While most people go to bed Christmas Eve wondering what will be under the tree for them in the morning, some are out cold on the streets wondering where their next meal will come from.
Giving and receiving gifts is just one of the many feel good activities during the holidays, but more often than not we are exchanging items we don’t truly need.
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This year, Reese McDonald and Sarah Snelling have decided to spend their money on people who need it most. Rather than exchange gifts with each other, the couple purchased 16 backpacks and filled them with necessities for the homeless.
Reese explained their inspiration to make a change this Christmas saying: “We started to see an increase of people on the streets of Barrie asking for spare change or food at intersections and highway exits and we wanted to do something to help those people out.”
With so many reasons to exchange gifts throughout the winter including an anniversary, birthdays and Valentine’s Day soon to follow, Reese and Sarah decided there was something more meaningful they could do for Christmas. Reese said, “We decided that we don’t need that many gifts and it’d be nice to focus our attention on others who may need it more than we do this holiday season.”
Today, Reese and Sarah set out to find recipients who could benefit most from their backpacks. They even included a holiday greeting and well wishes on a Christmas card in every backpack.
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The thoughtful duo is hoping the backpacks can help raise the spirits of those who are facing incredible challenges on a daily basis. Reese said, “I’m hoping the backpacks bring joy to the recipients and make them see that even though they may be struggling, there are people out there that care and want to help.”
Reese and Sarah are looking forward to celebrating the holiday with family time and special traditions. Their acts of generosity remind us to reflect on what we have to be grateful for this holiday, as there are so many others less fortunate.