If you’re looking to kick off your Christmas season with something you’ll remember more than how many dollars you saved on that flatscreen, I have a suggestion.

A very good friend of mine, one of the Group here, has been given an ultimatum by her mortgage company to raise a ridiculous sum by the middle of this week. Rather than ask for handouts, she and her mother, who lives with her family, have made a boatload of the best tamales ever, and they’re selling them to try to raise enough to get the mortgage company off her back.

My family decided that this year, we’d donate some of our Christmas budget to our good friend Olivia.  We bought 60, which should feed even our family three or four times, for $100. I’m asking you to do what you can do. Anything will help. You go here to buy your tamales or make a contribution.

In Mere Christianity, CS Lewis says that in his opinion, you should be giving away so much to others that there are things that you wish you could do that you can’t. Here’s the quotation:

”I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare…If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us,… they are too small.  There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditures exclude them.”

I believe this as well. Please, for my friend, won’t you consider adding her to your list of those you’re giving to this year?

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