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How My Family Is Giving Back This Christmas

Childhood cancer can be a real bummer, especially around the holidays. Everything has to be planned around treatment, and then plans can change at the last minute.

It’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves. But I learned at a young age that the best trick to get myself out of a funk is to do something nice for someone else.

The Gift Of Giving

For the last several years, our family has been giving back by sending Christmas gifts to children halfway around the world. We do this through a Samaritan’s Purse project called Operation Christmas Child.

It’s fun to go shopping for little presents—all things that will fit inside a shoebox. Then we load up the boxes and drop them off at a local donation site. I love to imagine the children’s faces when they open the presents we packed for them halfway around the world.

It’s a small gesture, but it helps our family remember that we’re not the only ones who suffer. All over the world, people are bearing their own heavy burdens. We all have our own particular kind of poverty.

The Connection Felt Around The World

When we reach out to each other, even in our own poverty, something amazing happens. We are connected. The world opens up and suddenly feels small.

I know those gifts we sent will make the kids smile. But even more than that, I hope they will make them feel connected. I hope it will bring them joy, just to know someone cared enough to send them.

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Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you this holiday season. I hope you will do the same for me. We are connected in this fight and in this world. Merry Christmas.

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Jenni DeWitt
I’ve been a cancer mom since February of 2012 when my 2-year-old son, Cooper, was diagnosed with leukemia. I'm excited to connect with you here at Lionfighters and on

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