The greatest gift on your birthday

October 1, 2013


Dear Max

A few months ago I came across an article which I featured on Rattle and Mum here. It was about kids and families who donated some of their birthday gifts to charities or poor children, and it got me thinking once again about how much we have, and how much we can do in the smallest of ways.

So I asked you a few months ago, when the hype of your birthday party planning started, whether you’d be willing to give some of the presents you got on the day to charity, to “poor children” whose parents can’t afford them. I didn’t say you had to, and tried to leave the choice up to you as openly as I could.

There was no hesitation and you didn’t really have to think hard about it before agreeing to it. I wanted to make sure you understood the concept of giving and sharing, so for a few weeks I explained that you would get lots of presents, and we would put some aside, still wrapped, and give them to charity (in this case, The Grace Factory, which distributes stuff to needy organisations and people).

We stated on your invitation that we were giving a portion of your presents away to charity, and that we appreciated everyone’s support. After your party, we came home to unwrap gifts, and I told myself that if you protested, or wanted any of your gifts back, then that was your right, and you could keep them all.

But dude, this wasn’t even an issue. You weren’t even curious to know what was inside them. You simply took a handful, gave them to me, and told me “these are for the poor children”.

I don’t think you know what a big gesture this is for a four-year-old, or how enormous your little heart is.

Thank you for sharing, and passing on the gift of giving.




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  • ShaneBunyan

    the best gift max could get was to spend time with you and enjoying your company

    October 1, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply
  • LeeLeeGreen

    Wow Tanya, that is so cool, and as a mom it is a super proud moment. I get you and have taught Aaron to give and he will often notice street around where we live and then go through his toys and give. It is a lesson that will stand them in good stead for a succesful future.

    October 1, 2013 at 8:59 am Reply
  • Amy

    So touched by this post! May we all teach our children this very important lesson of giving. Tanya you and Max are an example to others.

    October 1, 2013 at 9:45 am Reply
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  • Sharon

    So so special! Well done boy!

    October 1, 2013 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Melanie

    Such an amazing gesture. Well don’t to Max for being such an awesome example for all of us..not only our kids!

    October 3, 2013 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Melanie

    Oops..should be well!

    October 3, 2013 at 6:53 am Reply
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