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Mary and Josh's Journey:

The Power of Giving

Josh and I have been blessed with a wonderful community of friends who have shown up and helped us in our time(s) of need. We have two boys, so when James grows out of his clothes, we can continue using them with Jack. But with Josie, we were going to have to keep buying new clothes for her every time she grew. However, we have made some absolute amazing friends at my job who have a daughter who is a year and a half older than Josie. They made the decision to help us and have continued to gift us clothes since Josie was born. The amount of money we have saved from this act of kindness is substantial, to say the least. Josh and I have always felt strongly about giving to others and this power of giving has pushed us to find others who can use items once we are done with them.

Last Christmas, another coworker of mine gifted us with an American Girl doll that her daughter no longer had a need for. Caroline is now part of our family and sleeps next to Josie every night. It is no secret that American Girl dolls are very expensive, but now Josie has one without us having to get into trouble financially to gift her one.

Finally, and most recently, another one of my coworkers gifted us with a large box of shoes that our boys will be able to grow into a few years. Shoes are another huge expense, especially as they get older.

It’s amazing to me how many people aren’t fans of hand-me-downs. This just blows my mind. There is absolutely no reason why clothes, shoes and toys need to be bought brand new when there are people in our community who are willing, and able, to gift items to others. There are also stores where you can access items for free or discounted prices to stay on budget, while still providing for your family.


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