There is just something about watching a young child play.
The constant motion. They can’t help themselves. Have you noticed? A child rarely just stands still. They are either swinging their arms around or dancing from side to side, walking on their tip toes or running when they should be walking.
I have a niece whose default mode of transportation is twirling. She just twirls and twirls until she gets to her destination! It is a beautiful, uninhibited sight to behold. She is carefree, full of life, &full of joy–just as young kids should be.
Kids are in awe of the world around them and want to experience it to the fullest. They notice things we adults are to distracted and busy to see. They walk around with their chins raised up, curiosity getting the best of them, exploring eyes & hands that are just itching to touch everything–especially the things they are told not to!
Children walk around with a spark in their eye & a face as bright as the sun.
But not all children.
There are children around the world whose spark is literally gone from their eyes. Replaced by dullness. Lethargy. A weakened immune system that causes bugs to get into digestive systems which cause infections that take away precious lives. Lives that can be saved by something so small that it would cost one only a quarter. Yes, Even the smallest gift can change a child’s life
What can a quarter buy?
And Vitamin A Saves Lives. I know this because I know about Vitamin Angels.
Vitamin Angels helps at-risk populations in need–specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five–gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals.
That quarter we use to flip? It can reduce mortality in at-risk children by up to 24% by providing one dose of vitamin A, twice a year. Vitamin A supplements are the least expensive solution to addressing preventable child deaths.
I don’t know about you, but my head can barely wrap around that! That simple coin that we flip to determine which of my kids has to do the dishes that night — that very coin can save a life! What? Who knew? Awesome!
Want to help? Yes, so do I. So here is an idea.
How about this Christmas, in lieu of giving a gift, you donate to Vitamin Angels in honor of whoever is on your list that you know would get it. Someone who will understand how this would be a gift that lasts beyond the holidays and someone who would even want to continue the legacy of giving.
When you make a donation you will receive a downloadable or sharable card that shows the donation to Vitamin Angels. That. Is. Cool.
Just last night I unpacked our Christmas decorations and found 3 mini stockings with each of my girls initials on them. I now know what I will do with these adorable stockings. I will make a donation for each of my 3 girls, and put the card in the stocking for them to open on Christmas morning. After all, this season is all about giving. It will be the perfect way to get minds onto what really matters on Christmas morning; remembering how precious life is. So precious that the MOST precious life was given, which is the very reason why we celebrate Christmas in our family.
If you want to do the same, Vitamin Angels is having and end of the year giving campaign–which runs now through midnight December 31, 2014.
Visit their website: http://www.vitaminangels.org
Make a donation: www.vitaminangels.org/gift
You can also find Vitamin Angels on Facebook