At the Heart of It All

**We love all the cheer you all are spreading through your communities. Congratulations to Kristin S. and Chelsea E! Ladies, be sure to watch your inbox as we sent a little message your way. Thank you all for your comments and have a wonderful week.**

From the early days of this sweet little company through now, spreading joy, love and of course a little MJC has been at the center of the whimsical world of Matilda Jane! We LOVE hearing all the stories of how this company has touched you in so many different ways. The spirit of giving is what we love most, and we love that we can continue to offer this sweetness to you, our AMAZING customers and your loved ones. We really do have a customer that is like no other, and we love to surprise and delight whenever we can. Besides, who doesn’t love a little surprise?!

With the season of giving among us (our favorite time of the year ??), we thought the best way to start it out right would be with a little MJC spread the love package! Now, you all are always so great about nominating those special people in your life during our seasonal Spread the Loves, but we thought surprising two lucky lovelies with the November collection would be a great way to start out this amazing season of giving! Yep, that’s right …. the entire beautiful November collection. So be sure to comment below about how you like to spread a little cheer during the holiday season for your chance to be selected.

Now, don’t forget about our Big Ruffle Spread the Love! This pretty piece is quite the trend this season that you won’t want to miss sharing with one of the favorite people in your life. Your Trunk Keeper has all the details, so be sure to give them a ring to learn more about this special offer. Also, be on the lookout for our upcoming Spread the Love event coming in November and of course our Twelve Days of Twirl in December. Ahhh, we love this season so much!! Until then, I am off to do a couple more surprise and delights to a few random orders and giveaways.

Ciao for now,

Sarah - November 9, 2017 - 10:00 pm

I always do Operation Christmas Child, which is so fun! You pick the age of the child and fit all kinds of little gifts into a shoebox for a child in a different country. I also give gifts to my kids’ teachers. Last year I made lavendar lotion for them and gave them Starbucks giftcards. There were also a couple of times last holiday season where we got to Pay It Forward in Starbucks drive thru. One of the times, the pay it forward had been going on for 2 hours. Can you believe that? It was so fun. We also give throughout the year to charities and we help support a local farm. 🙂 Happy holidays to you all! I’ve gotta say that I absolutely love this release. I’m dying to receive my blanket in the mail!! 🙂

Angela Twigg - November 9, 2017 - 7:46 pm

I like spreading cheer to as many people as I can Including mail carriers, teachers and even strangers in the line for coffee. Unexpected cheer is the best kind ❤️

Jessica McKean - November 9, 2017 - 5:22 pm

I pick an underprivileged family to adopt and provide all of the wants and needs I can afford so they have a Merry Christmas. I was the recipient when I was a child and it makes me feel incredibly uplifted to do the same for another family now that I in a good position as an adult.

Katie Sultan - November 9, 2017 - 3:56 pm

Although this is a time for cheer, it is always a time of year that I always remind my boys how fortunate we are-to have a roof over our heads, jobs, and the opportunity to earn a great education. So we always ‘adopt’ a family in need-usually through the school, daycare, or library. My boys love helping me shop for the family-especially the kids-and writing a personalized note to go with the gifts. We hope this brings smiles to faces that may not have received anything that year.

Liza - November 9, 2017 - 3:50 pm

We love the holidays and bringing cheer to others. With my work family we go and volunteer at Feed My Starving Children right before the holidays. With my own family we love to pick out different fun toys to give to other children. It’s fun to see the kids get older and have fun picking the toys out!

Allison L. - November 9, 2017 - 3:11 pm

Random acts of kindness are one of the many ways I like to spread cheer, not only during the holiday season, but year round! It’s something my momma started and instilled in me at a young age. She passed when I was 21 and she was only 44 years young from Ovarian cancer, and is also one of the many reasons Denise, her philanthropy and giving heart is something I will always support! She and my momma had a lot in common with both of them starting organizations centered around serving and helping others in need – always putting others before themselves. May we all remember the reason for the season ?

Gosia Howie - November 9, 2017 - 3:07 pm

We love to spread the cheer by helping family in need. Each year we pick a family with kids and adopt them for holiday season by providing with groceries and gifts for the children. Trying to teach our little ones about the importance of giving and not just receiving and sharing the blessings with those who struggle and need a shoulder to lean on!

Jennifer Baker - November 9, 2017 - 2:59 pm

My son & I love to go shopping for our shoebox together! He picks out all the little toys & things to go in the box for a child his age. We have been doing this since he was born, of course, I had to pick the stuff out when he was too small to! We also make Christmas goodie bags for his school classmates & homemade Christmas candy for our mail lady & hairdressers! We just love this time of year & all the joy it brings to us!!

Monica wood - November 9, 2017 - 2:53 pm

We spread the joy by buying gifts for the pediatric unit at the local hospital. We live be seeing the faces of the children that doesn’t feel well that would otherwise have a not so good Christmas. My 9yr old saves all of her allowance and birthday money to help buy gifts. She says she would rather give to someone who needs it and appreciates it more

Kelly Sherman - November 9, 2017 - 2:46 pm

As a single mama of 3 beautiful girls I try to teach my girls that it really is about giving during this holiday season. Although we cannot do much recently, last year my girls drew holiday pictures and we walked around my moms senior citizens complex and handed them out to her neighbors with our best holiday wishes. Little things like this are what the holiday seasons are about. We hope to do more little things like this in the next month to spread the love.

Alyssha - November 7, 2017 - 11:46 am

We love taking the kids to a local angel tree and picking a couple and then spending the day picking out toys for the child/children. I love seeing their face light up when they get to pick out the toys for another child. Then we take them home and cook cookies and hot chocolate and spend the evening wraping them in special wrapping paper, eating, and watching Christmas movies. The kids love it and it teaches them the most special reason for the season… to GIVE! Merry Christmas everyone! God bless.

Crystal - November 5, 2017 - 7:26 pm

We spend time together as a family and extended family during the holiday season. It is our desire to have our children know the value of their cousins, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. and that time with them is precious. We give to others through programs put in place by our church and our children walk alongside us in that effort. The school our children attend also help them develop ways to give back to our immediate family and surrounding community. We are truly thankful for our village!

amy - November 1, 2017 - 10:52 am

i ♥ to give out random “happies” to friends…not just during the Christmas season, but all year ’round!

Katie - November 1, 2017 - 9:38 am

Just after Thanksgiving, I set aside a few hours and I make about 10 tins of homemade cinnamon rolls with my three kids. They help every step of the way. We then wrap them up with ribbon and walk around delivering them to our neighbors. They have freeze and bake instructions on them, so they can cook them up nice and warm whatever morning they choose. We save one tin for us Christmas Day! We also make sure to participate in the giving projects at our kids’ schools. This year we will be helping to make Bedside Buckets for the children at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania.

Candice Mount - October 30, 2017 - 10:53 pm

My family spreads the holiday cheer by donating to the salvation army’s red kettles around town. My boys love to donate, and it teaches them a lesson at the same time. Nothing is better than the holidays through the eyes of children. We have a two year old daughter and love all things Matilda Jane on her! The details get me every time! Thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing wardrobe!!

Kammy - October 30, 2017 - 10:22 pm

We love to spend extra time serving others around the holiday season, showing others the love that Christ has shown us. I love to see my children’s generous, giving hearts shine through giving to others, especially those in need.

Kris Norton - October 30, 2017 - 4:38 pm

Our family spreads cheer in a lot of different ways during the holiday season! We always choose two children from the “Angel Tree” to sponsor. We donate coats for kids and Toys for Tots. I always bring in breakfast/lunch (or donate money) a few days before Christmas break for the teachers/staff at my girl’s school! For those less fortunate or those that have helped our family throughout the year is especially important during the holiday season to let them know we care and they are loved!

Amy Wamsley - October 30, 2017 - 12:11 pm

My family helps spread the love by my heading up the Warm Winter Wishes program in our community. I work with the school social workers in our local school district and match families in need with sponsor families to provide clothing, gifts, and food to families in need. As I deliver some of the gifts my children are able to see that not everyone is as blessed as we are, the smile on another mothers face as you place gifts in her home and food in her kitchen is the best gift I can receive!

Melissa Colson - October 30, 2017 - 11:46 am

My family has been involved with a village in Karanze, Tanzania. Each of my children have a student that they keep in touch with regularly in Tanzania who is about their age. Two of my three children have had the opportunity to visit the village with their grandparents at the age of 12. At Christmas time, we take each of them shopping to find a gift for their sponsored child. Having spent time getting to know their child through the years, they try to think of both practical things that they need along special gifts for them.

Jessica Adams - October 30, 2017 - 10:17 am

We try and spread as much love and cheer during this time of the year as possible. Each one of our kids selects an Angel Tree Child and they are responsible for picking out items for the child they selected. We also go through their clothes and toys and donate to those less fortunate. It can also be something small like dropping some candy off on the porch of a neighbor to spread good cheer.

Kristin - October 30, 2017 - 12:49 am

This fall, I discovered an AMAZING local organization called Foster Love Project here in Pittsburgh. They are a nonprofit group that organizes donations for foster children. Many people don’t realize that children in foster care, often arrive with a plastic bag full of their belongings. This organization creates bags full of all of the essentials, including toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, lotions, blanket, stuffed animal, pjs, book, etc…

I work for an elementary school and organized a fundraiser to collect all of these essentials. We will be donating 13 FILLED bags this week. I also coordinated with a local TK to host a show benefiting this group. Among our bags is a gorgeous MJ bag filled with goodies. I dream of showing up with a carload of these duffles that these little lovelies can tote all of their special things to make their days brighter. 🙂

#fosterloveproject #sharethelove #dontpickmepickthem

Erin J. - October 29, 2017 - 11:03 pm

We spread cheer in a lot of ways during the holiday season! We always choose a child from the “Angel Tree” to sponsor. We donate coats, hats, gloves, and toys to children in need. I love bringing in breakfast a few days before Christmas for the teachers at my kids’ school! Any way our family can give back to those less fortunate or those that have helped our family throughout the year is especially important during the holiday season.

Dana. summerville - October 29, 2017 - 10:27 pm

It began long ago working at a local group home. Every holiday we could share our love with those kiddos, as we were the only family some had. As I got older and began a family, it began about teaching altruism To my children. I brought my daughter in to the after school program to hand out homemade goody bags.. we now shop as a family for
Foster children every year and love it. My children love to know their efforts are supporting other children!

Joey Pack - October 29, 2017 - 3:53 pm

long story but worth it…I adopted my 5 yo daughter when she was an infant. I’m a single father and work in the non profit healthcare industry in NETexas. In July my daughter got gravely ill and I took her into the ER. The skin of my daughter was literally falling off in sheets. My daughter was screamed no in pain as the physicians called for lifenet to transport her to Little Rock’s Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The Drs feared Stephen Johnson syndrome , I life threatening and disfiguring condition that would alter her life as she knows it.
I have always protected my princess, afraid that her biological parents would somehow show up and bring negativity into her life. Being overprotective, I wanted for her, the life I neverf had, but could give her.
The tests continued for days, all the while my daughter was prodded and poked until she was given drugs that would knock her out . After 4 days my daughter was given a diagnoses of Staphylococcal Scaulding Skin Syndrome, a rare but treatable infection. Days of taking the skin off and wrapping her body with moist strips was almost over as fast as it began. I wasn’t sure how but we made it and survived . Th staff at. LRCH was the most supportive and loving people I have known!
Almost over… when we returned ,we had hundreds of locals supporting us, changing Facebook pages to TEAM KIMBER, food, prayers,etc. I received one interesting gift, a Matilda Jane care box from a friend and a Trunk Keeper. The box had a beautiful dress, backpack, headband etc. my daughter put th dress and headband on and said ” daddy, I’m a princess” as she began spinning around. Matilda Jane became my daughters incentive to get back to normal and boost her self esteem. I became a loving supporter at that moment and started buying MJ , at times , a lot!
My plan this season is to tell each of those nurses at the hospital how special they are and how they never leave my thoughts. PS. I Tell my Trunk Keeper all the time how Matilda Jane literally makes my daughter feel like the princess that I’ve always seen her as in my heart.

Jenny Lisner - October 29, 2017 - 2:49 pm

My family always “adopts” kids during the holidays where we will purchase gifts for them that they have requested. We also do smaller things like put a basket of goodies out for the delivery drivers that deliver all of our packages during the holiday season, gift different things to people who can be overlooked like bus drivers and office staff at school. LOVE teaching my kids to give back!!

Megan C. - October 29, 2017 - 10:09 am

Each year, My work organizes a campaign to buy items for local families that are less fortunate. In an effort to teach my two girls the importance of giving back, I always take tags for children who are asking for gifts that include the bare necessities, such as jacket or boots or similar items. It is so important for children to understand that while they are asking Santa for more toys, there are other children who dont have the necessities that are often taken for granted. So I give each child two tags and they lead the way in the store. They always end of asking if we can get more for the children so they have more to open. And typically it includes toys. This is a time for giving. And teaching that while children are young is so important.

Heidi York - October 29, 2017 - 1:58 am

We love to buy extra boyscout popcorn (or America. Heritage Girls chocolate boxes) and put big red bows on them to hand out to beginning on Dec 1-Jan 1, to the security guards or the young security forces military (army/airforce) men & women that check ID’s at the base or post gates at whatever military installations we live on at the time. We get to support all the cubscouts and the families/folks that help keep our nations bases safe and it’s a personal way to just show our families thanks for these individuals who are usually under appreciated and quite young. We usually have the older kids stamp cards with personal thanks and our family name attached as well. We just keep them in the car and watch for new faces each time we enter the base/Post. I think we love the smiles and love the Sharing most of all!

Lisa Marie - October 28, 2017 - 10:49 pm

We have a tree that we put names in at the school so we take usually two or three names and buy the kids gifts! And then we also go to the shelter and help serve food! My Madelyn loves it! We also do that for thanksgiving. I love giving because at one point I was a single mom and I needed that help. And I was so grateful for the people who helped me so now I and so happy and thankful I get the chance to give. And I love reading some of the stories about every one giving back because it makes my heart happy! ❤️ Thanks to each and everyone of you.

Amber - October 28, 2017 - 4:25 pm

My daughter love and to raise money for Kate’s Kart it was founded by a grandmother whose infant granddaughter passed away and they take books for children in the hospitals to receive during their stays

Ricci Bridges - October 28, 2017 - 1:25 pm

This is our family’s favorite time of year also, the kiddos love adopting several kids from angel trees around our town & shopping for them, I love the joy they get from giving to others… another thing I love is making home made goodies for their teachers & our postal workers.

Ashley Sanderson - October 28, 2017 - 12:16 pm

We love to go the senior living home and sing carols. They absolutely love seeing our kids and getting hugs from them. For those who do not have family around for the holidays they greatly enjoy it and we do too!

