my thought about it…you have to do what you need to do as a good person, it’s our duty on this earth to demonstrate as much love and compassion as we can, what people choose to do with those actions is out of your control but it should never stop you.
I stick by my guns with this one, if the whole world just practiced a little unconditional love (meaning, without expecting ANYTHING in return) we could create a frequency shift and the “little ol’ me’s” would be the legends spoken about century’s from now.
Compassion package content ideas:
- Instant hand warmers
- hand sanitizer
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- shampoo and conditioner
- a dollar
- coffee card
- granola bars
- lotto tickets
- anti bacterial wipes
- a personal note saying “Merry Christmas”
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.Dalai Lama