“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill
I decided during Christmas 2011, that in addition to volunteering at the local shelter, or donating money, I was going
to wrap a gift and ‘personally’ give it to someone less fortunate on the street near where I used to live in Tinsletown. Tinsletown is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada, near Gastown which is an emerging and very trendy neighbourhood; however, it is also near Hastings on the east side Woodward’s, where the street lies in the original heart of Vancouver’s historic downtown, formerly known as the Great White Way because of its neon displays, and unfortunately now a notorious open-air drug market (aka the troubled Downtown Eastside) where the cops walk the beat as they are segregated in their few block radius. Being born and raised in Calgary, and spending much time volunteering downtown for the homeless, I was still never exposed to so much darkness and so many lost souls in one area and eventually seeing it on a daily basis where I lived you could imagine that it slowly started to chip away at me, making me wonder how I could change things. With a small and simple act of love, compassion and giving, you can make a difference in someone’s life, if not for a lifetime but even for just that moment. And as we live in the moment, the NOW, imagine the moment you can give to someone. Whether or not you believe someone less fortunate deserves love is up to you. I believe we were put on Earth for a much greater cause than for ourselves, a greatness to be shared with other fellow angels. We all have wings but some of us need help opening them up 🙂
I remember as a child my mother struggling as a single parent and not having Santa come to my home how disappointed I was to not have any gifts to open and that made me think about how many others may not get to open a beautifully wrapped gift on Christmas Day. As I got to know the homeless people in my area and learned of their story I still see them and say hi to them when I visit the area. They each have amazing stories. They are like anyone who is trying to make it in this world but just aren’t getting the breaks they need. If you think homeless people are lazy and don’t deserve anything just move on and do what suits you to contribute to the love and compassion that’s needed in this world 🙂 Below is what Operation: Earth Angels 11:11 is about:
1. Fill a shoe box with as many goodies as you can. Please ensure that you don’t put any type of cans or bottles in it unless you include a can/bottle opener. As well, no nuts or bran or anything spicy (I learned that last summer as some do not have teeth and the bran is…well not so good if you know what I mean). Things like mitts, a coffee gift card, a book, chocolate, juice boxes, a gift cert, a book, vitamins, etc.)
2. Wrap it up in THE best wrap job you’ve ever done or call me for gift wrap services and the money will go into the gift box.
3. Include an inspirational note in the card.
4. Take a picture of your gift along with your inspirational note and post it to this page.
5. Go down to your local homeless shelter or an area where you know someone is in need of some love and watch their face light up when you give them their gift 🙂
6. Like and share this page please 🙂
My goal is to have thousands and thousands of pictures from ALL OVER THE WORLD in light of the human spirit!!! So if you want to raise the love vibrations, like this page, share this page and participate with your gift of love! I can’t wait to see all the creative wrapping and inspirational quotes! If you have a quote by you, please post it on this page as an Earth Angel.
It’s a small gesture but may mean the world to someone and I hope you will find the time and spirit in your heart to participate!! It doesn’t only have to be during Christmas, you can give year round and post whenever your heart desires! Being in the age of social media I hope that this spreads all over the world and I would be so honoured to see gifts from around the world posted here! Let’s make this love action go global!!! Comments and suggestions are absolutely welcome! Thank you, thank you, thank YOU! Love is the highest frequency! Namaste! xos ♥ @RinaChong
Thank you so much to everyone on my admin panel that is helping make this go global!! I love you and need more of you in this world!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND KEEP SHARING THE POSITIVE LOVE AND VIBES! XOS