Every year, right before Christmas, it is becoming a tradition for every Dreamer to select one toy to give away. We usually collect the toys then figure out a place to where we can give the toys away. The rule is, the toy that they choose to give away can not be broken. It has to be in working condition.
This year, we sat down with the Dreamers and explained to them that it was that time of year, where they have to go through their toys to each give one toy away. They all pretty much knew the drill, so they dispersed to their rooms to look through their toys to find the one that they would part ways with. After all the toys were collected, Estefani asked, “Are we only allowed to give one toy? Or can we give more?” A few other kids chimed in right after saying that they, too, wanted to give another toy away. I told them that they could give away whatever they want, but that they didn’t have to give any more than one if they didn’t want to.
Some of the toys to give away.
They all disappeared to their rooms. All fifteen of them. Returning with more toys, then more toys, then more. By the time we were finished, we had around fifty toys in the pile! I reestablished that they didn’t have to give away more than one toy to make sure that they weren’t confused and thought it was a requirement. They all reassured me that they fully understood what I had said. I then asked why they gave so many toys.
Jose Luis explained, stating “There are a lot of kids who are poor, and they don’t have any toys, and we have a lot of toys. So I want to give them some of my toys so they can play.”
Then Estefani added to the notion by saying, “It really doesn’t matter if we get more toys for Christmas or not, we just want to be able to help kids who don’t have anything. It’s makes me so sad that some little girls don’t even have a doll to play with.”
There was not much I could say or do after their little speeches, so I commended them and continued to help them pile the toys up.
I was so proud to be a part of the lives of such wonderful children. Despite their situation and youth, these kids get it.