When we lost our daughter on May 16, we couldn’t imagine a deeper pain, and a more profound sense of loss. It was as if a part of our lives was torn from us that day, and in a lot of ways, that was true. How do you move on from a loss like that? Can you?
For the past month, Brandi and I have been talking about the holiday season, and how we were going to handle it. Every day without Hannah is a new first day, and we know that the holidays are going to be hard. The first Thanksgiving, first Christmas, first Easter, etc. will be emotional days.
We can’t bring Hannah back, as much as we want to. We have always said we want people to remember Hannah, and we never want to forget her; since she can’t be with us in person, we can keep her memory alive by telling other people about her and what she meant to us. We decided to honor her memory by sharing some kindness and good deeds with people in our community who could use some good cheer. Starting on this Sunday, November 30, we are beginning 32 Days for 32 Weeks in Hannah’s memory. Each day between now and New Years Day, we will try share some holiday cheer with people around us, whether sharing a meal with shut-ins or donating to the hospital where Hannah was born. We know that Christmas is going to be tough, but remembering Hannah every day, in different ways, is going to help a lot.
Would you like to join us? Each week on this blog, we’re going to share a recap of the week’s events, and we encourage you to share with us anything you did as well. At the end of December, we’re going to collect all your comments and stories, print them, and add them to Hannah’s memory box. It’s just another way of adding to her story and keeping her memory alive.
-Marcal and Brandi
*Edit* Many people have asked how they can get involved or contribute to the Acts of Kindness. Here is our schedule for the 32 days.
11/30 – 12/6: (5) $1.00 bills on random toys in the dollar bin at Target, pay for someone’s coffee, treats to our family doctor, donation to a missionary family, donation to teachers at local school, extra tip for a deserving server, donation to a food bank.
12/7 – 12/13: Dinner to a family in need, items for a local group home, treats to our co-workers, donation to a deserving couple, donation to support group, tasty snacks for the bus drivers, sacks for the homeless
12/14 – 12/20: donation to animal shelter, donation to non-profit, treats for the bank tellers, cards to the someone who is sick, treats for our mechanic, treats for the police, popcorn taped to Red box
12/21 – 12/27: Meals to a shut in, donate to a go fund me, pay for someone’s groceries, treats for our firemen, treats for the staff at the hospital Hannah was born, treats for our OB, stuffed animals for foster children
12/28 – 12/31: activity bags for kids, color books and crayons to Children’s hospital, care package for a soldier, help someone pay for their gas