I have debated long and hard about putting together a holiday wish list of my must haves for this Christmas season. The truth is, I have everything I need. I have a home, a loving and supportive family, a college acceptance letter to my dream school, friendships that I know will last a lifetime, and the start to an amazing career. I look around my room, browse through Pinterest, and read other bloggers’ gift guides in attempt to sculpt the most perfect holiday wish list and every time I end up deleting it. I delete my Christmas list because I know deep down that a new monogrammed necklace won’t make a lasting impact on my life. Holidays shouldn’t be about the material things wrapped in pretty packages under the Christmas tree. It is time to focus on what money can’t buy.
As you may or may not know, I am head over heels in love with handwritten letters. Last summer when my closest friends left for college, we exchanged gifts. Sure I loved the material items I received, but the best gift of all was a handwritten letter from a dear friend telling me exactly how much I meant to him. He was a friend of my best friend and I met him the first week of summer. His letter wasn’t long, wasn’t mushy, but out of the blue and perfect. He talked about the day we first met and how whenever he sees a Starbucks, he thinks of me. The letter was three-fourths of a page long, on simple lined paper, and written in pencil. The only thing special about the letter was that he took time out of his day to put into words what our friendship meant to him. That letter is something money can’t buy.
Unfortunately, six year-old Addie Fausett is most likely celebrating her last Christmas. Addie suffers from an unknown medical condition that causes her brain to fill with fluid and atrophy. Her condition has stunted her growth, leaving Addie to weight no more than 25lbs and causing her to be drastically shorter than other six year-olds. Doctors have concluded that her brain will deteriorate faster than her body, meaning soon she won’t remember much at all. Devastated by this news, her parents started asking for people to send Addie a “lifetime of Christmas cards.”
So TQC readers, that is exactly what I am asking you to do: send Addie and her two sisters a Christmas card. It can be three-fourths of a page, on simple lined paper, and written in pencil or a singing Hallmark card! The details don’t matter to me and won’t matter to Addie. All that matters is that you took ten minutes out of your day to make a dying girl’s last Christmas that much more special. Consider sending a letter to Addie a Christmas present to me!
If you choose to write a letter to Addie, please keep in mind her family who unexpectedly lost their father at the beginning of this month.
Please address all letters to Addie Lynn and Sisters, P.O. Box 162, Fountain Green, UT 84632.
Did you write a letter to Addie? I’d love to see it! Tweet me a picture of your letter!
Remember, the best presents are always the things money can’t buy.
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