Ho(pe), Ho(pe), Ho(pe): Hope for the Holidays

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Everyone goes through times of good and times of bad. We all have our up times and our down times. Times where everything seems to be going just great, this life couldn’t get any better and times where if one more thing goes wrong you don’t know how you’re going to make it through. Sometimes life seems to cycle through the good times and the bad. Sometimes life seems to stall out in the middle of the bad cycle. Sometimes it appears as if other people only have the good times. Sometimes it feels as if you only have the bad times.

My family had gone through our share of good times and bad. We’ve had times where everything feels like it’s going just right and it’s all worked out and there’s a plan and we’ve got this. And we’ve had times where it’s all come crashing down. There’s been days that felt so dark I didn’t know if we’d ever see daylight again. We’ve had days that felt hopeless.

This past year has been interesting to say the least. It’s certainly had its up and downs. People we love have died. Jobs have been gotten and lost. Times have been hard. But we have also laughed and loved and had joy. Times have been good, too.

The day after I got a seasonal part-time job, my husband lost his job. And while he wasn’t surprised by it, I was certainly shocked. And then I took a deep breath and remembered all the calls he got from people wanting him to quit his job to go work for them. We decided he’d take a week off to relax and then he’d be back to work in no time. He was too loyal to his company to just up and quit so this was a blessing.

That week or two off turned into 6 months. All those job offers vanished overnight. And as the weeks stretched on, it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My job ended before he had a new one. And while I wasn’t making that much, it certainly helped. It was hard to stay hopeful. It was hard to stay calm.

We are very blessed that we have each other to lean on. We have family to turn to for help. We have friends who repeatedly asked what they could do to help. And we consistently reminded each other that God has a plan for our lives. We are following His path, and we know His plan is good.

As November rolled around, I thought about the last two Christmas seasons where I have used my words and together with some amazing people, both strangers and family, we have given hope to people who didn’t have anywhere else to go. Together we have been the shoulder to cry on, the sympathetic ear, the hope for the hopeless. And while I thought about it, I didn’t think I had it in me to be that hope for someone else this year.

I made a decision that I just couldn’t do it this year. Last year I was so emotionally involved with every person that asked for help, and I just didn’t think I had it in me this year. How was I going to help others when I wasn’t even sure how we were going to do it this year?

Sometimes I need to take my own advise and remember that God has a plan. My husband started his new job just before Thanksgiving. And, honestly, it feels like our own Christmas miracle. But even with that, I still decided I wasn’t going to host Hope for the Holidays this year. I just didn’t have it in me.

I told my husband I wasn’t going to do it and gave my reasons, and he thought I was making the right decision. He remembered last year me sitting at the computer crying every time a new need was written when there was no one to fill it. He remembered, when people trusted me to decide how to send out what they wanted to give, how I agonized over every dollar entrusted to me. He knew I laid awake at night wondering if I had made the right decisions, done the right thing.

And then I got an email from one of our moms from last year. I let the email sit for days. I didn’t know what to do with it. How could I tell her no? How could I just walk away from it? I told my husband about it and sometimes he just amazes me. He told me that it sounded like God wasn’t ready for me to walk away. He said that he thought God uses me to give hope to people feeling hopeless this time of year. And then I got emails from two more people asking about this year.

We got our Christmas miracle so we’re going to try to pass that along to others. This year has been really hard for a lot of people. The world at times has seemed so hopeless. There is so much sadness and darkness out there that it’s hard to remember there is also hope. There is light at the end of even the darkest tunnels.

So here we are today taking a giant leap of faith. This is our third year for Hope for the Holidays and I’m not really sure how it’s all going to work out. The first year people connected with each other directly. Those who were able to help contacted those who needed help. Last year those who were able to help contacted me and I connected with those in need. This year we’re just going to see what happens and where God leads us.

Here are the guidelines:


  •  Please comment on this post. Tell us your story. Give us ages and genders for your kids. Let us know what kind of help you need. If you need groceries, what stores are close to you? If your kids need winter coats, what size do they wear? What is the best way for us to help you?
  • Be sure to leave your email address so we have someway to contact you directly. Leave your email address as yourname AT domain DOT com so spammers are less likely to find you.
  • You do not have to use your real name. If you want to remain anonymous in your request you can be.
  • Be patient. The needs come in faster than the help does. Last year it was a week between the first need and the first help.


