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.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

To Linda From Scott

When I think of you the first thought that always comes to my mind is that you constantly speak up for and in behalf of the little guy.  You seem to constantly be doing things for those in need.  Every month 2,000 people worldwide are killed or maimed by landmines.  Over 1000,000 individuals worldwide are missing a hand either through landmines, accidents, or congenital absence.  Many of them are in poor and developing countries without resources to provide a prosthetic limb.  In March of this year I helped to fund and assemble LN-4 prosthetic hands for these poor and deserving recipients around the world.  We started with a kit of over 30 unmarked plastic and metal pieces per hand.  We had to work as a team with one hand covered so we could not use any of the digits on it.  This allowed us to experience on a very small scale and for a very short time some of the frustrations of only having one hand.  These prosthetic hands are then delivered and fitted at no cost to deserving recipients in over 70 countries around the world.  They are able to use these for writing, working, driving, and otherwise improving the quality of their lives.  It restores the ability to grasp and clasp to tens of thousands.   I realized I was using my hands to create something for someone who does not have a hand.  This helped to magnify my attention, compassion and care.  It helped me to count my many blessings.  It humbled me to all the many wonderful gifts I have been given.  Please think of this gift for the next little while each time you use your own hands in daily living or in the service of your fellow man. 
Scott F. Tucker




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