February is arguably the dreariest month of the year. Between the freezing winds, icy roads and drab landscape, it feels like winter is never going to end!
My kids and I have found a small way to help brighten up these last few weeks cooped indoors, so today I thought I’d pass the idea along to you – along with a fun little giveaway so you can play along too.
The inspiration first began when I received a gift package from Bramble Berry a couple of weeks ago. They are one of my favorite soap supply companies, so I often mention them here, on my site. As a thank you for doing so, they sent me a delightful box of goodies along with a few recipes to try out.
The delivery arrived on a grayish kind of afternoon, just as an icy mix started falling outside. My kids and I had so much fun digging through the box, exclaiming over every thing we found – it felt almost like Christmas!
As I sat back and watched their animated and smiling faces, I vocalized the thought: “I wish I could bottle up some of this happy feeling and share it with those who need a dose!”
So, after brainstorming a bit, we came up with the idea to use the materials from Bramble Berry to make up as many small gifts as we could, then mail them out anonymously to people who might be sad, lonely, or blue this time of year.
I solicited the names of some shut-ins from my Facebook friends and we set to work making our little boxes of cheer. The kids helped make the items, drew little pictures for some, and helped me carry them all into the post office.
It was such a fun experience, that we want to keep doing it. Because of the cost of postage and materials, we can only send a few here and there, but we’d love to get more names for our project.
If you can think of someone that might be going through a hard time right now, could you leave a comment below, with their first name or maybe even something more vague like: “my neighbor” or “my sister” – nothing personally identifiable.
Also, I know it’s human nature to dwell on your own problems before anyone else, but I’d like to ask that you don’t request one for yourself. This is a kind of think-of-others type deal. :)
I’ll go through and randomly pick two at a time and email you to request their address. This will be a slowwwwww process and I may never get to everyone, but we’ll see how it goes!
One last thing: You know that person that you are thinking of, that might like a little box of cheer? They would also love a phone call, visit, card or surprise gift from you as well!