Lori Pesto - October 28, 2017 - 9:52 am

I’ve meet a special family last year when my DD started kinder. They tried to have kids for many years & were unsuccessful so 20 yrs into marriage they decided to foster. They’ve adopted 2 boys they fostered & the oldest has been in class with my DD last year & this year. The mom is an all in mom & she makes treats & goody bags for every occasion and just loves being involved all while working full time in a very demanding job. Right when we meet last year she had just had 2 little girls placed with her & she still has them. Ones parents have just had their rights terminated so they will be adopting her when all the paperwork is handled. Cps recently tried to move the little girl to a family member but our friends advocated to keep her so she could stay in her stable routined environment until she was able to go back to parents. The family members didn’t pass the home inspection so our friends were able to keep her & she’s the one they are adopting now so thank goodness she didn’t have to move away only to be moved again. My friend recently was forced to resign from her job in upper education where she’s worked for 31 yrs! She’s having a hard time finding her way now & deciding what she wants to do. This would be such a blessing to her family and to 2 little girls who have lived a life far beyond their years until being with this family. My friend never does anything for herself so she would elated to receive this gift especially for these little girls who get so excited over receiving anything new and just for them.

Margot Lillibridge - October 28, 2017 - 12:40 am

Every year we adopt a family for Christmas at our Church and send a Operation Christmas box for a kid by Samaritan Purse with shipping included bc my kids love to know where the box went, we also donate to a Charity we choose every year but this year tragedy hit hard close to us as we live in the Houston Area and there is so many people who lost everything plus I’m from Mexico and the earthquakes in Oaxaca really affected the poorest people in the country, so after donating and helping as much as we could I decided to resale my accesories, make candles to sell and gave up my Halloween Something is brewing bag to do a raffle and collect more money to keep helping, I also host a show with my Trunk Keeper to donate the perks and she agreed to give back some of her commission to pay for the earned perks so I would love to give something nice to my daughter for giving up her Halloween bag to help others and help out a couple mommas for Christmas by bringing them the joy of Matilda Jane clothes ? ❤️ ?

Ana Valle - October 27, 2017 - 10:23 pm

I like to spread holiday cheer by volunteering at my church, spending time with my family, and giving our neighbors a taste of our traditional food (:

Melissa B - October 27, 2017 - 7:51 pm

I love teaching my kids that giving to others is just as wonderful as receiving gifts. Every year we pick out toys to donate to Toys for Tots. We also pick out a child to sponsor from the Angel Tree.

Courtney - October 27, 2017 - 7:09 pm

My sister-in-law fell in love with this clothing line at about this exact time last year when she found out she was pregnant with her precious little girl. Ever since she’s had the whole family running around trying to find the best deals on our favorite outfits to spending nearly our whole paychecks on the new releases. Now, at 9 months old, our little princess lights up everytime she sees her Matilda Jane & cries when you take it away from her. Since seeing the reaction on her little girl’s face, my sister-in-law decided she wanted to see that same reaction on other little girls faces that are less fortunate than we are. Everytime she outgrows an outfit, it gets donated to a family less fortunate with two twin girls, the outfits are brought to them personally by us so we all can see the reaction on the girls’ faces everytime. If we could win this collection just know that every outfit we recieve will be given to another little girl that’s in need.❤️?

Anya - October 27, 2017 - 6:53 pm

Cancer stole so many things from my family when my 2-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer. Friends and family became strangers but strangers became family. There was another mom I connected with three years ago, her daughter Ari was also fighting brain tumors. Over the years we have cried together, sent coffee cards, offered prayers, and been a support for each other. My Emma is considered stable, she has a lifelong battle ahead of her but she is stable and off chemo. The same cannot be said of Ari. Things took a turn and my heart is breaking. If any little girl needs a pick up it is this sweetie.

Andie - October 27, 2017 - 5:58 pm

My little one (2) helps her Nana bake cookies and take them to the local police men, postal workers, electric office and water company.
And up until recently, she helped our elderly neighbor with her cats. She was very ill an in and out of doctors and asked her to take care of them. She gave them food and water and took care of the cats for about 6mths until our sweet neighbor passed. It was the sweetest thing.
And helps her grandma water flowers!

Adrienne - October 27, 2017 - 1:14 pm

As a first grade teacher, I am always aware of children in need. With the help of my Sunday school class, we purchase needed items for a family or two at the holidays and throughout the year.

Staci - October 27, 2017 - 1:13 pm

We have 3 girls! They availotely love their MJ that we are hooked on. We like to spread Christmas cheer by adopting a family in need.

Sarah J. Laugavitz - October 27, 2017 - 1:02 pm

I love this! I’m so happy that we stumbled upon this amazing company/clothing line this summer at a rummage sale! We LOVE this season so much! I would Love to be able to spread the love more than we do. We try to bake cookies and share with our neighbors, teachers, family and friends. This year is extra special because not only are we going to be able to celebrate the one year birth of our baby girl, but we will also be able to celebrate all the people who helped care for her during a very scary time! I am hoping to do something special for the staff at our local emergency department and the staff at Children’s hospital! I’m not only in love with the adorable and creative clothing at Matilda Jane, now I am even more in love with the heart ❤️ behind this company! I hope to be able to purchase more Matilda Jane clothing ( not just through rummage sale finds) I will also be telling my family and friends about this great company!

Crystal - October 27, 2017 - 12:55 pm

We love to spread the love any chance we get wether it’s at my kiddos school by donating books and toys, Donations for canned/dry food, toys/books, jackets etc at my work, or making purchases where proceeds go to said organization. At my job we are very big on CMN and Breast Cancer and I volunteer all year around. I really want to try doing more things to involve my children and them really see how being kind really could make a difference in the world. Depending on how this year goes for my family financially, I want to come up with goodie bags for the homeless and let the kids help make them and pass them out and/or let them shop for a child for the Angel tree. Everyone needs a pick me up and it makes my heart happy to do something good for others and I want my children to know and have this happiness too. Thank you so much for the opportunity.


Raina - October 27, 2017 - 12:32 pm

Our family loves to give. We are very blessed and love to bless others in return. We have done many things throughout the years. We pay people’s rent, buy lunch for people serving, buy people’s groceries, and much more. We try to do something every month. We also only give our children stockings for Christmas and we adopt a couple of families to buy gifts for instead. The best blessing we have given though has been the biggest blessing to us. We adopted our little girl through foster care. She was born addicted to heroin. She is our girl after three boys. She is such a joy and is an MJ addict like her mother! We have had a few other children in our home that have not stayed and we do a lot of respite. We are hoping to have a little girl move in with us shortly. This could be a great start to her wardrobe! Thanks for all you do. It is companies and people like this group that make the world a better place!

Dee P - October 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

Each year my daughter and I buy toys for children in need. She enjoys picking out special items that she knows would be loved. I also like to surprise someone at work that I think may need a little extra help during the holidays. These gestures may seem small, but could mean the world to those receiving them!

Lois - October 27, 2017 - 9:29 am

My husband and I are raising two granddaughters. The 5 year old has autism spectrum disorder and is nonverbal at this point. She goes to a public school preK program. There are 11 children with special needs in her class. I love dressing Miley in Matilda Jane and seeing how the teachers brighten up when she arrives. I would love to share an outfit with each of the other 3 girls in her class. One is a petite and precious child with downs diagnosis. I would also love to share an outfit with the daughter of one of the assistants in the room. Sara Spitler has been my trunk keeper and friend for 10 years since our 13 year old started loving Matilda Jane.
I love that you are continuing the spirit of giving. In life we can only leave the good we have been able to do.

Sam - October 27, 2017 - 9:24 am

We were introduced to MJC when I was pregnant with our daughter, we have been hooked since this time! We love the pieces that bring out her unique personality and are just as fun and whimsical as she is. Being in the medical profession I work many holidays and I am away from family and friends. We will be sharing love and joy to those that are sick and will not be able to be home with their loved ones.

Jennifer - October 27, 2017 - 8:55 am

We donate gift cards from clothing stores to a local organization focused on homeless teens. We have an alarming number in our small community and they are so often forgotten about during the holiday season with the focus for so many being on little kids. We also have continued a family tradition and every year make a record number of our Whiskey Sours to give to everyone. Last year my kids and I made and delivered over 100 mason jars of holiday cheer! Many of which go to the wonderful nurses and staff at our local cancer center.

Susan - October 27, 2017 - 8:53 am

At Christmas each year, we choose gifts from an Angel tree through our church. Each of my children choose requests for a child their age, and we purchase those together (if possible, they pick everything out, although my four year old requires some guidance) and deliver them to the tree before Christmas. It’s wonderful to see them get excited about sharing these gifts with another child!

Erica harris - October 27, 2017 - 8:21 am

Me and my oldest adopt a child his age every year for Christmas he has a genetic dissorder that has caused him to have seizures and to be in a wheel chair along with several other health issues when he was younger he was hospitalized on Christmas eve due to a very bad seizure when we finally got home he hated Santa and Christmas so I sat him done and explained the truth about Santa and who saint Nicolas really was so now he is Santa for a little boy every year he saves all his quarters all year and I add some money to his and we find a local child who’s family needs help spreading the magic of Christmas he picks all the gifts himself and I wrap them he is my hero this year we are having brother and sister join our secret Santa team

Amy Riley - October 27, 2017 - 8:13 am

This Christmas season we hope to spread joy the way we do all year – by being kind and sharing Jesus’ Light with the world. I hope my children grow up wanting to GIVE and SHARE vs GET and HOARD.

Kimberly Klepper - October 27, 2017 - 7:53 am

Love this time of year! My family loves to bake lots of pumpkin bread and then deliver to all of our neighbors and friends in our neighborhood!! It’s a fun way to spread some cheer! We also enjoy buying gifts for children in need to make their Christmas a little brighter! ❤️

Shauna Poss - October 27, 2017 - 7:44 am

I’m the type of person that loves to spread love, kindness & be helpful whenever I can…maybe that’s why I’ve always known, and now am a nurse 😉 It’s in my nature. With 5 kids it’s gotten harder to leave that waitress a big tip, or donate a lot more to a child on our church’s giving tree for Christmas. But then I tell myself that it’s the thought that counts, so whenever I see the opportunity to help (and my husband is the same way❤️) we take the time out if needed, or help in whichever way we can.

I’ve never thought about it coming back around to me, for someone to actually help ME. But today, on my sons 8th birthday I was checking out at Publix, and was $60 short. I got him a cake and $20 iTunes card for his ps4. Well, one by one item I had to start putting back items ($60) worth. And as I was putting back all food from sugary-snack stuff to necessary items she hastily says “what about this $20 iTunes card”, I told her ma’am no, I can’t it’s one of my sons bday gifts, so she sighed and continued taking items off, aggrevated. I was embarrassed enough.

Long story short, I got my amt down to the cash I had and went with 3 of my kids to the car, while unloading the groceries in the back of my vehicle the same cashier came out and found me. She said “Ma’am, the lady that was standing behind you wants to pay for all if the items you had to put back” I said, really? Her, yes really. Me, are you serious? About in tears. She replied, well only if you want, and a part of me didn’t want to step foot back in there today but I did. The lady was paying when I came back in, I gave her a big hug and said TY. She told me she had 4 kids, grown now, & knew how it was some days. We walked out together talking, thanking her again, but I could tell she didn’t want to make a big deal about it.

I believe when you spread love and kindness out like confetti it will, eventually, come back to you! Today’s a day I will always remember, and I’d like to think it’s because the hubby and I pour out when we are able that God watches over us when we need help as well ?

Lacy - October 27, 2017 - 7:43 am

To spread the love we donrandom acts of kindness starting at thanksgiving. It’s one of my kids favorite things to do. We also volunteer at the nursing home. It’s s wonderful season

Lerin - October 27, 2017 - 7:18 am

Random acts of kindness! We teach our kids to be “Santa Claus” to everyone… finding ways to bless others as secretly as possible. Whether it’s anonymous donations, picking up someone else’s tab, or donating to the school’s wish list, there are so many ways to spread love if you keep your eyes open. 🙂

Brittany - October 27, 2017 - 6:11 am

I’m a school counselor in a very rural area. Throughout the school year, I sponsor a club that raises money through various projects. We use this money to take our club members Christmas shopping for students in our school who are less fortunate or going through a rough time. Our students get so much joy out of picking out clothes, shoes, and toys for their peers. They then spend their time wrapping the presents to share with the families. These gifts are delivered to the families as Christmas blessings.
For Thanksgiving, we do a school-wide canned food/non-perishable item drive and are usually able to supply about 20 families with 2-3 boxes of food.
While the holiday season is stressful, as is every day in education, the looks of joy on the faces of the raffles receiving and giving students’ faces are what make this season so special. It’s great to be a part of something that goes about meeting the basic needs of our students because when those needs aren’t met, we can’t expect them to be engaged and motivated academically.

Michelle - October 27, 2017 - 6:02 am

This time of year our family has always tried to sponsor a child in need, but my heart ached to do more and do it more often. So we decided to sponsored full time a beautiful little girl from Indonesia. Our donations allow her to to have access to nutritious food, clean water, medical care, education, and the good new of Jesus Christ! I’ve been wondering what I could send her for Christmas and MJ is always at the top of the list! I would love to spread the love of MJ to Indonesia and to my own girls this Christmas season!

Rose Kern - October 27, 2017 - 5:04 am

We love Matilda Jane, the clothing is very versatile and can be for everyday wear, and also can be dressed up. I love watching my little girls grow up and keeping them little girls. Kids grow so quickly these days and I love seeing them twirl is amazing. We love to spread the love but donating gently used Matilda Jane to the local teen mom shelter. I was a teen parent myself and know how hard it is to dress your child nicely. Therefore, we donate Matilda Jane so many of them can enjoy the clothes like my children do. It’s more than just clothes to me.

Nevie Bleu - October 27, 2017 - 1:33 am

I keep staring at this blinking cursor on my screen, and I’m not sure how to begin or end. I’ve always been in love with the holidays. I love parties; I love any celebration of life and wonder and the cleaning of the slate that is winter. But, for so long, I’ve been the only one. My mother suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, so holidays were dark and quiet when I was a child. Yet, without presents or festivities, I still felt this joy and excitement, even then. Laying beneath the Christmas tree, the lights looking fairies to me and the pine needles filling my hair like fragrant tinsel. As I grew up, I learned that this joyful warmth inside of me near the end of every year wasn’t just absent from most of my family, but from so many others too. So many childhood friends, so many little families were just devastated year after year, too crushed from the death that came with winter to experience the renewal and rejuvenation of it. I have never had a specific charity I donate to or cause I fight for. Honestly, nothing feels like enough around holidays. I can never do AS MUCH as I wish I could do for others. So I just try to do as close to… EVERYTHING as I can. I set reminders for myself to check on or visit every friend or relative or even coworker that struggles during this time, daily. I gift friends fun classes to do with their kids, and I take my kids caroling at nursing homes and volunteering at the animal shelter. Every day I pick a different Facebook friend and ask what I can do for them, anything, to help with their day that day. I turn cardboard boxes into fairy houses with string light ceilings, where my babies can snuggle and read and make cave drawings. Though we live at poverty level, I’ve always felt that wonder and love of the world came from somewhere special, somewhere accessible without a dime to your name. So my husband, our sweet babies, and I do what we can without the money we wish we could donate to those in need. Someday, I feel sure of it, we’ll be able to do so much more. <3

Heather Bruaegard - October 27, 2017 - 1:01 am

Our daughter was born a day before Christmas Eve weighing 1.5 pounds. Last year we made gift bags for the NICU in celebration of her 1st Birthday and her coming home after the 114 day NICU journey. This year for her 2nd birthday we will be doing the same! We hope our gifts bring a little light of joy to parents celebrating their holiday in the NICU with very small and sick babies.

