Our Season of Service

Inspired by some friends of our family, the Marshall family has decided to try a new way of exchanging Christmas gifts in 2012. We hope it will become a wonderful family tradition.
For years, the four Marshall children, their spouses, and their parents exchanged gifts every Christmas, but in 2011, we decided the gift-giving tradition may need a change since we are all so blessed and in need of truly nothing. We decided we needed to find a better way to celebrate the true Christmas spirit.

We suggested that we each perform acts of service in the name of the sibling whose name we were assigned at random. Our service will be kept a secret until Christmas Day.

Our friend drew the names for us and notified each of us privately of the person who should inspire our service. On Christmas Day, we reveal who we were given and how we chose to serve by posting our stories on The Marshall Family Season of Service blog.

We hope this tradition will help us focus on serving our communities and each other during the annual celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

We invite you to come back to our blog on Christmas morning to read this year's service.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

2013 service from Mother to Gina

Dear Gina,
  I had your name this year, as you already know. I tried to think of a service that I thought you might  have done for someone yourself. I was talking to the girl that does my hair about it and she told me about her church group that was making pillowcase dresses for little girls in Africa. Some of these girls have never had a new dress and I thought how easy it would be to bring some happiness to into their little lives.
  So I looked the group up online, found the address and emailed the lady to see if she would still take my dresses with her. She replied back quickly to say she would be thrilled to take your dresses on her next trip this spring. I have finished 7 dresses so far and plan to continue sewing until time to ship them to her.  I hope to send at least 20 in your honor. I know you would do this for these little girls to bring them such joy because of the love you have for all of the Saviors children all over the world.


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