From my Nick and his family came this gift that helped others and warmed my heart. What a memory that gift made. I like to think it continues to make an impact on those who received the ducks--eggs for food, ducklings for more eggs, eggs shared with neighbors, families growing stronger and seeing God at work in their lives all because of a thoughtful gesture.
This year, Brad and I received the World Vision gift catalog, and we decided he would "give" his grandkids chicks for Christmas. Living so far away from them, it's hard to know what they're into, and like most kids, they are generously gifted at Christmas from all sides.
I don't know that his giving chicks to his grandkids will be something they value this year, but I'm hoping it makes an imprint on their hearts. Seasons from now, I hope they'll remember and maybe one day willingly pay it forward, just as Nicholas' gift caused me to.
Check out the catalog. Perhaps a goat, cow, duck or chick is in your loved one's future? There is such a great variety of things to choose from: food for family, soccer balls for school, a bike for a girl to get to school, school supplies for American children, meals...
A note though, the website can be finicky. Be patient with it!