Ashley Meiwes - October 27, 2017 - 12:00 am

When I was a child my mom thought it would be a good idea to get Christmas tree angels every year! She would always pick a little girl or boy off the tree that was close to my sister and I age. We would then get to go shopping for them and package everything up to be delivered! It was fun getting to shop for others that were in need. When we got a little older she also volunteered us to deliver the packages to the houses. It was amazing to see the mothers and fathers who Would accept the packages from us and thank us so much for helping their children get to have a gift on christmas morning to open. My baby girl will be 1 year old next month and I can not wait to start this tradition with her!

Megan Jeffery - October 26, 2017 - 11:59 pm

Every year, I throw a little St. Nicholas party for friends and family. We drink cider, eat cookies and make ornaments. Each child makes an ornament to take home, but we also ask that they make one or two to donate to a local nursing home. Later, my children and I deliver all the ornaments to residents of the nursing home. I really hope to teach my kiddos that older people are to be treasured, and it’s up to us to help take care of them. A Christmas ornament is just a small way to say Merry Christmas! and share a little of Christ’s love.

Kali - October 26, 2017 - 11:50 pm

Our family loves doing random acts of kindness throughout the holiday season as well as adopting a family for Christmas and buying gifts and needs for that specific family. We try to teach our daughter how important it is to give and to help others.

Rachel - October 26, 2017 - 11:19 pm

This Christmas my daughter and I are going to surprise Avery Ella, a sweet 8 year old girl who lives on our street that has leukemia with a Christmas present. Her last treatment is in November. She has endured with so much strength and patience. We will be celebrating her victory with her!

Holly - October 26, 2017 - 10:50 pm

I am a mom of 3 beautiful girls! We love Mj clothing when we can afford it. But we love to use christmas to spread the love at Christmas. We like to do small random acts of kindness, cards , cookies and helpI’m in shelters and we always sponsor a family. I was once a mom who could not afford Christmas one year, and it was so hard for me to accept . Lots of prayers we had a miracle happen and my girls got chirstmas. After that I vowed to help other mothers who were in the same boat. My girls love helping buy for the child we sponsor.

Millie - October 26, 2017 - 10:41 pm

This year I’m looking forward to bringing joy to the people I deliver groceries to! I’m sure a Santa hat and carol singing will be in order!

Emily - October 26, 2017 - 10:35 pm

My family always gets an angel off the angel tree. I remember to this day going in Walmart after Christmas and seeing a girl that went to my school. I didn’t talk to her, but she was always the sweetest and would make it a point to come talk to anyone she recognized from school. When she came to me I asked her if she had a great Christmas, and she told me it was the best one yet and told me everything she got. Everything she got was the exact stuff we had bought our angel, and they were even the same age. So of course I about cried right there knowing i was able to make her have an amazing Christmas. I want to continue that with some awesome MJ this year!!

Maggie - October 26, 2017 - 10:34 pm

I am a proud mom of a MJ wearing little girl who is 15 months. Last year she surprised me by making her way into this world without know that I was pregnant. She is my little miracle and I don’t know what I would do without her. I’m a single mom and when I had her I had nothing! Not the first thing for her, no crib, clothes, diapers, wipes, blankets, nothing! It was definitely the scarriest time of my life but me and my little girl have come so far! I absolutely love MJ and I love when my sweet mom (her Gigi) buys her MJ. I will never forget when I brought my little surprise home from the hospital and a family friend brought me some of her little girls MJ hand me downs. That’s when I fell in love. Knowing what I went through and not having the first thing when I had her makes me want to give. I know how it feels to have a child and not have anything for them and have to buy everything at once and it’s so scary and stressful especially when your a single mom! I want to teach my little girl how to give to those is need and those who are going through a stressful and scary time like I did a year ago! Doing that for someone for Christmas would mean so much to mean know that me and my little girl could dread Christmas cheer to s family in need!

Carrie - October 26, 2017 - 10:26 pm

The magic of the season and a chance for our family to get together has created so many memories for our family. We just welcomed a son in July and with our 5 year old “Tilda-Ma-Jane” addict our family is now complete! With the new addition my darling daughter has shown us so much heart with her willingness to help care for her baby brother and share her toys. She is so excited to teach him things and it warms my heart that she is so giving.

Ashley - October 26, 2017 - 10:11 pm

First of all, this is an amazing way to spread cheer and love! I recently discovered your brand via a consignment sale and I am hooked! I was reading these entries and there are so many deserving families! ❤️

I’m a stay at home mother to two children whom are 14 months apart. My husband is active duty with the USAF and we are currently stationed very far away from family. We’ve been blessed with technology (FaceTime) so we’re able to share special moments across states and countries. Despite the obstacles in a military family, we would never chose another path for our family.

I had to give up my career to support my family, especially during deployments. At first it was hard for me to accept being a stay at home mom, but then I started volunteering as much as possible on our Air Force base. We lend support to families with spouses whom are deployed and plan events for military spouses so they feel loved for their special sacrifices. This holiday season, we will be volunteering at our local free military charity store, the airman’s attic, on base. The Airman’s Attic has helped us in our time of need so it fills my heart with joy to assist them with sorting and displaying the donations. We will also plan a special event for spouses after the holidays to show our love and support during deployments.

Amanda - October 26, 2017 - 10:09 pm

My daughter and I deliver Meals on Wheels year round. She is always complimented on her Matilda Jane dresses by the sweet older ladies that we serve. During the holidays, we bring extras- gifts, cards and treats to make their holiday extra special. We love to Spread the Love in our on special Way!!

Stephanie - October 26, 2017 - 10:04 pm

My husband and our three kids (2,4, and 6) spread the love by visiting elderly widows. We go and take a meal or a plate of cookies and visit with an 81 year old man who lost his wife 2 years ago or a 93 year old lady who has been a widow for 10 years. Often times our hugs and listening ear are then only human contact they receive for the week. Their smiles are so bright and welcoming. When it is time to leave they always response with come again soon? Often times we walk away feeling like we received more than we gave. They bless us with their widsdom, joy, friendship, and perspective on life.

Mary Bockert - October 26, 2017 - 9:54 pm

Wow…I am truly inspired and AMAZED (with these posts) at all of the love being shared and passed out so freely in times when I feel like maybe that doesn’t happen as often. It is reassuring that good people are out there giving of their time and resources to those less fortunate. The truth is, I wish I could be the beaming light in someone’s life by giving of financial resources. With a little girl just weeks from entering this world and two gorgeous daughters (5.5 years and 3 years) already, I feel sometimes we are tapped out financially. We participate in Operation Christmas Child and volunteering at local soup kitchens to help those less fortunate. My girls love giving back as much as my hubby and I do and sometimes I feel that giving of your time is just as beneficial as giving of your finances. Seeing poverty and those who are struggling (way more than we are) is such a beautiful lesson. My energy is spent teaching and modeling for my girls the love Jesus gives us and how we are called to freely give that love to others daily. It may be as simple as holding the door open for someone or sitting and praying for someone in desperate need or as complex as housing someone in a bad situation who has nowhere to turn. I’m a firm believer in sharing love with others and watching them, in turn, do the same.

Elisa L. - October 26, 2017 - 9:50 pm

We like to spread cheer in our community by volunteering and by sponsoring a foster child for Christmas. My daughter is still small and doesn’t understand the giving portion very well but we try every year to make sure she understands that others need us and that it’s great to receive presents but it’s even better to give them!

Jessica Tolbert - October 26, 2017 - 9:27 pm

I am a mom to 2 beautiful daughters..a 4 year old and 2.5 year old. They love fierce and care so much for others, something their father and I try to instill in them, even at a young age. We love blessing those through our shoe box ministry at church. The girls love picking out the treats for the kids. I would love to have such a wonderful thing to happen to our girls so they can share more love through giving some MJ to their friends and those that may not get to have such beautiful clothing. As much as we would love to keep the entire collection..I have a great plan on keeping some and sharing the rest..we love MJ!!!

Denise Bryant - October 26, 2017 - 9:24 pm

Christmas is all about giving, sharing and spreading the love! As children we look forward to getting gifts. However one year it all changed. It was the year my dad left my mom and we went from a comfortable life to total poverty. My mom worked three jobs and put herself through nursing school. Even during the worst times she made it a point to remind us how fortunate we were to have a roof over our heads, food in our tummies and a family who cherished us. We had very little but my mom gave us the best gift ever, the gift of giving. We started a tradition of taking food and toys to the local women’s shelter. Each year we would sponcer a family. It’s not about the gifts it’s about the GIFT of hope and giving of yourself! I am very blessed for those struggles as they have taught me the importance of humility! If I were chosen we would definitely share 🙂 every little girl deserves to feel special!

Jessie Whittenburg - October 26, 2017 - 9:20 pm

Last year our small group at church sponsored a family and bought them their Christmas list and provided them with a Christmas meal. This was an amazing experience. Honestly though, I find so much joy in making the holidays magical for my children. We give to others and I try to teach them to do that but because I know how magical the holidays can be because my family made them that way for me, I also know how hard it would be to not have that. I think by loving those in our own homes we can help them want to love others as well. There’s something about knowing the ones around you so well that you know exactly how to make them happy, and I think that should be the goal in creating relationships with those around us as well. Jesus is definitely our reason for the season though. Can’t forget that ❤️

And I would DIE to win the whole November collection and so would my daughter.

Hellon McWilliams - October 26, 2017 - 9:20 pm

Last year was the first year our “elf on the shelf” came to visit. We, however, adapted the elf concept into one of a giving elf. Our elf would still get in to mischief and do various things, but we would always incorporate an act of kindness with it. For example, the elf had made a mess with the flour and left us a note to make goodies for our older next door neighboor. The elf had emptied the old toy box with a note to spread the Christmas cheer to those who don’t have it… so we went through and picked out toys to donate to the local center of hope. It was so exciting to watch my now 4 year old get in to the giving Christmas spirit. Everyday she would look for Merry Molly to see what we were doing to do next! We are looking forward to our next season with Merry Molly … and to see the wonderful things she has in store for us!

Douglas - October 26, 2017 - 9:19 pm

I’m always trying to get friends and co-workers to buy from my wife, who is a tru Keeper. If I won I would take the trunks to work and had out a piece to everyone. That way I could share Matilda Jane and pass on the holiday cheer

Lindsey Vu - October 26, 2017 - 9:17 pm

I love the Holidays and being able to give to others, just goes hand in hand. Since college I’ve picked an angel child or two each year to buy presents for. This year will be especially fun because our little girl is almost 4 and will be able to fully participate as well. There’s nothing more rewarding than raising a child with a kind and giving heart.

Jenn winningham - October 26, 2017 - 9:15 pm

I am blessed to have the sweetest 7 year old I know. Last year for Christmas she wanted to donate money to a local shelter that takes children in who are going through a rough time . She decided that everyone who donated should get something in return so we made homemade ornaments where you melt the crayons inside . We got to be Santa’s in waiting and the day before Christmas we got to buy those adorable children toys that were on their wish list from Santa. It was so beautiful and the children loved it. We hope to do the same thing this year we called ourselves the giving tree. Thank you for the kind gesture. We love Matilda Jane and the beautiful clothing that are age appropriate and beautiful

Melanie High - October 26, 2017 - 9:04 pm

I live in a rural area. We all know one another. At school, we have an angel tree. We buy items for a child in need. It could be clothes or toys. The parents pick the items up before Christmas. We also, give coats to the kids that need coats for the cold weather. At the local level we give joy through presents and the warmth of a coat in the winter!
My church donates the boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes are delivered all over the world for children in need. A shoe box is packed for a boy or a girl and the age group of the child. Sometimes a thank you letter will be sent after receiving the boxes! Many times a tooth brush is what a child is so excited to receive! Each kid is VERY excited to receive a Christmas box!!
Giving is much more important than receiving!

Abby R. - October 26, 2017 - 8:58 pm

Every year to spread some love around the holidays our family chooses a family to bless with some Christmas love. It could be gift cards, little gifts, baked good, toys for the kids etc. We love to pick a family that is in need and be blessing. We try to teach our girls that it is better to give than to receive year round, and even more so around the holidays! Christmas really is a magically time and we love to be a blessing to others.

Lindsay - October 26, 2017 - 8:56 pm

My husband and I are very intentional about making sure our children learn and understand the importance of gratitude and giving back, and the holiday season is the perfect time for putting those concepts into practice. Our children set aside a portion of their weekly allowance specifically for giving. During the holiday season they will use that money they’ve set aside to purchase toys for Toys for Tots or the Angel Tree program. We also reach out to neighbors who do not have anyone to spend the holidays with and include them in our festivities. Another annual tradition is a cookie exchange with a group of local women. We each bake a few dozen cookies, and then we get together and prepare plates of assorted treats to be delivered to our local fire department, police station, and other emergency responders. Every year my family is reminded once again that our own joy is multiplied when we practice generosity toward others.

Kali Hunter - October 26, 2017 - 8:51 pm

During the holiday season my girls, ages 11, 6, and 2, and I like to make handmade cards and home made cookies and we take them to the police station, fire stations, and then take some to the nursing home and sing Christmas carols to the residents! They love it and enjoy doing it every year, it’s become our family tradition!

Krystal Gerlach - October 26, 2017 - 8:33 pm

I could lie and talk about all the gushy, sweet things my four children or my classroom students do but the truth is a little more disheartening. I preach to entitled spoiled children about giving and putting others first and they are all on board for about 5 minutes until they revert to the greed and Baruka Salt behaviors their ever keeping up with the Jones’ parents have engrained in their brains. Then I go home for the holidays and stretch my small dollars as far as they will go for ungrateful children of my own. I then stay continuously busy trying to cook, clean, and decorate every inch of my house to try and keep all of the ghost of all the people I’ve lost away. I cook a ton of food and invite people but nobody comes and nobody eats it and the kids just want French fries and cookies. I absolutely love the holidays and my mother and God mother made every minute of every day of it special and I try and try to carry it on but I fail and end up spending the entire month of January in a depressed stupor. Maybe times have just changed but I sure miss the time when it was simple and Everything meant more. I’m not sure about this next generation or what we are all doing to them giving them everything we can But someday maybe we will all learn to put God and others first. Until then I will continue to spread that message to all of the children I can.

Heather - October 26, 2017 - 8:24 pm

I am a mother to 3 lovely children and have married my middle school sweet heart and love of my life. We have had years of struggle where we have been truest blessed by our church, our family and total strangers. It is wonderful to now be in a place that we can return the kindness. My children love to help other children thru foster care ministry at our local children’s home and my husband and I have been able to bless other parents in our community in secret. It’s a blessing to bless and be blessed.

