On the 9th day of giving, Managed Sales Pros and Everywhere Managed gave nine $50.00 gift cards to support the Las Vegas Child Advocates Christmas Angel Tree.

Learn more about CASA Foundation  LV and the Angel Tree celebration here:  https://www.casafoundationlv.org/events-we-host

 

Many children in foster care in Nevada (and all over North America) will miss out on many of the opportunities that their friends will have.  New clothing, access to activities, movies or sporting events – many of these things are out of the reach of foster families.  The Angel Tree celebration provides gifts to childrens and teenagers in care who may not otherwise receive a brand new gift at Christmas.   We were especially interested in providing gifts to older teenagers, who often get overlooked during the holiday celebration.

My mom HATES buying gift cards for Christmas.  She has always felt that it is impersonal.  However, as we don’t know the teen that we’re buying for, in this case it allows the teen to buy what they want, or perhaps it gets added to a savings account for a special item the child has been wanting.

I know in our family the first time one of our foster children was allowed to go to the store and buy her own shoes – any pair she wanted – it was a very overwhelming moment for her. (And this is from a conversation with her many years later…) She struggled with the idea  that she “deserved” the shoes.  Buying them with her foster parents money, with us observing her choosing them was hard, as she had been told her whole life that she didn’t get new shoes, shoes were expensive.  She was a gifted athlete who had been playing her sport in her brothers too-big hand-me-downs for her entire life.  Being able to buy a special item – or just an item wanted – without the eyes or judgement of your family is a nice experience.

The point of that personal story is that kids deserve to have some autonomy over their personal spending – the same way that you and I do.  A gift card is never my first choice of present, but it can make an awful lot of sense for a child who maybe wants the nice makeup her friends buy after seeing it on Instagram, or something that her foster parents may consider “frivolous”.  Something that is new and YOURS is a very special thing to someone who has had their possessions stolen, lost or forgotten in one of the many moves they’ve been forced into over their lives.   So in this case, I’m happy to provide gift cards, and I hope they’re enjoyed by the teens who received them.

We made this donation earlier in the year so that the gifts could be distributed at the Angel Tree Christmas party.  It was one of my favorite gifts this year, and also one that was influenced by Uprite IT.  (FYI, we asked ALL of our clients who they’d donate to this year, but not everyone got back to us with suggestions, so sometimes we got to give twice for the clients that did get back to us!  Thanks Stephen!

And for those of you who would like an extra Christams treat, here’s a video of my Mom (our director of sales operations and resident Zoho magician) singing her favorite Christmas carol.