A few weeks ago some friends from church, Kyle and Jill McLane, came up to me with a great idea. Just to give a little background, Kyle is the Assistant Director of Horticulture at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Not only is Kyle and his family friends of ours from church; he has personally taken time to consult with Habitat for Hope and designed the new landscaping beds put together on the property this summer.
What was the great idea? Kyle and Jill were planning a birthday party for their son Bryce. As they were getting ready to send out invitations, they had an idea to put a little different spin on birthday party protocol. They wanted to suggest their guests bring gifts for HFH families in place of gifts for their son Bryce. As they were standing there asking me if they could do this, I immediately said, “Yes, that would be great!” Then Jill asked me, “Could HFH families use gift cards from Target and Wal-Mart?” Again I said, “Yes, that would be great!” Soon, the invitations were sent.
Bryce had his birthday party on Saturday September 26th and celebrated with a big bash at the new children’s venue at Memphis Botanic Garden called My Big Backyard.� After church the following morning, Bryce came up to me with a huge grin and handed me a bag full of gift cards to be given to HFH families.� What a beautiful picture of a child playing a huge role in furthering the Kingdom of God.
Thank you McLane crew for blessing HFH families in such a simple practical way. Also, thank you for giving us a great example of how we can use a day normally reserved for thinking of ourselves to bless someone else.
Bryce turns 7 on October 14th. Happy birthday little man!