Elizabeth - October 26, 2017 - 8:15 pm

My husband and I love to sponsor children for Christmas. It is the perfect way for us to spread holiday cheer!

Donna - October 26, 2017 - 8:00 pm

I am the proud momma of 4 amazing children. Three MJ wearing girls and one boy who walks with pride next to his stylish little sisters. Giving during Christmas has always been our focus and we were fortunate enough to be able to do so until April 2012. I was injured in the line of duty after 19 years of service. I saved a penitentiary inmates life and had no idea what my future would be like. As a mom trying to instill morals and values in my children, I had to find a way to keep our donations alive. My 3 year old daughter Makenna said, “mommy I want to give one of my American Girl Dolls to a little girl who doesn’t have any”. My oldest daughter, 8 at the time, said, “lets do a raffle for the doll and use the money to buy for a local Angel Tree family” . Makenna chose her brand new Julie doll she had not even played with. A precious little girl won off a $10 raffle ticket. We sold 10 chances. We took the remaining money after shipping the doll and bought for a little boy my sons age a little girl Makenna’s age. I witnessed my 3 year old daughter hands folded, on bended knee asking our Elf on the shelf, Zart, to let Santa and Jesus know that she wanted all the dolls she was going to get to go to little girls that don’t have any because she has lots of dolls. My girls and I love our Matilda Jane. We can’t buy new very often anymore for all of us right now due to the battle to get my medical pay straightened out. But, we still do and always will remember Jesus is the reason for the season. And, its such a blessing to give to others and spread the love, especially thru beautiful Matilda Jane clothing. On Christmas Eve we all go to church and Santa comes while we are there. Although knowing what is about to happen in a short hour, my kids manage to always be intrigued by the sermon of the true meaning of Christmas. If by some chance we were chosen for this unbelievable giveaway, we would be honored to continue paying it forward. God Bless

Molly - October 26, 2017 - 7:57 pm

To spread cheer for the holidays we like to do little random acts of kindness. Whether it’s pay for the car behind us at the drive thru, leave the waiter a tip bigger than our order total or donate to those in need.

J'Lyn Womble - October 26, 2017 - 7:49 pm

every year around this time is probably the most stressful time for my family, 2 of my children have birthdays 1 week from Christmas Day, so between trying to plan parties, and buy gifts, for all three of Our children, In my heart I want to give any and every thing I can to the children I see hurting more than my family. The kids who dont bring that special gift to school for the gift exchange, the ones who are so excited to get that 5 dollar gift! I would love to spread some Matilda Jane love to those little girls, who only get to wear ragidy tshirts to school for pajamas instead of cute little twirl worthy sets! but most importantly along with the amazingly cute ruffle pj sets I pray Jesus would be felt through the kindness!!

Kelly - October 26, 2017 - 7:45 pm

Christmas is our favorite time of the year. Where I’m from, we love to do cookie exchanges with everybody on the neighborhood my family takes our cookies to the local nursing home. It makes the seniors there very happy to get cookies and they love visiting with our kiddos also!

Stacie - October 26, 2017 - 7:39 pm

I typically help sponsor a family in need in our community. As my daughter and son get older I’m looking forward to creating more spread the love traditions!

Janet Casperson - October 26, 2017 - 7:20 pm

As former (me) and current (my husband) members of our Armed Forces that have been deployed during the Holidays, we always make sure to send care packages to our Troops abroad and that the military families close to us are taken care of while their loved one is serving us. Most people don’t know but there are ALWAYS Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Sailors Away from their families during special times. We often take their sacrifices for granted and now that I am a military wife and my husband has been away from our family for 3 Holidays over the past 5 years, I understand the hardship other families endure around this time of year, especialt those with children. So, since this issue hits close to home for us, we want to make it as special as we can for them even if their hero is not home to celebrate with them.

Kristen W - October 26, 2017 - 6:52 pm

Every year at this time of year, I like to spread the love by volunteering at the local Coats for Kids sponsored by the Salvation Army. As a shopping assistant, I help mothers and fathers ‘shop’ for coats for their children at this awesome event. The pure joy that I get to see from a child receiving something that most of us just take for granted is what brings me back every year. It is just a blessing to be able to volunteer my time to such a worthy cause and help keep children warm each winter.

Ashley Robertson - October 26, 2017 - 6:49 pm

I love this time of year because giving to others and showing true kindness is such an important value! I am a fourth grade teacher, and my class becomes Santa Ninjas this time of the year. Each year the kids love it!! We discuss the true meaning of giving and being kind. We decide around the school who we are going to leave secret gifts to. Usually we make cards, baked goods, letters, crafts, and buy gifts for the janitor, office staff, and cafeteria. We remember the bus drivers and others too!! I think this year we might try and extend it out more in our small community!!

Jerri - October 26, 2017 - 6:37 pm

My family always helps with The Angle Tree. We try to buy for 2 boys and 2 girls each year. This year, after watching commercials featuring St. Jude, we have decided to collect toy donations for children who are affected by childhood cancer at the UK Children’s Hospital. We began collecting donations a couple of weeks ago and will take everything to the Oncology Unit the middle of December. So far, we are having great success and people in our community are being receptive to the idea.

Jaclynn Smith - October 26, 2017 - 6:09 pm

I did not grow up with a close family. We didn’t celebrate holidays, go to church, or spend much time together. I now have a 2 beautiful children and I’m trying to give them the world. My daughter is getting to the age where we can start these memorable and meaningful traditions. Last year we adopted a family to give Christmas presents to, and this year my daughter will help us select items for another family. We are baking cookies for people and offices that help us throughout the year (doctors, vet clinic – our dog had 2 big surgeries, Sunday school teachers), decorating the tree, cooking and just enjoying time with friends and family. They are only little for a short time! Making all the memories we can!

Dovey - October 26, 2017 - 6:05 pm

Every year in conjunction with our church we help delivery meals to those in need in our community. Many are elderly or just lonely and it warms my heart when I see their eyes light up and a smile spreads across their faces from such a simple gesture. My children and I benifit as well since we have no family in the area.

Michelle - October 26, 2017 - 5:46 pm

We spread the love with baskets right plates of goodies to our neighbors. We live in an ethnically and religiously diverse neighborhood and it’s fun to spread the joy of the season with them too. We rotate other ways to share the love by buying someone else’s meal at a drive-through, selecting an angel from the tree, or donating to the Children’s Home.

Ellie Domes - October 26, 2017 - 5:43 pm

My family likes to fill operation Christmas child boxes and take them to a local church to be delivered. My oldest is 10 and we have done it every year since he was born. Now 3 kids later and we all go?my kids love it and look forward to going every year. They know ask when are going to do it?such an easy gesture that teaches my children how lucky they are and about the Christmas spirit!

Kristy - October 26, 2017 - 5:39 pm

My husband and I have such a heart for the foster kids in our area. For the last 8 years, instead of giving gifts to each other, we have chosen 6 foster kids to shower with Christmas gifts. It is so fun to shop for bikes, DVD systems, jackets, socks, luggage, dolls, legos, and whatever else is on their list. These sweet kids have had their world turned upside down by no actions of their own. A little bit of Christmas cheer, and shining the love of Jesus on them, has been our pleasure. We have enjoyed passing this on to our 2 children now, and these shopping trips are the best part of the Christmas season for us!

Stephanie R - October 26, 2017 - 5:36 pm

Every year my husband and I sponsor a few children who are in need around Christmas. We have always included our own children in this process because we want to plant that seed of giving in them. This year my 8 year old has requested that is along with our extended family take anything we would spend on him and spend it on someone else in need. My heart burst with pride at what a humble and generous young man we are raising! Of course Santa will be good to him this year but it makes this mama proud that something my husband and I started even before having children has made an impact on our children and I am so thankful for their giving hearts!!

Victoria Johnson - October 26, 2017 - 5:34 pm

Every year my kids go through their toys and clothes and donate to those less fortunate. As they have gotten a little bigger, the past couple of years we make a special effort to do something for children with cancer. It is a cause very special to us as we have a friend who is now in remission and one still battling cancer for the second time in his life. My 6 year old saves his change (and anyone else’s he can) all year just so he is able to give it to children with cancer for the holiday season. We also do simple things such as making baked goods for the elderly and spreading cheer around our church and school with small acts of kindness.

Lauren K - October 26, 2017 - 5:27 pm

Every holiday we do 12 random acts of kindness leading up to Christmas Day! Like the 12 days of giving instead of the 13 days of Christmas. Things like, donating k the Salvation Army, taking all out neighbors cookies, pictures and letters and donating children’s toys to hospitals or shoe boxes to samaritans purse. My kids are still very young but it really impacted them when we started and they get excited about being involved now every year. We also post live videos as we do these things to encourage our friends to join us!

Sara Tully - October 26, 2017 - 5:26 pm

Each year it seems God leads me in a different way to spread the love. Some years I have put together gift baskets for families at church that just need a little lift (given anonymously). One year, we were able to fill the need for money for missionaries in Costa Rica to get presents for the children in the church there. Last year at Christmas, I was lucky enough to get back to my hometown in time to grab a family-in-need card from a local church and shop for them. It was very cool getting to deliver those gifts. This year my children and I have been working on shoeboxes and discussing who around us we can spread the love to. I am still waiting for the need to show itself… 🙂 Giving to others, especially at Christmas, has always been an important part of life; growing up, we didn’t have a lot and yet we ALWAYS had a family we were taking baskets to.

Candace - October 26, 2017 - 5:14 pm

This time of year comes with alllll the feels. It seems to make people happier each year!! As soon as fall hits there is just that little *something* that Halle a to the spirit! Once the stores fill with Christmas-y things the people fill with cheer! I find joy in spreading the love with the simple things. Paying for someone’s meal, holding doors and giving a cheery smile, finding families that just need a little extra help to brighten their season. Matilda Jane only makes all of this more fun!!

Janice H. - October 26, 2017 - 5:07 pm

There are so many starving/underfed children in our area. My husband and I get in touch with school districts and we put together baskets of food and home supplies to give their families. We also donate money to fund accounts out of on lunch money at local schools. I grew up in an abusive, neglectful home. I know the joy of a warm meal. I know what we are doing now is only a temporary fix but hopefully we can come up with a more long term solution in the future.

Laura Smith - October 26, 2017 - 4:49 pm

My mom worked at a bank for many years, and throughout that time she befriended many elderly customers with little to no family remaining. During the holidays, our family cooks extra food to hand deliver to each precious individual. We also take the money we would have spent on ourselves and divide it amongst them evenly. The reactions we receive helps remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. I hope as my one year old daughter grows, she learns the joy of giving, not just receiving.

Tiffany Meade - October 26, 2017 - 4:28 pm

Every year we look foward to adopting children from our local angle tree. I love finding children the same age as my kids and letting them help pick out the gifts that they would enjoy opening themselves. I am a photographer and one year I was asked to photograph the kids in my community opening the presents that they recieved. They have a Christmas party just for those children in need so I was privileged to get to see them open the gifts we had purchased for them. Needless to say my heart could have burst. I wish everyone could of seen the excitment on their faces when they opened the simplist of packages such as a new shirt or socks. When my own children would probably said thanks and set it aside ready for another these kids were so thankful for the clothes and blown away by the toys. Most of the kids desperately needed basic items like shoes for winter and a warm coat. It just fills my heart to know those kids didn’t have to go without. My husband and I choose every year to not spend on each other so I can afford to get for others. I would much rather give a gift any day than recieve one! I think others who wittnessed the same as I did would agree.

Angel - October 26, 2017 - 4:26 pm

At the age of 8 my sister and I became orphans and our grandmother took us in. We struggled with not having things that we needed and there was little left which meant we didn’t get anything we wanted. Now I’m 32, married with 4 children. We don’t give them what they want all the time but we make sure everything they need they have. One of my splurges is Matilda Jane because it reminds me of those timeless pieces that I wanted as a child. November our family makes a goal of supplying a food closet with canned foods. December we adopt a child the same age as our children and our children go and pick out their gifts. It gives them a sense of pride and it allows me to explain on a level that they understand where I came from and how it makes those children feel.

PJ - October 26, 2017 - 4:23 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is packing the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes with my children. We usually allow each of our children to pick out items for abbot or girl their age, package it, and deliver it to the facility that transports it to those less fortunate than we. We want to instill in our children that though we may not have a lot of extra things, we have what we need and it is always best to be sure others get what they need as well. Giving to others is not only a blessing to those who receive but also to those who give. Thank you all for giving as well. My 2 girls and I love to get a few MJ pieces when we can, and always enjoy wearing them! ?

Emily Holt - October 26, 2017 - 4:22 pm

I teach in an inner city school and have the most precious students. The vast majority of them come from heartbreaking situations. They go home for the weekend to homes without parents, food, heat in the winter– the list goes on. I would love to win a collection to be able to bless some of my sweet girls, baby sisters, and mamas to my students to something pretty to wear for the holidays, or just something clean without holes in it. I want to share the joy with these little girls that I get to share with my own twin daughters who are blessed with “extra” things in life that these children are not.

Laurie S - October 26, 2017 - 4:12 pm

My kids and I love putting together shoe boxes to send off, and we get a full holiday meal together to deliver to a great family. Whether it is time, money, or accessibility, the holiday season can be stressful, and it is nice to give a hand up those that are in need.

Amy - October 26, 2017 - 4:10 pm

We try to spread the love during Christmas by helping our church with the Operation Christmas Child boxes. I try to teach my kids that not all kids in the world have bedrooms filled with toys, and we pack boxes to send to those children. My oldest daughter also helps her papa deliver Meals on Wheels during her summer vacations. She calls it her job! She also helps other families in our town during the holidays with can food drive through her school. We also each year participate in a program called Claus for a Cause. We get a beautiful picture taken with Santa and all the profit from the event goes to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Sigrid D. - October 26, 2017 - 3:51 pm

I have two boys, ages 12 years and 1 and 1/2 years old, and my daughter is 7 years old AND a huge fan of Matilda Jane. Our holiday tradition is to do a reverse advent calendar where each child creates a basket of food with an item added each day which we deliver to a local food shelter on Christmas Eve.

Ashley - October 26, 2017 - 3:49 pm

My little brother is about to be deployed to Afghanistan. We’ve been working on teaching our kiddos the importance of our soldiers and how they protect us. So, my daughter and I are going to make holiday care packages to send over to or deployed soldiers and spread some holiday cheer since they will be away for the holidays.

Amy Hill - October 26, 2017 - 3:48 pm

We like to adopt a family for Christmas and help others. This year has been very.tough for us. I had to quit my job due to illness and we have been struggling ourselves to make ends meet. I still will try to others less fortunate this year, because we could still have it far worse!

Sara - October 26, 2017 - 3:46 pm

My family enjoys selecting an angel child to buy gifts for off the Salvation Army tree. My kids look through all the angels until they find one that is most like them (close in age or similar interests). They get so excited to pick out their presents!

Hannah Beckham - October 26, 2017 - 3:39 pm

We loveeeeeee adopting an angel in need and granting their dream come true of a special Christmas when otherwise there would be no gifts at all for them. Always lights my heart up to see them open!

