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He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25

Our human nature always puts ourselves first. Some call it self-preservation, but in the Bible, God calls it selfishness. We often think about my time, my car, my kids, my house, my job – it’s all about me. Our children are no different. We hear them say, “…my teacher, my bike, my room…” Life seems to revolve around me; at least many of us like to think that way.

Generosity is being unselfish; it’s not always focusing on me but on others. For many it is not natural to think about the needs of others. This is a learned habit, trait, and skill.

As parents, we have the responsibility and the wonderful opportunity to train up our children in a better way. While our children are still under our roofs, we need to be proactive rather than reactive. We have the opportunity to teach them discernment and discretion as they look for the needs of others.

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He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25

Our human nature always puts ourselves first. Some call it self-preservation, but in the Bible, God calls it selfishness. We often think about my time, mycar, my kids, my house, my job – it’s all about me. Our children are no different. We hear them say, “…my teacher, my bike, my room…” Life seems to revolve around me; at least many of us like to think that way.

Generosity is being unselfish; it’s not always focusing on me but on others. For many it is not natural to think about the needs of others. This is a learned habit, trait, and skill.

As parents, we have the responsibility and the wonderful opportunity to train up our children in a better way. While our children are still under our roofs, we need to be proactive rather than reactive. We have the opportunity to teach them discernment and discretion as they look for the needs of others.

Watch the Video

How it All Began

Roy Russell, founder of The Life Financial Group in Douglassville, PA, created the Surprise Package Company as an avenue to teach his children generosity. Every year around Thanksgiving, Roy and Lana Russell would make time to sit down with their four children and talk about what they could do to bless other families who were struggling financially during this Christmas season.

“We would often speak with our pastor and other leaders in the community, seeking to reach out to individuals or families in need. A whole new world was opened up to my children,” Roy explains.

As a family, the Russells would then decide on four individuals or families who they could bless. They looked for genuine needs such as loss of a job, health problems, loss of a spouse, etc. They were careful not to enable the lazy or help the foolish. It takes time and is not always easy but the rewards are priceless!

The Russell family would place a $100 bill in an envelope, write the person’s name on the front and prepare to deliver it.

As Christmas time approached, the Russells would drive out to the families’ houses and each child would sneak up to a house to deliver the envelope while the rest of the family parked out of sight. Their goal was to slip it in the door and ring the doorbell several times or knock hard and run. The fun part is not getting caught! They would watch in secret to see the person open the envelope. They occasionally knew the people who they were giving to, but were instructed never to tell anybody.

As the parent, Roy had to plan every year for the next Surprise Package Co. and save money; the Russell family normally would give away $400 ($100 per child). This will be a sacrifice for many with young children but should become a priority.

As the children grew older, they looked forward to this event and wanted to give of their own money. They also grew more thankful for what they had and no longer took things for granted. What a wonderful teaching opportunity!

How it All Began

Roy Russell, founder of The Life Financial Group in Douglassville, PA, created the Surprise Package Company as an avenue to teach his children generosity. Every year around Thanksgiving, Roy and Lana Russell would make time to sit down with their four children and talk about what they could do to bless other families who were struggling financially during this Christmas season.

“We would often speak with our pastor and other leaders in the community, seeking to reach out to individuals or families in need. A whole new world was opened up to my children,” Roy explains.

As a family, the Russells would then decide on four individuals or families who they could bless. They looked for genuine needs such as loss of a job, health problems, loss of a spouse, etc. They were careful not to enable the lazy or help the foolish. It takes time and is not always easy but the rewards are priceless!

The Russell family would place a $100 bill in an envelope, write the person’s name on the front and prepare to deliver it.

As Christmas time approached, the Russells would drive out to the families’ houses and each child would sneak up to a house to deliver the envelope while the rest of the family parked out of sight. Their goal was to slip it in the door and ring the doorbell several times or knock hard and run. The fun part is not getting caught! They would watch in secret to see the person open the envelope. They occasionally knew the people who they were giving to, but were instructed never to tell anybody.

As the parent, Roy had to plan every year for the next Surprise Package Co. and save money; the Russell family normally would give away $400 ($100 per child). This will be a sacrifice for many with young children but should become a priority.

As the children grew older, they looked forward to this event and wanted to give of their own money. They also grew more thankful for what they had and no longer took things for granted. What a wonderful teaching opportunity!

How Can You Participate?

Step One: Find Someone in Need

Whether you find yourself talking to your pastor at church or looking for someone in your neighborhood, try to find someone who is struggling this holiday season. It may be someone you know, or someone you have just heard about.

Step Two: Create Your Surprise Package

Visit the Downloads section below where you will find several helpful tools for creating your surprise package. If you choose to give cash like the Russell family did, we have a couple make-it-yourself envelopes you can print out. Additionally, there are a couple styles of Christmas cards you can print for giving money. Some choose to put together a box of “goodies” for a family: food, toys, a turkey… For this, we have a couple different types of labels you can print to stick on the side of the box. You can also print a card and include it with the box as well.

Step Three: Deliver Your Surprise Package

Now comes the fun part! Go to the house of the family you selected (it is best to go in the evening so you are not seen). Sneak up to the front porch and place your surprise package. Knock or ring the doorbell and “run like the dickens”! Find a nice bush to hide so you can see the expression of the family you have just blessed. Watch their excitement as they open their surprise package!

How Can You Participate?

Step One: Find Someone in Need

Whether you find yourself talking to your pastor at church or looking for someone in your neighborhood, try to find someone who is struggling this holiday season. It may be someone you know, or someone you have just heard about.

Step Two: Create Your Surprise Package

Visit the Downloads section below where you will find several helpful tools for creating your surprise package. If you choose to give cash like the Russell family did, we have a couple make-it-yourself envelopes you can print out. Additionally, there are a couple styles of Christmas cards you can print for giving money. Some choose to put together a box of “goodies” for a family: food, toys, a turkey… For this, we have a couple different types of labels you can print to stick on the side of the box. You can also print a card and include it with the box as well.

Step Three: Deliver Your Surprise Package

Now comes the fun part! Go to the house of the family you selected (it is best to go in the evening so you are not seen). Sneak up to the front porch and place your surprise package. Knock or ring the doorbell and “run like the dickens”! Find a nice bush to hide so you can see the expression of the family you have just blessed. Watch their excitement as they open their surprise package!

“Surprises” from A Better December

Read “Surprises,” a short poem that shares the joy of giving with the Surprise Package Co.

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