Every year in the weeks leading up to Christmas, my family has a tradition of making lots of different types of cookies to give to friends and family. It’s always fun to see the various kinds of cookies that people give us in return.
A couple years ago, a bunch of my friends got together and we made and decorated hundreds of sugar cookies for the elderly in nursing homes. Then last year I decided to make cookies for the crisis pregnancy center in my area. In addition to the yummy cookies, we handmade beautiful cards with encouraging notes and included a Bible verse that spoke of the joy of the season. The staff at the center was so grateful. The receptionist said that the young mothers truly appreciated both the homemade cookies and the letters that showed there are people willing to help and support them.
So, this Christmas (the season of giving), you can join me in making Christmas cookies and cards for mothers who are facing challenges in their lives and who are looking for love and support.
Here are some tips:
- Get a group of friends together! It could be just one or 25! Ask everyone to donate $10 to help cover the cost of the supplies.
- Decide what type of cookies you want to make beforehand. I suggest making cookies that do NOT have nuts in them because a lot of people have allergies to nuts.
- Depending on how many people you have helping, you could split into groups and have some make cookies while others work on cards and then switch, or whatever you think works best!
- Call the pregnancy centers or other places where you would like to donate cookies and ask for the best time to drop them off.
- Make sure the cards are encouraging and loving. These women are struggling and need all the support they can get!
Example: Merry Christmas! We hope your Christmas is a beautiful one full of laughter and joy! May you find strength, support, and encouragement this Christmas season. Remember that you are not your circumstances. You are strong and can rise to the challenge!
Or: Merry Christmas! May God bless you during this season of joy! When you feel hopeless, remember there are people who are waiting to help you. All you have to do is ask!
Some encouraging Bible verses include: Proverbs 31:25, Psalm 28:7, Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 41:10, Deuteronomy 31:8, and Psalm 34:17
This Christmas, spread the joy of life to mothers who are struggling and who are scared of what the future may hold.
If you decide to join me in this mission, I would love to hear how it went! God bless you and Merry Christmas!
Written by Margaret Haislmaier, Youth Outreach Coordinator for Life Defenders.