The Spirit of Christmas & a PB&J Sandwich

Today was a pretty special day @ our house.  It was our 2nd annual sandwich making party.  A few years back my family decided to forgo buying 'secret santa' gifts.  Instead, we pooled our money towards helping out those who needed it more than us.  We've participated in Operation Christmas Child, filling shoe boxes.  And last year, we decided on a more local approach, by supporting the 'Drop-In Center.'   We made over 700+ PB & J sandwiches, which we delivered and were flash frozen.  These sandwiches are used as part of the bagged lunches the DI provides to working clients.  As with any charity, supplies don't always match the demand.  In a city the size of ours, it's safe to say that 700 sandwiches won't last too long, but every little bit helps.

This newly adopted tradition is nothing extravagant and doesn't cost us much more than a few $ and time.  Best of all, we complete this project as a family and are helping out our fellow YYC'ers in the process.  I'm hoping this small act of Christmas cheer, may inspire some of you to go ahead and do the same.  Time and money go a long way, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year.  So go ahead, find charity in your community that could benefit from your volunteer efforts.  You will be amazed at how much better it is to 'give' rather than 'receive.'  Christmas to me isn't about the gifts (even though we all know that I love sparkly things and shoes), it's about being appreciative of those we can celebrate the season alongside. 

No holiday sandwich making party is complete without Christmas Carols and a delicious breakfast @ Cora's (think sustenance people, pancake sustenance!)  700+ sandwiches aren't going to make themselves. 

Merry Christmas!  Get your volunteer on!

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  1. I love, love, love this post, JS! What a great way to spend a day and make a real difference in the lives of Calgary's less fortunate. Congratulations on a job well-done! I think you should celebrate with a glass of eggnog... and watch your favourite season three episode of The Good Wife in honour of a) Sunday and b) your great accomplishment!


  2. Thanks! It was a great day, I'm celebrating with a glass of champagne and an afternoon date with my PVR. Love it!


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