It isn’t the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it. ~ Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
The holiday season will soon be upon us and I will begin thinking about gift purchasing and giving to friends, family and my children.
My daughter is not currently accepting gifts from me. I did email her and ask her again. I did not receive a response. That is okay. I made the effort, she knows I am thinking about her and that it is her decision to not accept gifts.
As I did with her birthday, I am looking to make a charitable donation in her honor. Her refusing my love does not cease it from being.
For her birthday I donated to an organization known as Little Kids Rock. The suggestion came to me from an adoptive mother via this blog. Amazingly, the organization is located near to where my daughter grew up. As she works in music promotion, it seemed like a perfect fit. The organization was happy to receive my donation, sent me free musical instruction themed gifts (unnecessary but my sons appreciated them) and was kind enough to send a confirmation email to my daughter. They told me my donation would provide musical instruction to an entire classroom. I felt good about that.
I would consider donating to them again but also welcome other suggestions. As with previous donations, I prefer to donate to something that represents her. I could very easily donate to one of my own causes (family preservation, single mothers, adoptee rights, reform, etc.) but feel more comfortable donating to something that represents her and her interests. They are, from what I can tell: music, photography and fashion.
If you know of a charity that supports any of the above, please leave me a comment or write me privately.