Rheana - October 26, 2017 - 3:31 pm

I love to spread the cheer by doing traditional mail and involving my child. Additionally we pic a charity each year to give a gift or donation too. We try to keep these habits going through out the months as well. My daughter and her friend would love all the twirly dresses and patterned fun.

Karie Bedwell - October 26, 2017 - 3:30 pm

My daughter LOVES to spread the love. She is so kind and generous when it comes to the less fortunate. She is always willing to give her clothes and toys to needy children. So all through the year I let her decide who and what we give. She loves MJ and loves to share it with others in need. Recently she gave a dress to a flood victim in Texas because she knew they could not get to their belongings and she wanted her to have a beautiful dress.

Vanessa Miller - October 26, 2017 - 3:30 pm

On Christmas morning my 13 year old daughter, who loves MJ, and I take breakfast to our elderly Meals on Wheels recipients along with a small present from Santa. It sets the tone for our whole day and reminds us it is more cheerful to give than to receive.

Rachel Thomas - October 26, 2017 - 3:28 pm

It is such a joy getting to include my two toddler girls in acts of kindness to others and, while we work on serving others year round, Christmas offers some extra special ways to give! Each year we support our local Air Force community by baking and decorating dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies for the base-wide cookie drop. All single airmen are provided with plates of cookies to help add some joy to their holiday season and cookies are delivered to all of the offices and squadrons on base! My girls love decorating the cookies and delivering them to our airmen. It’s such a simple act that makes my girls smile and comforts the men and women who serve our country and may not be able to go home for the holidays. We also participate in an Air Force Angel Tree. Each person in our family selects a child to buy for and we make a big trip to go shopping for those kids! Last year my 3 year old asked, without any prompting, if she could use the money from her piggy bank to buy toys and clothes for the little girl she selected off the tree. This mama heart was overjoyed that she was being so generous and the look on her face when she handed the cashier her $15.62 in dollars and coins was priceless. She and her little sister have already begun putting money aside for this year’s shopping trip and have over $20! We are looking forward to another season of giving and, while we truly have plenty of MJ of our own, I know my girls would love packaging some sweet clothes up for some little girls who don’t have clothing. Thank you for being such a generous company!

Carrie - October 26, 2017 - 3:28 pm

There’s nothing that grabs my heart more than knowing there are children who wake up to nothing on Christmas morning. Our small contribution to this overwhelming issue is to adopt a family. It is equally as important to adopt a spirit of gratitude, joy and compassion – not only at Christmastime, but all through the year. The world is a better place when we smile at each other, speak kindly and offer a little grace in our daily interactions. Who knows what the person in front of/behind us is going through! Let’s place love in our hearts and spread it all through our communities!

Rebecca Dobson - October 26, 2017 - 3:14 pm

I work for one of the major shipping carriers, so I’m very familiar with how very, very hard the drivers work during the holidays, so I like to spread cheer to them through holding doors, leaving cookies, ordering my MJ pretties (and other gifts early! ?)

Mackenna - October 26, 2017 - 3:13 pm

I love MJ clothing, but don’t own any for my girls. I would love to win this. The last few years we have “adopted” a foster kid for Christmas where we buy the child something they need. I would love to do it again this year and have my 4 year old help with it. I have a huge heart for foster kids and hope to be a foster parent someday. Until then this is a way I can help them. I have also been wanting to make cookies and take them to the local police and fire department during the Christmas season.

Berkeley Puckitt - October 26, 2017 - 3:03 pm

I have a 2year old daughter and we had so much fun celebrating Christmas last year with her. I can’t wait to spend the holidays with her year after year building more memories. Thank you for spreading the love, MJ!

Carrie Bertrand - October 26, 2017 - 2:57 pm

When my daughter was 3 we started doing what we call “traveling wisemen”. On December 1st we leave a letter that states “the wisemen traveled a very long distance to find Jesus. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Our wisemen will be traveling too. Each day you will find them somewhere new. The gifts they bring will be gifts from us to others. We are blessed to be able to share the love of Jesus with our friends, family, and even people we don’t know this advent season. This is going to be so much fun!” Each day in December the wisemen from our kids nativity are hidden around the house. When we find them they are holding a card with an act of kindness for us to complete that day. This has become not only my favorite part of the season but my daughters as well. She has already started asking when we can get the wisemen out and do nice things for people this year.

Serene - October 26, 2017 - 2:52 pm

I want my kids to grow up knowing our local heros and to appreciate what they do to keep us safe. So at holidays (and sometimes at random times) we take a big plate of homemade goodies to our towns fire station and police station and tell them thank you. ?

Melanie Spacek - October 26, 2017 - 2:48 pm

I love to spend the holidays with my 4 children and 10 (and one on the way) grandchildren. But if selected for this awesome gift, it would go to an amazing family that I know. They couldn’t have children. Dad and Mom were both working and a niece in elementary school needed a home. So they took her in. Then they fostered a young girl with special needs; later fostering a baby and 2 teen brothers, of whom have been all through the system. They have recently been granted adoption papers on all children except the niece. (The teens couldn’t believe they would actually want to adopt them). They are being brought up in a Christian home and learning about the church. Mom has quit job to stay home with family and they don’t have extra money to buy Matilda Jane. My daughter (MJ dealer) and I gave the mom and both girls blouses that matched during one of the “Janes give back” promos and they were beyond excited. I think this family deserves this gift.

Beth Krebsbach - October 26, 2017 - 2:37 pm

We have sponsored a needy student family at a nearby university at Christmas time by purchasing items from their gift list for each member of their family so that they can celebrate Christmas with a gift. We have also purchased a gift for a child from the “angel” tree at my husband’s work. We also donate to the Ronald McDonald House to help children who are ill and far from home.

Jessica - October 26, 2017 - 2:36 pm

Every year my kiddos and I look forward to building several Operation Christmas Child boxes. They love shopping for things for children who enjoy the simplest things. Each year we sort through their toys and donate to our local foster care home. My daughter always mentions how she loves doing this every year. Without prompting she started doing this with her clothing, too! It makes my heart so happy to see my children growing a heart for people and a heart for giving. This year my kiddos have teamed up with some neighborhood kids to collect bottles and cans to recycle. They are using the money to sponsor a child in Africa. Thanks for spreading the love and we hope to continue to do our part to spread the love as well.

Chelsea Viste - October 26, 2017 - 2:34 pm

This is why MJC holds a special place in my heart…you all understand the importance of thinking of others! Spreading love and cheer throughout all of December is something that we enjoy passing onto our daughters. The highlight is we host and prepare all of the festivities as our little family at the end of the month for all of our Family and Friends! Happy Holidays too All and I can’t wait for all of the Memories!

Melissa - October 26, 2017 - 2:33 pm

My family has a number of things we do every year to spread the cheer but my favorite is that we sponsor a foster kid every year and make sure they have an amazing Christmas.

Elizabeth - October 26, 2017 - 2:33 pm

We have a very musical family. My father in law and I play guitars and my littles and I sing with some tambourines and other percussion for them. We carol at local nursing homes for the holidays.

Susan H - October 26, 2017 - 2:26 pm

What an awesome opportunity! I would love to win this offer to give back to our community for families in need. On Oct 23, 2017 Our home town Hickory, NC was hit by devastating Tornado’s. I would love to be able donate this offer to a local family/ families in need so they have one less thing to worry about!

April - October 26, 2017 - 2:17 pm

I love the joy in random acts. I’ve been doing my best to demonstrate to my kids giving without recognition. Slipping a little cash to the cashier and asking her to apply it to the person behind us in line, sending an anonymous gift to a friend of a friend with a note letting them know that God always provides. I’m trying hard to listen to my heart and to be more generous. After all, you don’t have to be rich to be generous, you just have to be generous.

Jennifer - October 26, 2017 - 2:15 pm

Our Oct-Dec is filled with lots of giving. We are currently organizing 1500 meals in our small community for thanksgiving. We send shoe boxes, do angel tree, and more than physical gifts work at showing and telling people they are loved.

Joy - October 26, 2017 - 2:11 pm

One of our absolute favorite things to do this time of year is to go to any local sit down restaurant and leave a $100 or $200 tip. I was a waitress in college so I know just how stressful and busy that line of work can be. I remember getting a $20 tip once on just a normal meal, and my smile from that patrons generosity didn’t leave my face for weeks! I also love paying for the groceries of people who are in line in front of me. I love seeing the looks of surprise and gratitude after I swipe my card while they are digging in their purse for change, it is so fun! The cashiers are blessed by it too!

Erica armstrong - October 26, 2017 - 2:06 pm

My girls are only 3 months and 2 but I enjoy teaching them about random acts of kindness and believe that one simple sweet gesture can turn a persons whole day around. This year we will be baking for the firehouse and police department and buying for an angel on the angel tree. I hope you all have a great holiday season! ❤️

Vanessa Domann - October 26, 2017 - 2:05 pm

The holiday season is all about love and giving! Our family chooses a cause or organization to give a donation too around Christmas time–such as a local food pantry, an organization that helps children deaf or hard of hearing, diabetes and cancer research, etc.

Katie R. - October 26, 2017 - 2:05 pm

We spread cheer as a family through singing and giving. My daughter and I love to sing for the church choir and go caroling. We both visit nursing homes throughout the season to spread some Christmas joy through songs. We work with our church to make sure the needy children in our church and community have a truly magical Christmas. We help set up families to be adopted by all of the different groups and activities in our church family, and surprise them with a wonderful Christmas of love and cheer. My 6 and 8 year olds are working on filling their Operation Christmas Child boxes now so we can get them sent in November. <3

Alison Miller - October 26, 2017 - 2:00 pm

We celebrate Channukah, which is not always easy for little kids. My daughter keeps asking why we don’t celebrate Christmas. This year, in addition to our normal “adopting” kids for the holidays through a local charity, we are also taking the opportunity to share in different traditions so my 5 year-old can see how important it is to honor and respect each person’s heritage and beliefs. I want her to know about different cultures and to experience their celebrations to underscore the importance of us all being one human race.

Amy - October 26, 2017 - 1:45 pm

My children (2 girls and a boy) are the most exciting part of Christmas to me. To teach them the meaning of Christmas, traditions, and help them gain a spirit of giving are all so important to me. I hope everyone has the opportunity to slow down a little and enjoy the holiday season. Thanks Matilda Jane for so many wonderful options for matching and coordinating clothes. (The older girl is too old to match, just coordinate ?)

Catherine Powers - October 26, 2017 - 1:42 pm

I like to spread joy by doing things behind the scenes, giving to the angel tree and similar.
If I won this I would spread joy by giving some to my nieces, they love twirly dresses and ruffles, but I know their parents budget is tight, ours is too.
Thanks for being such a great company to do things like this.

Brittany - October 26, 2017 - 1:41 pm

We spread cheer by donating alot of food to my sons school for their food boxes for needy families! I love to feed people so doing the food drive for Food Boxes are my favorite thing to do! Gotta make sure these babies eat after they go home from school!!!

Andrea Cantrell - October 26, 2017 - 1:40 pm

The way that my family and I love to spread the love is by doing things for people that might not have any family to spend the holidays with. I especially love to do things for the elderly not just at Christmas time but throughout the whole year. Most of them have spouses that have passed away and have a hard time with being lonely so my favorite thing to do is spreading some love to them!!!

Jena Baker - October 26, 2017 - 1:35 pm

My kids really love to pack Operation Christmas child boxes. It teaches them to spread and share some of the blessings they have to others who may not have anything.

Jaclynn - October 26, 2017 - 1:31 pm

Reminding others of the love of our Savior is so important! We love because He first loved us. During the holidays, my family enjoys cookie decorating with neighbors, and filling shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse. I grew up caroling at local nursing homes, and hope to start that tradition with my girls soon also. What a wonderful time of year!!

Ashleigh Gibson - October 26, 2017 - 1:30 pm

We absolutely love adopting children from the Angel Trees or Foster Care programs. It’s so fun to pick out outfits and toys for other little girls and know they will be having an amazing Christmas also!

Amanda - October 26, 2017 - 1:18 pm

I love shopping with my daughter and have her pick out gifts for the toy drive. Our local farm stand does a large event with Santa and I always make sure she is the one who places the toys in the donation box. Now that I have another child this year, I am excited to expand the tradition.

Alana - October 26, 2017 - 1:17 pm

One of my favorite memories of Christmas when I was a little girl was my mother and grandmothers Polish Kolaczki cookies…a delicate cookie filled with apricot or raspberry. Every year, I would help in the kitchen…make the dough, chill it in the refrigerator and then finally the day came when we would roll it out, cut, fill and then fold the cookies. The smell of them baking…heavenly! The time we spent together during this lengthy process is so precious to me now as my mother passed away in 2008 from cancer and my grandmother in 2013 at the age of 100. To help me with my sadness at Christmas and to feel their presence, I bake and share these cookies… over 1,000 every year to my children’s teachers, neighbors, friends, and family…they were described to me as tiny “pillows” of love from my TK!

Michelle - October 26, 2017 - 1:13 pm

So generous! My family spreads holiday cheer through music and baking. We are singers and do multiple musical gigs through caroling and performing at Christmas events. We also bake a lot of cookies and raisin bread to give to our neighbors, friends and family. Thank you for creating beautiful clothes!

Sarah Davis - October 26, 2017 - 1:04 pm

For me, Christmas is an opportunity to give without expecting in return . . . so I don’t usually talk about what we do 🙂 With 5 kids, I feel it is important to help them learn to think about giving to others. We put together a holiday basket for a needy family in our community, and this year we are providing a “Basket of Love” for a 10 year old boy whose mom is in drug rehab. This gift is near and dear to my heart because this will be the first Christmas in a long time where we will celebrate Christmas and also celebrate that my brother is 10 months sober from his drug addiction. We have so much to be thankful for, and my goal is to share God’s love with others and help my children see our blessings as well.

Natasha - October 26, 2017 - 1:03 pm

Being a military can be hard around the holidays- more often than not we aren’t stationed near family and don’t get to go home to visit. We always make it a point to open up our home to anyone else who isn’t able to go home. I love being able to spread the love by inviting people in and feeding them ❤️

Nicole Snow - October 26, 2017 - 12:59 pm

I have an almost 2 year old who I already try to instill the gift of giving to. We recently filled our Christmas shoe boxes for church to send over seas for kids in need during Christmas. This is such an amazing opportunity to win and bless someone with!! We would love to win!

Nicole S. - October 26, 2017 - 12:53 pm

Our absolute favorite thing to do as a family is pick names off the angel tree and shop for kids who don’t get much. As my children get older it’s been nice to see them show more understanding and compassion toward others ❤️ Thank you for this opportunity!

Amber willis - October 26, 2017 - 12:41 pm

growing up with a dad as a pastor, I was always involved in ways the church spread love. My favorite memories are Christmas caroling to the elderly and shut in as well as delivery food boxes to families in need. I think i need to set up a night of caroling so my kids can experience it!!!

