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.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas Callan and Daddy

This year our family participated in a regional drive for coats and blankets to be sent to Syrian refugees who have been forced to flee their homes. As a family we went to thrift stores to buy used coats and blankets. We bought 5 coats and made 5 blankets. It was a really great experience to get the kids involved. We also learned a lot about the awesome power that the Savior is able to wield when working though this kingdom on earth. Our Stake acted as a central coordination and collection point for the drive this year. Our stake was able to collect more that 4100 boxes of supplies to be sent to refugees in Turkey. This came to approximately 124,000 pounds of coats and blankets to be sent. It is amazing how the Lord is able to leverage only 1 of the 3,174 stakes of his church to make a such a large difference in a problem that affects over 2 million people. A single person or family could not hope to solve a problem like this alone, but the lord and his church can multiple our efforts to do good in the world.

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