Monday, October 05, 2009

To everything there is a season...

...and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,6

Since I started runnin' this blog not only have I found some really cool friends to hang out with but I've also received quite a few packages in the mail. Gifts that I never expected to acquire when I set out to speak my mind. It seems like there is always a box showin' up at the doorstep with my name on it.




It pains me to admit it, but I am spoiled. As much grief as I give Mom, I can't complain about the awesome care I get from either of my 2 leggers. I get real good kibble with a splash of yogurt on top, and tasty biscuits for snacks. I've got a nice pile of toys that are mine and only mine. Not only that but I've got a nice big blanket covered bed I sleep in at night, not one but two dog beds and an outdoor kennel with a great view of the surroundings to hang out in the day. This is way more than some 2 leggers have and it got me to thinkin' about Christmas comin' up and a special project that Mom and I like to participate in every year. Like I said, I've had my time to "get and keep" and now this is my way to "lose and cast away". You may already know about this charity but let me explain it to the folks who may not.
It's called Operation Christmas Child and it's run by Samaritan's Purse International Relief. What they ask is for folks to take a shoebox and fill it with gifts for a child that may not even get a single Christmas gift. It's really very easy and for a child who has a whole lotta nuthin', you can bring real joy into their lives. Over 7.9 million shoeboxes were distributed to children throughout the world just last year. School supplies like pencils and paper, solar calculators, picture books are easy items to pack. Hard candy and small toys like balls, dolls, harmonicas, jump ropes and Slinkys are wonderful toys the kids love. We've even heard that shoes are a luxury item to a lot of these children and that sneakers or flip-flops pack very easily into a shoebox. These kids are even happy to get hygiene items like toothbrushes and toothpaste, washcloths and soap, and combs. This year we're gonna include a picture of me and a small note to the child who receives our box. Mom and I are packin' a box for 1 boy and 1 girl. We're still workin' on them but here you can see I am doin' an inspection to see what more we can add. (Mom and I try to outdo each other and see who can pack their box the fullest)
 

 
 
It's not too late if you're interested, there is plenty of time until the boxes are distributed.  The national collection week is November 16th -23rd. Here is the website for all the information you need to pack and send a box to a needy child: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/index/

I know there are many, many, many good charities out there to help 2 leggers and 4 leggers and each of you may have your own favorite. I just thought I'd like to share one of mine and Mom's that we enjoy givin' to.

I know it gives my big ol' brown heart a very warm fuzzy feelin' to know that somebody out there who doesn't have it as good as me, is gonna have a great present to open and hopefully will make them feel as loved as I do.



Have a great week! I hope it is seasoned in a big way with whatever gives you a warm fuzzy feelin'.

Chester ;0=)

18 comments:

Mango said...

Chester, you do have a big heart. Momma's work place does something similar every year where they put names and ages of local kids on a Christmas tree and the people buy presents for as many of them as they like.

Slobbers,
Mango

P.S. You are totally not spoiled. I'm just sayin.

Life With Dogs said...

You are such a good dog - thanks for balancing things out for us!

I am definitely supportive of your cause, but you might want to reconsider the shoes! Unless you already have your eyes on another pair... ;)

Nibbles Treats said...

What a wonderful heart you have. We like to give to the needy also but usually like to keep it as local as possible - helping out our fellow neighbors. Thanks for your kindness.

Lots of treats,
Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

ajordan said...

How wonderful of you and your Mom to give, Chester. I'm on board and will be sending mine out soon. Thanks for sharing and caring! Love and hugs to you!

George Murphy said...

Chesty, you warm my bacon 'n cheese lovin' heart......thanks for bringin' this to our attention, we are gettin' to work on this right away. Nothin' would make us happier!

Holly said...

You know, I'll never get tired of saying how much I love you, Big Brown!

Andrea said...

Chester,

I am so proud of you for becoming a part of such an awesome cause. I am sure when Franklin Graham under the guidance of his dad, Billy started Samaritan's Purse they could not have imagined having a furry friend on their team.
GOD bless you for representing the K-9 world and making a difference in the lives of GOD's precious little children.

Woofs and Wags,
Sitka

Blessings and prayers,
andrea (sitka's mom)

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

Chester, that's a very nice sweet thing you and your humans are doing.


Sam & June

Oz Girl said...

Chester, what a wonderful thing you and your mom are doing. Ringo really likes your idea and he's thinking we should do something like this. Thanks for sharing with us! :)

Sierra Rose said...

Hi Chester! Great post. We love that you are soooooo loved. And, love the charity you and your hoomans participate in. Mom is checking out the website, and hoping we will participate too!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose and her mom

Martha Basset said...

What a lovely post Chester, we will check out the website.
love
Martha & Bailey xxxx

The OP Pack said...

You and your Mom are doing so much good there, Chester. This is a wonderful event. We are going to paw at our Momster and see if we can do it too.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Benny and Lily said...

You are a good egg Chester. And momma is so nice. we like helping all those poor little humnans
Benny & Lily

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Hey Chester...
That's a great idea. you do get the good egg award... in addition the you're nuts too award. We make perfect friends.
norwood

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

That is such a wonderful cause.. We will get mom busy...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Cocorue said...

i told you that you're big, GOOD & brown.....but you chose not to listen to moi and i could keeeeel you BUT

i will not as i need you around to do more good.

TQ for the info and i've made mumster promise to do something for this cause and she WILL.

meanwhile, we are bringing goodies this weekend to the SPCA and thanks for kick starting our hineys

love you big buddy
coco

Aki and Poopie said...

Oh Chester!! Sorry it took us ages to visit you again! *sigh sigh*

We are so glad that you are healthy and happy as always!

That is such a sweet thing that you are doing. You sure have a big golden heart to go with that gorgeous chocolate labraface of yours!

That is such a wonderful concept and I am sure that all those kids that will be receiving your boxes would be very happy. And with a sweet happy face greeting them in every box, I'm sure, without a doubt, that you would be able to put s big smile on their faces.

keep up the good work Chester! you are an angel!

drooly kisses,

Aki and Poopie

Deborah said...

You have a nice blog! I am also helping my friend out with Operation Christmas Child at her school.It is a very worthy cause.
Thanks!

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