Samantha - October 26, 2017 - 12:36 pm

I absolutely love the holiday season! We start by celebrating the beginning of Advent in our church with a service of Hanging of the Greens, where families decorate the sanctuary with greenery and the children decorate the Christmas tree and we talk about what each ornament symbolizes. There are cookies and other treats to share, school parties, cub scout activities, parades and shopping. We always adopt angels for Christmas, fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The Christmas season still fills me with love and wonder, most of all for the Gift of our Savior. I am trying to teach my children what is most important about the holiday so that it continues to be meaningful to them. At 5 and 7, it’s the most wonderful time of the year for them, not it just Santa, but being with our church family, cousins and our immediate family. They are loved and safe and so, so happy.

Shelby Jones - October 26, 2017 - 12:36 pm

We welcomed our daughter to the family last year, she was with us for Christmas, but she was so little she didn’t even know what was going on. I am so excited to share this year with her! We have had so many first this year, and I can’t wait to see her reaction on Christmas morning!
We have already purchased a few gifts to donate to children in our area and plan to purchase more. Nothing warms my heart more that seeing the parents faces, because they are so exited they get to give their children something for Christmas. These parents work so hard to provide for their families and it makes me so happy they are able to have a present under the tree for their little ones.
I am so thankful Matilda Jane is a company that spreads the love. Most companies have forgotten to do that these days. I am glad to know there is still good in this world. ?

ERIN M MCCOLLUM - October 26, 2017 - 12:33 pm

We always donate a ton of toys to all the different charities around our town. We pick up clearance or half priced new toys all throughout the year and save them up – then when the charities put out their donation boxes, we go around and add in our stash of toys! Its a great way to help out those that may not have much for Christmas and I know the kids are excited when they receive something under their Christmas Tree!

Erika thacker - October 26, 2017 - 12:23 pm

The First thing we love to do is bake cookies for the airman stationed at wright Patterson Air Force base who are away from their families year round but specifically during the holiday season where they are missing home a little more.

Secondly we love to buy gifts for the toy drop box on base for families to have less financial hardship during the holiday season!

Lastly we go though our outgrown clothing and winter apparel to donate to our church or the airman’s attic.

Shea Curtis - October 26, 2017 - 12:23 pm

My mother started years ago showing how to share the love by making cookie trays and delivering to neighbors. This is a tradition my kids and I have enjoyed carrying on. At church, we donate hats and mittens to the tree to be donated locally. Our town also had a new ministry where children in need are given weekend “backpack” meals as well as daily snacks. This same ministry conducts “heat the streets” where we can donate gently used or new jackets and blankets. We delivered our first jacket and blanket donation last night. Thank you MJ for caring, and for encouraging others to give back!

Sarah Cimino - October 26, 2017 - 12:14 pm

My kids absolutely love adopting a family from their school’s Christmas Angel tree and helping me shop for them. They also help me collect small toys and prizes for the prize box at my dental office which serves low income kids in a school setting.

Amy Cox - October 26, 2017 - 11:57 am

We love to bake cookie trays and then go around delivering to all of our fantastic neighbors! It’s a tradition that was started a long time ago in my family and we hope to continue it for years to come!

Katie - October 26, 2017 - 11:42 am

I like to do the twelve days of Christmas (kindness style) with my kiddos!!!

Melissa Venditti - October 26, 2017 - 11:40 am

What a amazing company I just love them!
Having 2 premature babies the NICU is very close to my heart my last baby was born 2 month early and they saved her life and for that I’m so greatly appreciative, so I like to bring little Christmas presents to all the preemie babies and their parents who are spending their time in the holidays in the
Hospital waiting to desperately bring home their tiny babies from the hospital and to the nurses who take such good care of those tiny babies and love them like their own babies

Lyndsey - October 26, 2017 - 11:35 am

Oh my gosh this is beyond generous! I would live to win I have 3 girls of my own and we have an abundance of people we’d love to bless. We have friends from church, family members, and even a neighbor. We’d love to win!

Kaylee - October 26, 2017 - 11:29 am

First of all, I’d like to say thank you to Matilda Jane. Your company has brought me a lot of cheer and hope. You’ve reminded me that there is still good people out there. Thank you so very much for all that you do for people. Around the holidays, my family and I like to spread the love and cheer by making gift baskets and going to houses to sing Christmas Carols. We also like to buy for the children who wouldn’t otherwise get gifts. It’s an absolute joy to help others and make others smile. We all need to remember that we all just want to be given some compassion and love. Make someone’s day or better yet, their life! ?

Tiffany Schoenfelder - October 26, 2017 - 11:23 am

I would nominate my Daycare lady. She selflessly takes in respite care and Foster Care kids ,often at the last minute . These can be kiddos of any ages, and can show up at her door within an hour. She just recently told me a story of two kids she got, showed up with whatever trauma in their family they endured, and one garbage bag of stuff that the two of them had. My daycare lady was trying to find some new clothes for her, and the sweet girl said she just wanted something girly. ? I would love to gift her with a collection of beautiful clothes, because I know how my girls feel when they twirl in them, and every little girl should have that feeling. Something as little as a pretty dress could make a huge impact in that little girl’s life .

Becky B - October 26, 2017 - 11:23 am

This year we’re starting a tradition for our children. We’re going as a family to ring the bell for the Salvation Army. It’s a great way to spread the cheer while helping out those who aren’t as fortunate. In the past we have chosen names off of The Angel Tree and my oldest children have gone down the street to help an elderly man shovel. We live in Minnesota so this is a huge task! My kids decided to start doing this all on their own and it makes me extremely proud!
This year is our last family Christmas. We’ve opted to go do things as a family instead of receiving mayerlistic items. Memories matter more.

Alejandra Hernandez - October 26, 2017 - 11:11 am

We donate all of our clothes that we have outgrown and toys in good condition to people in need, my goal as a parent is to plant the seeds of generosity and humility in my kid. I’m a stay at home and with only one income some times it’s a little hard but I’m thankful for having a roof over our heads so we share whenever is possible <3.

Nickole cory - October 26, 2017 - 11:11 am

I love Christmas through the eyes of my children. We love to donate two Operation Shoebox gifts to children in other countries. It’s fun, pretty simple and fulfilling for all. I love MJC. And the Might Acorns group///my goal is to do more for MA someday.

Kelly M - October 26, 2017 - 11:08 am

We love to spread the LOVE to all our friends at Lurie Children’s Chicago. My daughter has been hospitalized since birth and for the last 9 months that has been her home. I love to dress her in Matilda Jane and especially love that you use special needs kids as models. She is the sweetest little girl.. We have been donating all her old clothes to the NICU children at Lurie. When your child is hospitalized it can be a hardship to try to bring laundry back and forth… and some children are there so unexpectedly that their parents couldn’t pack anything. So that is how in a small way we are spreading the LOVE!

Allyson Blackwood - October 26, 2017 - 11:06 am

Our family loves to spread holiday cheer in several different ways. My favorite thing is doing Operation Christmas shoeboxes through Samaritan Purse. I love packing the boxes and with anticipation love to track the boxes and see what country in the world receives them. My kids love to make personalized ornaments to give to their friends and we also love making baked goodies for our neighbors.

Micca - October 26, 2017 - 11:01 am

My littles (6,6, 4) love to spread holiday cheer by shopping for toys to donate to Toys For Tots. This year, now that two of them are readers, we plan to add to the holiday cheer by volunteering time to reading to the elderly.

Jennifer and Fiona Joon - October 26, 2017 - 10:59 am

Wow! How awesome would it be to get the entire November collection and have it at your disposal to brighten up some people’s day?! There are so many girls and women that I’d love to surprise! At my church, there’s a young girl that her mother is not in her life, so I always think of how beautiful she’d look in MJ, and she would love it! At my daughters daycare I often bring things that she’s outgrown, there’s always those that could some extra clothes for winter! My niece, who is growing up on us(10 yrs!), and really likes the few peieces I’ve gotten her would sure like some more. This is a wonderful thing you do, thank you for being ‘more than clothes’❤️.

Julie Harper - October 26, 2017 - 10:57 am

So! As I’m sitting here thinking about all of the wonderful mamas I know, I can’t help but think of one in particular who deserves this more than anyone can imagine. My sister-in-law. Let’s jump back to January of this year when her sweet Gracie Drew was born. That little girl was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect while mama was still carrying her. Only a week out, and they were operating on Gracie to repair her aorta along with 2 holes in her heart. Paige had always prayed for a little girl to dress up and that’s what she has. She loves all things girly and adores this brand! Paige is so unselfish and the kindest person you could meet. She always bought sweet little outfits for my daughter to wear so that she could feel like a princess. I know she would just love to put sweet Gracie in this set for the holidays! There is no love like that of a mother for her daughter or like that of a girl and her twirl.

Toni Orr - October 26, 2017 - 10:56 am

I would like to nominate my daughter. She is due with her second daughter any day now. She had complications with her first daughter and had her at 36 weeks. She is currently 38 weeks and chugging along helping her community raise funds for our local boys and girls club and her sorority that raises money for cancer research and local families. She is suppose to be on modified bed rest but helping others has always come first to her. Her gala that she had a few weeks ago for the boys and girls club raised over $30,000 and the upcoming holiday boutique for her sorority is the sororities biggest fundraiser of the year. I would love for her to receive something special this holiday season as she does so much for everyone else and never expects anything in return. Her favorite quote has always been “No one has ever become poor by giving” and she gives herself to her family, community, and friends 100% of the time.

Niki Rogers - October 26, 2017 - 10:54 am

I have a hard working selfless family I would love to nominate! This is a family with 2 beautiful girls who’s oldest is turning 5 in December & has a rare disorder called KNCQ2. There are only 300+ cases known and is growing in numbers daily! I was her teacher for a short period of time & finding things that offer soft textures for sensory input is not always the easiest thing, but MJ would be the PERFECT surprise gift for this child!

lee early - October 26, 2017 - 10:53 am

We try to do a few different things like an advent calendar countdown to Christmas. One kind deed a day to people in need or strangers leading up to Christmas. It’s nice to get the whole family involved and thinking of ways to give and not get.

Kyla Taylor - October 26, 2017 - 10:51 am

The holiday season has always been my favorite time of year. There is just something magical and special about it. Now that I have children of my own, it is even more so. I want them to grow up having warm memories so I try to make it very special for them.

It is easy to get swept up with how commercial the holidays have become, but I do my best to stay focused on the giving spirit of the season and I want my children to know that giving to others is the best gift one can receive.

Each year, we go to the Salvation Army Angel Tree and select one boy and one girl to shop for. My children are still quite young, but I want them to know how good it feels to be able to help another child to have the thrill of opening gifts on Christmas morning.

Starting this year, we are donating to our local community pantry to purchase a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for a family in need.

My hope that is that years from now, after my children are grown and have children of their own, they will think back on all the joy and happiness they brought to others just by giving and will do the same with their children.

Angelia Myhan - October 26, 2017 - 10:42 am

I would love to nominate Jessica Davenport in Muscle Shoals, AL. Her and her husband have 2 beautiful babies who have been diagnosed with a very rare disorder called SIOD, Kruz and Paizlee. They both work nonstop to take care of both babies with doctors appointments and all kinds of medical care. SIOD is very expensive to find a cure for and research. I know she would love to have this for Paizlee.

Lexi - October 26, 2017 - 10:41 am

I would never tell the things we do to be charitable as it’s not about attention but I love how the spirit of Christmas brings a little more joy to people’s hearts about giving. The season is a time of warmth, sharing and selflessness and I wish we could live in a world that lives like this every single day.

Kaitlin - October 26, 2017 - 10:33 am

For over 10 years, I have been adopting an elderly person to buy gifts for at the Holidays through a local charity that I used to regularly volunteer for. I started doing this before I had a family of my own, and have continued the tradition with my children helping me pick out gifts for him or her. Their favorite part is buying items for the person’s pet, because they almost always have a kitty or doggy. Then, in January, we receive a thank you note from our person with their sincere thanks. It fills our heart with the joy of giving, and is by far my favorite part of the Holiday Season.

Kari Harter - October 26, 2017 - 10:29 am

We don’t have a lot of money as we are a family of 8 living on a police officer salary. We do little things all year long but our kids decided last year that they only need one gift and to find a giving tree to give their other gift.

Brandi - October 26, 2017 - 10:27 am

My favorite tradition with my two kids is shopping for the Angel Tree and doing other small random acts of kindness.

Brittney Pruitt - October 26, 2017 - 10:21 am

Every year for Thanksgiving we cook a little extra and invite over single sailors or families that are stationed away from their families during the holiday season. Being in the military or being a spouse isn’t always easy during the holidays and we like to make sure we can bring them in and make them feel like they’re at home.

Jael Brose - October 26, 2017 - 10:09 am

Sometimes there’s a spot on the life path that’s hard. It’s not always a big, unexpected, life changing event or an earth shattering calamity that makes it tough. In certain instances, the road block can appear worse because there is no “justification” making it ok for things to be so off track. It’s the silent struggle and I have a sweet Mom who slaps a smile on her face and her Big Girl pants on every day for her family. To outfit her 3 girls in our newest trunk for the holidays would be the best, unpredictable gift and an incredible act of love. ?❤️

Shedona Fruge - October 26, 2017 - 10:08 am

I LOVE to spread the LOVE around by baking goodies for those close to me!! I love sending cards or an inspirational or uplifting quote!! Christmas to me is about family and friends!!

Carmilla - October 26, 2017 - 10:04 am

Oh Wow!!! I would definitely nominate Jodee, she is a single mom of 2 beautiful girls who gave 25 years of selfless service in our National Guard. She is now retired from the National Guard and works at her girls school. Both girls are getting excellent grades and honors- I think it is wonderful their mom is now able to be with them full time. She is an amazing leader and has a huge heart. They are always giving to others whether it is paying for a strangers meal or volunteering their time. They all wear about the same size, tween 16 or xs/s Women’s. Thank you for sharing this opportunity!

Kelly Johnston - October 26, 2017 - 9:59 am

I learned from a close friend that random acts of kindness are the most rewarding. I enjoy prepaying for groceries for the person behind me. Little things like that can really brighten a strangers day. It makes me feel good inside too. Plus it gives my kids a lesson in humanity.

Megan Habegger - October 26, 2017 - 9:59 am

We have a kindness elf that comes and brings little notes for the kids for acts of kindness❤️ We make cookies for the neighbors, we have stockings in the car that are filled with basic necessities, a gift card, water bottle and hand them out to people we see that are in need. We take a gift basket to the police station. I have called a local nursing home to see what their residents like and we brought a gift basket with those items. We decorate our trash and recycle cans and thank our trash men/women with s special thank you. We put out a bucket with food and drinks for our delivery drivers that come by and our postman. We will leave a dollar or a little something special somewhere for someone to find and bring a smile to their face and most of all we just be nice and kind to all strangers we see!

Mika Blanton - October 26, 2017 - 9:54 am

I always take a few names off of the angel tree in our town and buy a few gifts for these chidlren who otherwise wouldn’t get anything. It’s not a huge thing to do but it makes my heart happy to know that I can help make a child’s Christmas just a little brighter. It’s something that is close to my heart and I hope i am always able to do this!