  • If there is a specific need you feel moved to fill, please reply to that comment and then contact that person directly. You can contact me if you need to or have additional questions for me, but connecting directly with the person you are wanting to help will be the easiest way to help.
  • If you don’t have a specific need you are wanting to fill but still want to help, you can contact me directly at 2crazylittleboys@gmail.com and I will get back to you. This is the way most of the giving was done last year, and I’m okay with doing it that way again.


So here we go. Maybe together we can spread some hope this holiday season. Let’s be a light in the darkness. Let’s share in the magic of Christmas.


59 responses to “Ho(pe), Ho(pe), Ho(pe): Hope for the Holidays

  1. Hello my name is Staci…I have a 6year old daughter…4year old son and 1year old son. I’m a single mother…I work at a local rrestauran and don’t make much $ at all. I struggle year round, this time of year is extremely hard. If anyone at all has the extra means to help with anything what so ever my babies will be very thankful Christmas morning. We all could use winter items such as boots..coats..gloves but my children especially! I just had to replace 2 tires on my car, like could I ask for a worse time for car troubles? Please if anyway to help out. My email is staciannla ninety one at Gmail dot com .

  2. Merry Christmas. I’m a single mom of 2 girl 13 and boy 14. I know they are old enough to know that Christmas isn’t about gifts. I work taking care of a elderly neighbor and at gas station. My furnace went out and it’s 2 expensive parts plus having it repaired. I’m paying payments for next couple months but they agreed to install and get it running as it’s getting cold now and we have been using heaters. Any Help on gifts/gift cards (for food or gifts) would be a blessing. I live close to Kroger and Wal-Mart. Thank you for taking time to read. Merry Christmas

  3. Hi,
    Struggling all year around is hard enough, but when it’s this time of year it just makes it that much worse. I have a 5 year old little girl who would just wants crafts that we can do together as a family. And some stocking stuffers. A gift card to toys r us would help out so much. It’s always hard to ask for help. Thank you for reading you can email me at jrankins86 at yahoo. Com God bless

      • If it’s easier you can send an e gift card right to my email. Let me know or I can send you my address. Thank you so much

      • Thank. you so much for the $50 Wal-Mart gift card. I was able to get her some stocking stuffers and some food for us. There is 1 gift on amazon i would really like to get her. So if anyone would be willing to send an Amazon gift card I would be so grateful. Thank you so much for the help we have already received

      • Starting to get worried 😦 I ended up having to return the stocking stuffers I had picked out cause she needed a winter coat. So im back to having nothing for her to open Christmas morning. Sitting here crying and just praying for a miracle. The toys she wants is on amazon. I can send links or a amazon gift card would be amazing. Please please please

  4. *in need*
    Hi there I am not asking for myself but I am asking for my mom. My mom recently gained custody of my sisters kids Kylie age 3 and Gabriel age 4. She works full-time and takes care of them full-time but is still having a very hard time making ends meet. I am not asking for wants but I am asking for needs as in food or groceries. She lives in north pole Alaska so there isn’t as many options as the lower 48. Thank you for your time and I wish you all happy holidays. If you have any questions at all you can contact me Rachael Hess at rachaelmae85ATgmailDOTcom

  5. Hello. My husband and I just moved out of a really bad neighborhood to a great little town three months ago last month my husband’s hours got cut down to less than 20 I am working two jobs and cleaning houses on the side and trying to finish my cna class so that I can get a better job but until it’s done I have to work both jobs and clean on the side to attempt to make ends meet. We have 5 kids 14 year old boy 13 year old girl 10 year old boy 9 year old girl and 6 year old boy. The 14,13,and 9 year old are my step kids their mother lost her apartment and they had to move in with us which I love but with my husband losing his hours right after we move and them moving in all right here at Christmas has made it extremely hard. Buy grocerys are even hard to get but we are getting by. The only thing is they might not have a Christmas because of it. We have a Wal-Mart near us. My email is raeejae at Yahoo for com. Any help at all will be greatly appreciated thank you so much in advance bless you all.

