73: IKEA Madness

This post is for those of you who have never been to IKEA. If you have an IKEA near you, you have got to make this store a part of your holiday shopping and preparation. Not only is it a fabulous place to buy gifts, it’s a great place to update your housewares and textiles within almost anyone’s budget!

Worried about the kids while you shop? IKEA has a solution with their fantastic supervised children’s play area and ballroom. When it’s time for a break, the IKEA restaurant has a kids’ menu.

I just want to encourage you to give it a try.

Visit their website at http://ikea.com

Fabulous photo courtesy of Sarah606

40: Help Another Kid

This is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. Help someone less fortunate than you.

I recently became aware of a child who needs a powered wheelchair. She has lupus and juvenile arthritis. The parents are unable to provide a $1000 wheelchair for their child who seriously needs it. It must be powered due to her arthritis. Her disease will only continue to worsen. This is a difficult situation, and only one of many of which I’m aware.

If you are in a position to help another child, please do it! Get the kids involved on a project like this. It might help cure some of the “gimmes” that make an appearance at Christmas.

Contact your church’s care or children’s ministry if you want to get involved personally. Having kids collect for food drives and delivering the goods to the appropriate charities is always inspiring and sparks smiles all around!

On a personal note, if you know of an agency or ministry that provides wheelchairs for children, please post a comment and I will follow up on it. If you’d like to make a personal gift towards the purchase of a wheelchair, I can facilitate that as well. Help another child experience the gift of love this Christmas!

UPDATE – 11.15.08

A fellow elf just called me with great news about a wheelchair! It’s done! God is good. Spread the love at Christmas and help another kid.