Valerie Brown - October 26, 2017 - 9:53 am

Every Christmas our family likes to help at least one family have a Christmas that otherwise would not have one by not only helping with gifts but also a warm Christmas dinner. . No child should ever have to wake up on Christmas morning without a gift from Santa or without a good meal. God Bless all those in need!

Katie McKenna - October 26, 2017 - 9:49 am

I would love to Spread the Love to a sweet dear friend who just lost a close loved one to cancer at just 24 years old. She was by her side for months and has been organizing a huge fundraiser in her honor. She LOVES Matilda Jane and has been unable to buy due to supporting her friends financial obligations during her illness. She has shown such love and I would be so happy to send her a sweet care package to brighten her day. Thank you!

Dawn Hudson - October 26, 2017 - 9:48 am

Christmas time is such a magical time of year. Our family always tries to help it feel magical for those less fortunate. We always fill a few Operation Christmas Child boxes and pick a few children/families from the Angel trees. I’m teaching my children that giving feels just as good and sometimes even better than receiving.

Megan Spangler - October 26, 2017 - 9:47 am

I’m fortunate enough to be able to spread cheer and love through the year as an elementary school principal! From working with community organizations to collect school supplies for students in need, to shopping and to personally provide things such as clothes, coats, and hats. Along with helping I provide essentials—we spread love by doing extra things (beyond addressing basic needs)… such as collecting fun baskets of activities and crafts for a student who is waiting for a kidney to make dialysis a little more bearable. I’m so blessed in my life to have the opportunity to interact with a variety of families that enrich my life in so many ways.
One of the most amazing families I’ve ever had the opportunity with which to work is comprised of a Mom and a Dad, who have 11children, 9 of whom are adopted and most with special needs… although they are all their children. When someone asks which are her children—she replies “all of them” with a loving, dumb-founded look on her face. The mom is an incredible volunteer, a pto officer, and (along with her husband) is an amazing parent! They are such a giving family who would never ask for help. The mom ooooos and ahhhhhhs over Matilda Jane each release and always talks about purchasing, and I know dreams of her girls twirling in our beautiful collection. ❤️❤️❤️

Saba - October 26, 2017 - 9:40 am

My husband’s family always had a tradition where the children would pick an age-matched child’s name off an angel tree, and they would buy something for that child. We have carried the tradition forward with our little family. I love to see my daughter’s face light up not only when she receives a present, but when she is giving something to someone else…that is the true joy and magic of the holidays. Thank you, Matilda Jane, for spreading the love! If I win this trunk, we will definitely be donating an outfit from it to the local women’s shelter to spread the love!

Ashley - October 26, 2017 - 9:34 am

My spread the love is very simple and not as fancy as a lot of others. However, for us, it not only brings a smile to others faces but to ours as well. My daughter (8.5) has been gathering a few of her friends for the past couple years and will go to her GG’s assisted living residence and the girls sing carols for all of the residents. Its beautiful to see the joy on their faces…the girls and the residents. She also loves to go caroling around our neighborhood. It brings her so much happiness to spread the love through music. I love this about her! (And so much more, too.)

Crystal potenza - October 26, 2017 - 9:32 am

Me and my girls make cookies and take to the fire/police departments and to some elderly in our neighborhood.

Katherine Strickland - October 26, 2017 - 9:32 am

After raising four children to adulthood, I find myself the proud parent of three more. I am raising three of my nine grandchildren. I have a 7 year old son, a five-year-old daughter, and a three-year-old daughter to add to my family of for adult children. Starting over as a new parent at the age of 54 was not easy, and so many people reached out and helped me, so, the way I try to spread love is to pay it forward. There’s nothing I won’t do to help a foster family, a relative caregiver, or someone who needs help getting back on their feet so that they can keep their family together. I am so passionate about Matilda Jane, your mission, and your diversity in your ads… Not to mention you’re adorable clothing for little girls and for women, you’re beautiful accessories… That in 2018 I am planning on becoming a trunk keeper, myself!

Ashlea - October 26, 2017 - 9:32 am

I’d love to spread the love by dressing little girls in pretties that are at Childrens Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA) for the holiday season. I can only imagine the smiles on their faces when they are gifted with clothes as beautiful as Matilda Jane 🙂

Tracy Peconr - October 26, 2017 - 9:31 am

We are always looking for ways to bless others and “spread the love”. My 3 kids all love picking from the Angel tree at church. However, one of my favorite Christmases was several years ago when we were made aware of a family at my daughters daycare that couldn’t provide for their children that Christmas. It was the week before Christmas and my husband and I sprung into action and made sure that Santa came for those kids! My daughter later told me that she heard an Angel helped Santa at one of her friends houses. It was one of my favorite Christmases and I would love to do it again.

Heather - October 26, 2017 - 9:26 am

I’d love the chance to earn this collection! I have two girls (3 and 10 months). My husband recently made a career change and we are working with one small teachers budget for Christmas. I’m hoping to gift these to my girls and to a few other special little ladies in our family!

April Peters - October 26, 2017 - 9:20 am

I have four precious littles, and every year I help them make sugar cookies, decorate them and take them to our neighbors. We love spreading the love to our community together!

Katy Keen - October 26, 2017 - 9:15 am

I founded and run a small non profit called Seasons of Hope. All our funding comes from other families and a few businesses. We have our biggest project of the year coming up Secret Santa Project. We could use the clothes to help families in need.

Every Child deserves to wake up on Christmas morning to a gift under the tree, a stocking hung with a care and food on the table. Secret Santa Project helps provide local families with just that. We Share each families story with the possible donors so they can pick who they like to adopt ( like angel tree).We hope to give each child or Teenager gifts and clothing , the family gets a meal , a blessing bag and we ask each family for one wish . These wishes range from new sheets to new tires or a Christmas tree. We then hold a Party for the families where the children are able to enjoy time with Santa, crafts, refreshments and more. While our volunteers help Mom , Dad, or sometimes Grandparents get the gifts to the car.

Leigh - October 26, 2017 - 9:09 am

I would love to share this collection with my students! I have several who might not have anything under the tree this year, and it would be awesome to be able to send these beautiful clothes home with them. They work so hard for me every day, and I know many of them go home to parents who don’t praise them for their hard work. It would just be great to see some of them with a smile on their faces.

Erin Larson - October 26, 2017 - 9:03 am

Giving starts with a smile. I’m teaching my girls to always be friendly and courteous, as a smile can start a conversation. A conversation can start a relationship, and truly giving requires genuine intent of well being and betterment for the other. Thank you, MJC, for always staying true to principals that always lift one another up. I’m proud to be a part of this company and dress myseld and my girls in confidence.

Cayla - October 26, 2017 - 9:01 am

We like to spread the love through music. We sing for sick family, church services, and volunteer a lot of our time to prepare music for others’ enjoyment. It’s one way we’ve been blessed that we can use to bless others. We also try to donate food and money to local organizations as we are able.

Issy Ledbetter - October 26, 2017 - 9:00 am

Thank for spreading the love!
To me spreading the love doesn’t have to be something that you buy and give away. Yes, there are many in need and we do give when there is a need. But what I mean is through our every day life. There is so much hurt going on in this world that if each of use would take the time to be kind and positive; we would see a change. Like Mother Theresa said “if you want to change the world, go home and love your family”. Being positive isn’t always easy, but if we look for the good in our day it will change how we treat others. My children watch and learn from me. So if they see me give to the needy, tell the mail carrier thank you, put my grocery cart away, use my manners, they are learning from example.
I love this company and what it stands for. For my little girl to be a little girl.
Thank you Matilda Jane???

Erin - October 26, 2017 - 8:56 am

Before the start of the holiday season, we donate new dress clothes (with tags still on) to a local church that gives out free items to anyone in need. I don’t even know what denomination the church is, just that they advertise to the whole metro area. I’ve seen people lining up, in the rain, just to wait in line to get items they need. Every child should know what it is like to pull the tags off of a brand new outfit. One that hasn’t been worn by someone else already. Something that is just for them…not used or handed down.

Kari Horner - October 26, 2017 - 8:47 am

I would like to nominate someone who gives for her kids and everyone else. She adopted a son, and later his sibling sister, so they could be together. Her husband and her divorced shortly after. She is a single mom, doesn’t get an ounce of help or support and her little girl (who is now 2) would absolutely love and deserve this collection!

Bree - October 26, 2017 - 8:35 am

We love having a special Christmas Eve Eve cookie decorating at our home. We invite all our nieces and nephews over. My husband and I started this tradition before we had kids and it’s continued on. We now have 10 nieces and nephews and two of our own and we love having them over to decorate cookies for Santa. We always make hot chocolate and watch The Polar Express.

Arinne - October 26, 2017 - 8:35 am

I’m a single mom to 2 little girls. Money is super tight all year around but esp in the fall/winter. Lately I’ve had some health issues that even doctors aren’t sure what’s up so I can’t always help people financially but I always try to help with whatever I can. I’d love to give back to some of my friends and family that have helped me tremendously the last 2 years.

Aly Kotal - October 26, 2017 - 8:26 am

Our local Moms group likes to get together & make bags for the homeless around town. We all pitch in & buy socks, toothbrushes/toothpaste, granola bars, chapstick, water, hand sanitizer, etc & meet at a local park & have our kids assemble the bags. Then any time we are driving around & see a homeless person we hand out the bags. It truly makes our children light up to know they are helping someone & we believe that it helps them to be more aware of how fortunate they are. Teaching our children the true meaning of what is important vs just having more & more “stuff” is very special to us. We like to show our daughters how donating even small amounts can make all the difference for someone else. ❤️

Christie - October 26, 2017 - 8:23 am

With the devastation of hurricane Harvey happening still in our little town, I would love to spread some Christmas magic to some ladies around here. I’ve always taught my kids to be giving but they got a new meaning of it during this time. I’m so proud of my oldest in wanting to step up and give away his things to help others. We would love the opportunity to do it again. I know so many families who had little ladies that LOVED MJ and they lost everything. There’s no rebuilding for a lot of them. It’s just take your losses and donations and move on. I feel it’s important for them to have a sense of normalcy during this holiday season ❤️❤️

Melinda smith - October 26, 2017 - 8:22 am

We like to adopt a family for Christmas we are so blessed all of us living in the US we don’t realize how lucky we are we are blessed to have the opportunity to get Christmas presents I try to remember to be on the lookout for the families that are having difficulties that may even be around us. We also like to do the operation Christmas child boxes . This year we may even adopt a senior it’s a great new program in our area the matches of people with seniors in nursing homes that may not have family and may not getting presents this Christmas .

Katie Robberson - October 26, 2017 - 8:21 am

I teach at the local university and a few years ago I had a young mother in class that I could tell was struggling. I invited her to my office one day, and we began discussing the struggles of single parents in college housing. That year she found 10 other single parents that needed help. They crafted wish lists (one including only a trashcan and diapers.) I work each year with other faculty and campus groups to meet the wishes of these single parents. Last year we had a list of 20, and it always amazes me to see everyone rally around these student parents. It has become my favorite tradition, and now my children are old enough to help which adds an additional layer of joy. Thank you for the opportunity to submit!

Ashley - October 26, 2017 - 8:13 am

Last year my family bought a few toys to donate to our local women’s abuse shelter for Christmas. They were so appreciative and our kids were able to see how they were able to bring cheer and happiness to others! They are already asking about it this year! It’ll definitely be a yearly tradition for our family!

Melody Cason - October 26, 2017 - 8:10 am

We like to do nice things, together. We love to put together Operation Christmas Child boxes, that’s one of our favorites!

Christa Hedlund - October 26, 2017 - 8:07 am

We love random acts of giving kindness in our family along with picking an angel from the giving tree at our church for each family member to give to a child in need. We also love inviting those who are by themself during the holidays over to celebrate in our very large family dinner so no one feels lonely during the most wonderful time of the year!

Amanda Hudson - October 26, 2017 - 8:03 am

I LOVE making Christmas candy with my friends and then handing them out in little tins. It’s a tradition we’ve done for years. I also really enjoy wrapping presents up and finding that extra ornament or special bow to really set it off. We do an advent calendar with my daughter that is quickly becoming a highlight!

Jessica - October 26, 2017 - 8:02 am

My daughter loves to bake!! So we like to bake and decorate Christmas cookies and deliver them to neighbors, friends and family. We also like to collect blankets, socks and any other necessities to donate to the homeless. We make Christmas cards to give to them as well. It’s just doing little things as a reminder of what Christmas is all about. Giving and spreading love to others.

Lauren Lastoria - October 26, 2017 - 8:00 am

Christmas is my favorite time of year because it IS the season of giving! Now that I have my own baby girl (now 16 months ?) it makes starting Christmas traditions of giving that much more important to me. In the past some of my favorite things are to make Christmas cookies for co-workers and friends, pay for someone’s food or drink in the drive thru line behind me and also making sure to give to those in need and asking for help. I am a Middle School School Counselor and three years ago I began an Angel Tree at my school. Since that time I have been able to get around 100 sponsors combined to help give Christmas gifts to our students whose families are really struggling and may not have been able to have anything at all extra for the holidays. It’s one of my favorite ways of giving back! I love reading all of these posts and it’s really inspiring me and getting me pumped for Christmas! God Bless you all and I pray everyone has the best Christmas yet!!!

Emily O - October 26, 2017 - 7:51 am

We have loved MJ for the last 6 years and to see the joy you guys continue to spread every year is wonderful! My kids and I love to spread that love every year when we pack Operation Christmas Child boxes to send out. The kids love picking out the items for kids that are their age and packing them all up. We also love making cookies to drop on our neighbors doorsteps in December.

Jonathan Hurd - October 26, 2017 - 7:50 am

My wife is a Trunk Keeper and every year she helps multiple organizations for children that will have no Christmas. This would really help her reach even more, there’s a bigger need for tween/teen sized girls. Thank you for doing this ❤️ Truly the heart of Matilda Jane

Michelle Kiel - October 26, 2017 - 7:42 am

The holidays are such a special time. I’m a sucker for keeping the traditions a live and starting new one within our little family. Aside from our family traditions of picking out a fresh tree and decorating the house after Thanksgiving, baking cookies with grandma, family dinners etc… We like to give back. My parents started making dinner at the local Ronald McDonald house which we would help with. I organize the adopt-a-family for our department as well as adopting our own senior. Plus it’s fun to add in the occasional random acts of kindness to the mix.

Marisa Conaway - October 26, 2017 - 7:41 am

We moved to our new town two years ago because of the feeling of “community.” We want our kids to grow up kind, and we try to lead by example. Spreading Christmas spirit may not be a huge donation, or volunteering, for our family, but it is the idea of being a good person as much as possible. Helping neighbors shovel snow, playing with the other kids at the park, and trying to contribute to our local food drive are some ways we attempt to help and spread love.

