It is at that moment where the panic sets in. While you may have worked with this person all year long, you really have no idea what to get them for Christmas — especially on a $10 budget.
Over the years, I have given and received a whole host of Secret Santa gifts. From jump drives to an autographed copy of "Jerry Byrd's Football Country" (guess who gave me that one), these gifts have run the gamut.
While the intention is noble, the Secret Santa has run its course I believe.
The fine folks here at the Bossier Press-Tribune came up with a new concept this year. Instead of drawing names of coworkers, we all donated our Secret Santa money to the Bossier City Police Local 645 and the Bossier Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #39 Shop with a Cop program.
While our individual contributions would not have been much (based on the Secret Santa stipulations,) collectively, we were able to give a nice sized donation. In fact, some of the folks here even gave more than their Secret Santa allotment.
A funny thing happened as our team gave toward this cause: More smiles and less stress.
Tomorrow, officers will be taking approximately 75 underprivileged children on a Christmas shopping spree at the Wal-Mart Super Center, 2536 Airline Drive. Starting at 10 a.m. officers will accompany the children, each of whom is pre-selected from Bossier City elementary schools, as they go shopping for Christmas gifts with funds raised locally by members of Local 645 and the Bossier FOP chapter.
Along with providing children in need with Christmas gifts, the Shop with a Cop program is designed to build positive relationships among children and police officers.
There are plenty of local causes worthy of the "Secret Santa Alternative." If your office hasn't already passed out the little slips of paper, this might be a great idea for you.
’Tis the season of giving.
May the Blog Be With You.