The Christmas Jar… A Simple Act Can Change A Life

All month long, I’ll be sharing giving ideas and causes as part of The 30-Day Giving Challenge. The following is a guest post from Denise of Denise in Bloom.


Clink, Clink, Clink…

This is the sound of hope, the sound of a chance to help a person in greater need
than myself.

Clink, Clink, Clink…

As I drop my loose coins into my humble jar, I ponder and pray. Who will need my saved up coins this Christmas season? Who will cross my path that I can bless?

Hard to believe my spare change could really change a life. Maybe it won’t change a person’s life in big ways, but hopefully in small ways. Maybe something obvious… A new pair of shoes, a bag of groceries, paying an overdue bill. But maybe, just maybe, an unseen change. A heart filled with hope and renewed trust through the power of giving.

Clink, Clink, Clink…

I have been dropping my leftover change in my jar all year now. Our family Christmas jar sits in its appointed place on my kitchen window sill… slowly filling up over the year. As I wash dishes I look at the jar and pray. Pray for the recipient who will not need to know from where the gift came, but hoping they feel the love and prayers that come along with this gift.

Most of all that this unknown person will find a deeper meaning behind my simple canning jar full of coins. I pray there is a heart renewed this Christmas season.

Our family was introduced to the Christmas Jars last year. We only heard about this giving opportunity in November on the Glenn Beck show. Glenn was interviewing the author Jason F Wright, of a book called Christmas Jars. As my husband and I heard this interview, and Jason said it was about One Jar, One Birth, One Savior, we knew we had to start the Christmas Jar tradition in our family!

We only had about 6 weeks to collect change. We scrambled around and began to find change all over our house. Every day we would come home from Christmas shopping, placing our spare change in the jar. It was exciting to see what we could collect as a family. We didn’t know who we would give the jar to, but we knew God would show us who needed it the most. There was an anticipation that was priceless, and truly taught us that it is better to give than receive. And… the true meaning of Christmas.

As Christmas Day drew near, it became evident which family we would secretly bless with our spare change. Sneaking up to the front porch of the house and leaving our Christmas Jar was a thrill like no other. I knew we as a family, would never be quite the same, and I prayed it had that impact on those who we were blessing.

Maybe you would like to start a new tradition of a Christmas Jar in your home? Some families have each of their children fill up their own jars. I have heard of co-workers, school children, and Sunday school classes all working together to fill up Christmas Jars. The ideas are endless! This month I have been sacrificing my Starbucks money in hopes of collecting more change.

I highly recommend reading Christmas Jars this month. It is a quick read and very touching. It is recommended that you give the book with the jar. As the person receives the jar, they then read the book, and in most cases turn around and begin to do the same thing for others as a result. It is viral and catches on!

Clink, Clink, Clink…It’s a beautiful sound.

Denise is just a simple gal with simple ways, who happens to love cottage style and all things about decorating. Her goal at Denise in Bloom is to inspire you to find beauty in the everyday.

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About Alyssa Francis

A thirty-something wife and mother of four! Two daughters by birth, one son by marriage, and a sweet baby boy born in April of 2009. Oldest sister of four girls raised by a single mom. California native. Grew up in Hawaii. Somehow ended up in North Texas. Once a single mom. Former agnostic. A survivor of abuse and addiction. Forgiven by a great big God. Married to my best friend.

Comments

  1. Love this! Thanks for posting ideas… somedays I struggle to find ways to give when I should be praying for God to show me who to bless.

  2. Thanks for this post! I love it and enjoyed reading more from The Cottage Chick on her site. It’s very encouraging in this giving challenge to read stories like this!

  3. Just ordered the book through The Cottage Chick! I am so excited about this. We usually collect a jar of change at our house, but we never have a plan for it! I had never heard of this book until you posted about it. Thank you!

  4. Thank you Alyssa for letting me post here and share this fun and exciting way to give. I’m glad that some people enjoyed this idea and are inspired to start their own jars. That’s what its all about!

    God Bless,
    Denise
    The Cottage Chick´s last blog post ..The Christmas Jar…Changing Lives

  5. Sounds amazing!! I will have to check it out.
    Denise@TogetherWeSave´s last blog post ..Enter My Give Away!!

  6. Alyssa Francis says:

    @thefarmerfiles, I had never heard of it either, until Denise shared. :) Hope you enjoy the book!

  7. Jenn @ Jar Full of Rocks says:

    We started a jar earlier this year after reading about it at We Are That Family. Our jar was used for something a little different this year. We took the $70+ dollars in the jar and gave it to Compassion International for Christmas gifts for kids whose sponsors don’t send money. We soo thrilled to be able to do that!
    Jenn @ Jar Full of Rocks´s last blog post ..My Gifts

  8. Great idea, I’ve shared it w/ everyone on my facebook list!

  9. What a wonderfull idea!
    stacy´s last blog post ..Giving- Operation Christmas Child

  10. After reading this post, I checked the book out from the library. I finished reading it in a day and a half. What a great idea!

  11. I got a jar of love today.

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