12/28/12




We find ourselves wrapped up among the material items that are the holiday season. The tree, the lights, the decorations and the presents. The celebrating, the eating and the enjoying the finer times in life. Many of us sometimes forget the true meaning of Christmas, generosity. Giving because you want to, not because you feel obligated that it's a holiday, better yet, giving when it's least expected but needed most. Generosity without expectation lingering at the bottom of that unwrapped gift.

Christmas Eve I learned of this generosity, the kind you aren't expecting and the kind that brings tears to your eyes. I learned it from angels who I will never forget and always thank in my heart. 

As you may or may not know, we spent Christmas Eve in the NICU with our new baby. She had jaundice and couldn't be with us at home for the holidays. This broke our hearts and it was really difficult especially being it Christmas. 

We had just gotten settled into the NICU, baby under the bili-lights. I sat looking at her, exhausted, overwhelmed and living off hope at the time. As I sat there I noticed a group of people coming into the NICU. I found it odd as the group included several kids and it wasn't visiting time at the NICU. Each kid carried a gift bag, I was so tired I assumed they were just visiting for Christmas and the bags were for whoever they were visiting. When one of the boys placed a bag beside Baby M's unit I looked around and it clued in. They were dropping off a gift bag to each baby in the NICU and each nurses station. Silently and anonymously, they did not say a word and went about their way with a Merry Christmas. 

Unexpected generosity in a place and time needed most. Baby M and I happened to be there just at the moment this was happening. I took it as a sign that within the bad there is always that glimpse of good, you just have to find it. 

The gift contained things from Tim Horton's gift cards to scratch tickets, baby bottles, chocolates among other things, topped off with a big teddy bear for Baby M. Inside the bag was also a Christmas card and letter explaining what the gift is. A family experienced having a baby in the NICU during a special time like the holidays, they chose things that they thought would put smiles on families faces who were going through the same thing around the holidays. It's heart breaking to have to leave your baby in the NICU let alone on Christmas but for their health we have to do it with all our bravery, this little token helped me not feel so alone. 

This is the biggest random act of kindness I have seen in a long time and I would like to say Thank you. Thank you to the D/L family, whoever you are. You brightened and warmed the hearts of us all that day. It's not about the gift, it's about the heart and soul behind it. God Bless you for your generous hearts. 

xo

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7 comments:

  1. aw so nice.Similar happened to me when ds was in ICU at 2 weeks old during Easter. *goosebumps*

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  2. wow that's so wonderful! It's amazing how deeply receiving a gesture of true generosity can impact us...

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  3. awww.... that is so super sweet! so sorry that is how you came across this wonderful act of kindness but it is really comforting to know that there are people like that out there.

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  4. Beautiful. Really amazing. The time that our boys were in the NICU was the hardest days of our lives. This would be so remarkable to experience. Wonderful to know that others are thinking of you.

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  5. Now that I have wiped my tears away! That is a beautiful story! I experience the NICU with my oldest son with Jaundice. It wasn't around the holidays but it was very scary being my 1st. DS is now 6 and doing great! Baby M will pull through! I'm glad you were given a glimpse of hope when you needed it most. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. What a beautiful story. I have to be honest, I teared up big time. It's so nice to know that people still think of others these days, it's very easy to think otherwise. Merry Christmas to your family!

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  7. As a fellow NICU mom I know how much these acts of kindness mean so much to families who have to spend time waiting for their babies to come home.

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