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 Owen,

This year as I was thinking about service for you I considered 2 things. Your love for food and your ability to help immigrants and other who are less fortunate. For my first service our family participated in a 5k run to support a local food bank. The event was sponsored by our ward and collected several car loads of peanut butter for donation to our local food bank.
For my second act of service our family prepared "care kits" to give out to some of the homeless people that I often meet when I travel downtown. The kids contained non-perishable food items, food, and basic toiletries. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to go downtown since I made the kits, but plan to hand them out when I start going downtown every week  early next year.

Merry Christmas!

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