  6. **In need**
    Hello im posting for my neighbor, her name is Sara, she is a single mom of 4. 2 girls(9, 7) 2 boys(6,4). She struggles year round. She really needs help with food, & Xmas. She lives near a Walmart, Kroger, and Meijer. Her email is sarahmuggles one one at outlook dot com. She works 2 part time jobs & any kind of help would be a miracle. Thanks for whoever takes the time to read this. Happy holidays

  7. “In Need”
    My Children are 11yr. old boy (Landon) and 10 yr. old girl (Alexis) I have been working so hard this year tokeep ends met, seems like one thing after another keeps going from bad to worse. Im able to keep my bills paid and roof over our head but thats about all. I didn’t have a Christmas tree but my neighbor had a little 3 ft. one she gave us they kids enjoyed putting decorations on it earlier today. Now Im sitting here trying to figure out a way to put a gift or 2 under there for them. If theres a Santa out there that can help we would really be greatful. I live close to Walmart Thank you
    suziequereid 82 AT gmail Dot Com

  8. In need
    My email is chappelljoan four at Gmail dot com. Im a grandmother of 4…I have 2 of my grandxhildreb right now. Ages 7(girl) and 5(boy). We need help with need…household items. Any help at all

  9. Hi my name is Randi I have 3 children. Lacy is 13, Logan is 12 and Leah is 10. They are good kids and I work 2 jobs but yesterday 1 one client didn’t have her Medicare papers turned in so I can’t work there until the paperwork is turned in. I work as personal care for elderly and and going to school for nursing doing all this and take care of my babies is hard and I may not be able to give them Christmas this year. There is a Wal-Mart and Kroger in my town. I found them a couple items on line nothing expensive on Amazon or Wal-Mart egift would get for them .thank you for reading this. My email is randijo42287 at gmail dot com

  10. **IN NEED**
    My name is Rebecca, I have 4 children,my daughters(9,7) then my sons (6&4). I heard about this website from someone at the library while tryin to sign up for toys for tots( which I’m past the deadline for). I am a complete mess right now Being this close to Christmas. I dont know what to do this year. We just have got on our feet enough to barely make it living in a 2bedroom apt. I pick up as much overtime as possible at the factory i work for just to barely make ends meet. My car broke down shortly after moving into our apt & I’ve been paying someone to take me to & from work, & that’s more $ & stress relying on other people for rides. I feel so terrible as a mother who can’t give Christmas. I know its not about the presents & money like it seems to be for a lot of people but I know when I was little I did everything to be on Santas good list, the looks on a childs face Christmas morning is priceless. Idk how to tell my kids well Santa is struggling this year. My children aren’t greedy, they are so thankful when we can afford to eat happy meals from McDonalds or each pick out couple toys from the $ tree(everything a dollar). I’m not sure how this whole website, holiday help thing works but if I’m doing this right & anyone is fortunate enough to help my family out with anything, l know my kids & I would be so thankful & appreciative!! As of right now we are looking at nothing under tree & probably a frozen pizza for dinner on Xmas. I’m embarrassed to even type this up. As a parent i feel I should have done better..I’ve had all year but I’m still not prepared. My son’s birthday is the 27th this month he turns 5. its just been a hard year & even harder last few months. Thanks anyone who may be able to help & just for reading my story. Happy Holidays. My email is
    krebeccasmith11 at Gmail dot com

  11. Hi I’m Amanda, my husbands name is Bill. We were both just recently laid off. We are struggling with food and presents. I live near a WalMart and Meijer and Kroger. We have 2 kids .our daughter is 6 our son is 4. My email is amandalongline at Gmail dot com

  12. I hope Im not to late asking for Christmas help, I am a grandmother of 3 (2 boys 12 and 7, 1 girl 13) I am on limited income and needing some extra help for my grandchildren a gift. Thank you and Merry Christmas.
    tarastarw1@ gmail dot com

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  14. :IN NEED: I hope Im not late as I was just told about this place. I live close to a walmart. I just got out of a bad situation where my daughter age 8 and I were abused Im staying in a womans shelter until I can get a place. I had to leave my daughters gifts and almost everything we own she needs a coat and gloves and maybe a small gift. Thank you . Krista

  15. I posted yesterday but don’t see my post. I’m Krista and in need of a gift ,gloves and coat for my daughter. We left abusive place and live in homeless shelter 5 days ago.I could only bring what I could carry so we lost everything. Thank you for what you do. klee21607 AT gmail dot com.

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