A Literary Christmas Celebration presents Wanda B. Campbell



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Necessity Gifts
Wanda B. Campbell

My childhood memories of Christmas are not the rubber-stamped memories most children enjoy. The debate over the reality or fantasy of Santa Claus was never an issue in our cramped two-bedroom duplex. He didn’t exist. My mother and step-father were the source of the oranges, apples, walnuts and peppermint candy that served as our Christmas presents. On a good year, my four siblings and I would be treated to a pack of t-shirts, underwear and socks-practical gifts. Of course we desired the latest fashions and toys, but when the thermostat dipped below forty degrees we cherished our necessity gifts.

Today, as an adult and a Christian, I have stated a “necessity gift” tradition of my own. I no longer buy Christmas gifts for my children. I let the grandparents, uncles and aunts handle that. Instead I try to teach my children to honor the gift of Christ and His servanthood by serving others. Throughout the year, but especially during the holidays, we give the gift of our time and resources to those in need.

My family along with friends formed a grassroots project, FOG (Friends of God). We pack lunches with scriptures imprinted and pass them out to anyone that’s hungry. We drive through the roughest areas and offer a meal and prayer to those in need. Soon we plan to add blankets.


There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Ty at 9:01 am

    Thank you for sharing Wanda! This is an excellent idea and one I plan to incorporate into my giving habits this season. Many blessings on the new book release, Illusions, February 2009.

  2. Keshia DAwn at 8:39 pm

    Great ideas Wanda! I’m looking to start a tradition with my three year old. Blessings!

  3. Sonya at 5:53 pm

    Wow, Ms. Wanda…praise God for the “FOG” at a wonderful time of year. It is always the season of giving to those less fortunate. Blessings!