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

Dear Haylee, 2013

Dear Haylee,

This year for my service project I joined in a state effort to collect blankets for Syrian refugees in Turkey. I tied two fleece blankets and had them delivered to a local Mosque. They along with 18,000 pounds of other donated blankets have hopefully made their way to a family who could use some warmth this winter.

We have several members of our ward who regularly travel to Turkey to aid with the Syrian refugee effort. The stories I have heard have touched my heart and I was so happy to help in a small way.


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