Tiffany Sewell - October 26, 2017 - 7:36 am

This is such a sweet Share the Love for this time of year! My love language has always been gift giving. Even as a little girl, I loved to make things to give to other people just to see them smile. I’ve started to notice that my sweet 4 year old also has a very giving heart. When we are out and about, she loves to find little things to help others or to bring home to her family to brighten their day. She recently was coming up with ways to help those who were effected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I truly believe, even at the young age of 4, she would give the clothes off her back to help someone. I’m so excited to help her grow that giving heart and see where it takes her. This is our favorite time of year and such a great opportunity to show others how cherished they are and how much value they have. This year we are planning on extra activities all of December to bless others. My husband will be deploying early next year and we really want to make this season extra special with our kids. We can’t think of a better way than sharing love and kindness with others that may need it!

Chels - October 26, 2017 - 7:10 am

As a military family our sense of belonging is quite a bit different than for others. Often, we find ourselves half way across the world from our family and close friends. Fortunately, I was raised this way, so I feel a strong sense of belonging to the military family as a whole, but not many do and it’s difficult!
Just this year, my young daughters and I did 7 months alone and welcomed a new baby alone, while my husband and our friends were thousands of miles away. But I was raised for this, others weren’t.
I love to be able to offer kindness and encouragement to these families which find themselves feeling so far and so alone. Random breakfast at their door, misc. baskets, picking up kids, being that last minute sitter, opening my doors to them 24/7. Many people could not imagine giving up all their close family and friends during a time of need. But some people just do not have a choice. And showing love is showing these strangers, that will soon become family, kindness on levels that you can only see when everything you had has been taken away. Kindness. Randomly. Gratefully. Powerfully.

Sarah - October 26, 2017 - 7:06 am

I have 3 little girls with another on the way so we like to donate gifts to kids in need through our church as well as do random acts of kindness. Buying coffee for the person behind us in line and handing out $20 gift cards at target are some of the ways! Love this season of giving and spreading love❤️

Melissa Gallagher - October 26, 2017 - 7:00 am

Spreading joy and cheer is so fun! I love Christmas and my twins love it too. My daughter and son are both excited to help whenever I ask when it comes to making something for someone, delivering a card and cookies, or passing on their clothes and toys to someone who may benefit from it. We most recently cleaned out toys and gave them to another set of twins. The father works full time with my husband and the mom is a full time mom and student. We knew they could use the help. We didn’t do it to receive praise at all but I have gotten numerous messages from the mom thanking us. I just felt good to help them. We have been fortunate in our lives to be able to give our kids nice things (like MJC) for my daughter, and other things for my little buddy. It’s important to help others and show compassion and giving. I feel it’s a very important thing to teach children and I hope I am instilling this in them. We should be grateful for our lives and everything in them!

Amy Balsbaugh - October 26, 2017 - 6:06 am

I am an elementary principal of a k-3 school. Every year, we as a school community (students,parents, churches, staff) purchase gifts for families who cannot afford to do so. Parents come pick up the gifts before the holidays and are able to share gifts with their children under the tree. As part of the experience we also do a food and clothing drive so that families can shop from gently used clothing for their children as they pick up gifts. I can only imagine how amazing it would be for there to be some Matilda Jane pieces as part of that process.

Katie - October 26, 2017 - 5:33 am

We spread the love by donating to the local food pantry and angel tree. We also spend a day making tins of cinnamon buns and we then deliver them to our neighbors and friend ready to be baked or put in the freezer for Christmas morning. It’s a tradition in our family to get covered in flour making them and then walking around delivering them.

Amanda Morris - October 26, 2017 - 5:00 am

My 3 girls and I always bake for the holidays and we wrap the items up and take to local nursing homes for their residents and to hospitals for the nurses on duty. It’s not much but it brightens their day and it give me time with my girls 🙂

Holly - October 26, 2017 - 4:12 am

Random acts of kindness are my favorite way to spread the love: leaving money at a rest stop vending machine, paying for the car behind me in line, praying with the kids for the less fortunate, paying off a random layaway for someone, are some ways. I’d like to teach my children that kindness is a way of life, and hope that it becomes natural for them in their everyday day to day.

Asia - October 26, 2017 - 3:16 am

Operation Christmas, food bank, and delivering baked goods to friends! My kids love doing nice things…especially for other kids.

Melissa - October 26, 2017 - 2:41 am

Spreading the love is what the holidays are all about here. We spend every Thanksgiving afternoon serving dinner at our church to anyone who stops by for a hot meal. The kids love being in charge of bringing dessert platters around for people to choose from! We also take a few names off the giving tree dedicated to the patients in our local mental hospital, their needs are so simple and often every day items that we take for granted, like socks and batteries. We stock them up and throw in some unexpected treats. Each child also gets to pick a child off the giving tree and shop for them, usually A child their age. As a family, we put together a full meal and lots of extra grocery items for a local family in need. We clean out our outgrown coats and hats and take them the warming shelters where they are needed. This year I’m starting a new tradition of making Christmas cards with the kids to mail out to hospitals and nursing homes, spread some extra love to those who might be lonely. We don’t always have the means to donate like we would want but we always have the time to pitch in where needed. We’ve been blessed in so many ways and we like to make ourselves a blessing in someone else’s life as well.

Cortney Gittins - October 26, 2017 - 1:58 am

Thinking of others before ourselves- and centering our holiday on the most selfless person to walk the earth our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Kristy - October 26, 2017 - 1:38 am

We have been blessed with two beautiful children, first a daughter then a son. We were fortunate enough to be given lots of clothes handed down for both kids. This generosity has encouraged our family to keep paying it forward. We taught our oldest, and will teach the baby, to go through our toys and clothes and bring them to the local soup kitchen and donation centers for the holidays. We would even like to visit any veterans at the local VA and the elderly at the local skilled nursing and long term living homes to spread around our love!

Morgan To - October 26, 2017 - 1:10 am

We love MJC! Amazing clothing and so soft and comfortable! Thank you for being such a kind and giving company! My daughter and i love to give toys to less fortunate children and we send boxes with Operation Christmas child ❤️

Emily crum - October 26, 2017 - 12:49 am

As I have just joined a small business for women group in our small town I would absolutely love to share the love with our Christmas family that has been adopted for this year with some beautiful pieces of MJ for not just the children but also mom!! This family is chosen by the social worker within the school system that reaches out to the teachers of children who might be in need and going through hard times this holiday season! Oh the look on the child(ren) face when they see how gorgeous each piece is!!! As a first season trunk keeper seeing these like this makes my heart warmer and loves this company that much more!!!

Heather Rochelle Martin - October 26, 2017 - 12:45 am

Christmas is always a special time in our home, filled with family, friends, and love.
Our story starts 11 years ago…
We were Given the most precious gift of all, a baby, but not just one, but two Christmas babies!
Alysse and Trevor have always love the spirit of Christmas and with that comes the gift of giving. They realized at six years old they were in fact blessed, and that left them wanting to give back.
That following year and every year thereafter on December 15 they spread a little Christmas cheer. We load up on all the Christmas clearance yard blow-ups we can, in preparation for their next years adventures, the bigger the better!
We load a thermos of hot cocoa, and cookies for the long night ahead and we sing Christmas carols, and head out to pass their joy onto others. They are as quite as mice as they rush to spread Christmas cheer and magic using the elf motto “get in, get out, and never be seen!”
So if you find a random Christmas friend hanging out in your front yard, or one waving to you as you pass by, you never know it might just be courtesy of our two little Christmas elves.

Alissa - October 26, 2017 - 12:43 am

Our little family was formed by and blessed by adoption last November. This year, our sweet girl turns 1! We love to give back to other families who are in the midst of the adoption process as often as we are able! We know all too well the feelings of “next Christmas we may have a child to celebrate with” and we make it a point to encourage those going through infertility, as well. ❤️❤️❤️

Malory - October 26, 2017 - 12:28 am

We have “kindness elves” who give the kids different tasks to do each day during December.

Elaine I - October 26, 2017 - 12:09 am

I like to do Spread the Love during this time, by doing a little PIF. I know we are all very busy, maybe even more so during the holidays. So, it seems to always happen at McDonalds, lol. But just paying for the person behind me. They don’t need to know who it is, it’s happened to me a handful of times (yes at mcd), but it always put a smile on my face so I know they have to feel the same way.

Amber - October 26, 2017 - 12:07 am

My family always participates in The Angel Tree in our local town. We chose two boys and two girls to buy Christmas gifts for off the angel tree. We also donate items to our church that provides families with thanksgiving dinners.

Cheri - October 26, 2017 - 12:03 am

What an amazing way to spread the love!

As a family, we always get special gifts for kids in need, both through Toys for Tots and through a gift drive for underprivileged children at our school. And of course we add a little something to the mitten tree at our church.

This year I’m planning to do some special Christmas baking early in the season with my children and have them do surprise mystery deliveries to friends and neighbors. It is especially meaningful to give to those who are in need, but it is also so fun to bring joy to the ones we know and love personally. Spread the Love!!!

Andi - October 26, 2017 - 12:02 am

Every year we fill out advant calendar with good deeds to do around the house and around our town. We really try to teach our kids that Xmas isn’t about what you get or how much you get. Its about being with family and giving to those who need it the most. Before Santa can come to our house we fill a bag of toys that we want Santa to give to the children who would love our toys as much as we did. So the first night our elf comes to our house he takes the bag to Santa for us. The kids love it and it makes them feel good about what they are doing and it keeps the believing in Santa and meaning of Xmas a lot more magic!!✨??☃️?

Karin G - October 26, 2017 - 12:00 am

We love the Holidays and love being able to help spread some love for those who need it most! We have 6 kiddos (5 girls-who all love MJ as much as me) and try to teach them to think of others first! We have a giving Tree at Church and try our best to pick kiddos the same ages as ours and they each go with us to pick out Christmas gifts they would love to receive and give them to those children instead. In addition, last year my SIL husband (BIL) who was in his forties suffered a major stroke weeks before Christmas and we had already chosen him for secret Santa. His stroke left him wheelchair bound, unable to speak and no use of the left side of his body so we decided the best gift, besides prayers, was an iPad with apps geared towards activiating the brain to be able to communicate. Today he is home and off feeding tubes and accessing the iPad:)!!! We look forward to helping those in need each year and pray it doesn’t hit too close to home again.

Katie L - October 25, 2017 - 11:55 pm

I love to spread the cheer to my 5th grade students and help them make special ornaments to give to their families. I teach them about filigree and paper rolling as an art form in early America and we then make ornament snowflakes out of little rolls of paper. I love seeing what they come up with! For my own children, we spread cheer by adopting a Christmas Angel and getting the items on the list that the child has asked for.

Allison Miller - October 25, 2017 - 11:47 pm

What an amazing thing! I would love to be able to share it with my two best friends who lost their homes in Hurricane Harvey. They both have daughters and could use the help for Christmas gifts as all the extra money is going to home repairs and essentials.:(

Rubi Litteral - October 25, 2017 - 11:42 pm

I really believe it takes intention to teach kindness and charity to children during their formative years. We love to celebrate the whole Advent season with special activities. One of my daughters’ favorite thing to do is make bake treats with Grammy to take to the nursing home workers who tirelessly care for our Nana (great grandmother) in ways that we can’t. Nana and her friends love seeing the girls dressed up in their pretty dresses and bows!

Natalie Mitchell - October 25, 2017 - 11:41 pm

We like to spread holiday cheer by giving to the Salvation Army and choosing two children from the Angel tree to buy gifts for them.

Bay Newsom - October 25, 2017 - 11:40 pm

We love to bring presents to the boys & girls haven. We also visit the nursing homes & bring Christmas cards to them ?

Amie Hanley - October 25, 2017 - 11:36 pm

I like to spread love during the holiday season by having children who are in the ER color stockings, so we can put them up on the walls in the ER to decorate. I also like to have my kids pick a few of their toys to give to someone else. I love Christmas and I love Matilda Jane!

Maggie - October 25, 2017 - 11:30 pm

Last year I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and honestly in survival mode. We decided to adopt a little boy who had lost his parents to the Ebola epidemic since I had little energy to do much else. The year before though we did a Random Acts of Kindness advent- things ranging from visiting the nursing home to taping quarters on drink machines. We took doughnuts to policeman and made ornaments and stuck them in our neighbor’s mailboxes. It was so much fun and honestly the highlight of that holiday season for me! Christmas is about love- the love of a heavenly Father who was willing to send His son for us despite all our messiness. It was so neat to love on others with no expectations of receiving anything in return. Hoping to do this again this year and excited that my oldest MJ twirler will be able to participate and understand this year!

Deanna Gazda - October 25, 2017 - 11:26 pm

We adopt a family through our Church and buy gifts for them. We also donate toys (dolls and trucks) that are given to local head start children. My kids love to spread their love by waving, saying hello to random people and chatting with anyone. My kids are young (3.5 yo twins and a 1.5 yo). They love to participate in church during the collection. They are a little young to truely understand what they are doing and see but we try to model a giving spirit.

Casey Mclaughlin - October 25, 2017 - 11:12 pm

We love to bake treats for all our neighbors, mailman, and teachers, and hand deliver them with a handmade card. 🙂

Amanda Morgan - October 25, 2017 - 11:10 pm

In December we spend time clearly the playroom, our closets and book shelves organizing and loading toys, clothes and books in the car to give to those who need a little extra help! We are lucky enough to have nice things and believe others can benefit from our things as well!
We talk about words like “sharing”, “giving”, “compassion”. We don’t really hesitate to start a pay it forward during the holidays or do random acts of kindness. Sometimes it’s the small things that make someone’s holiday bright! A smile and a “happy holidays” can make someone’s day. Telling her dance teacher or a friends mom or Dad who much they mean to her. We teach our daughter that to love the smallest gift or gesture means more than one can imagine! 🙂

Rebecca - October 25, 2017 - 11:05 pm

I am a Troop Leader for Girl Scouts and my 4th & 5th grade girls (Juniors) this year want to give gifts to foster children. I can’t even tell you how excited we would all be to be able to gift foster children some of these lovely and unique clothes! Every little girl deserves something special and my girls would love to be part of sharing MJ with them!

Melora Burchell - October 25, 2017 - 10:54 pm

Another one of the many reasons I love this company… you have shown, once again, that this is so much more than just clothes!!!
Our family has a few different outreaches that we love to be a part of at Christmas time and throughout the year. One being children in our church family…. many of those children come by way of our church bus and do not have much at all. We “adopt” these children throughout the year and completely at Christmas, we provide many of their basic needs (clothes, hygiene products, under garments, just really any basic need a child would have), and at Christmas we give them a Christmas that they most likely would not have otherwise. We also invite them to do Christmas (and other holiday/special) activities with us like bake cookies, have dinner, etc at our house. We love including them and probably receive a bigger blessing from it then they do! We also try to invite/provide meals during special holidays for anyone who does not have anywhere to go/or someone to spend it with! God has blessed me with an amazing family…. our hearts burst with happiness when we are able to help others who may not feel the same love we have been allowed to feel. Thank you MJ for being a “company” (it feels like so much more than that sometimes) that gives back and is a wonderful example of what providing happiness is!

Margaret - October 25, 2017 - 10:54 pm

I love spreading the cheer within my own neighborhood by doing random acts of kindness, sometimes anonymously. My kids and I like to shovel snow for neighbors and then build them a snowman to welcome them home. ⛄️

Amanda - October 25, 2017 - 10:47 pm

It’s better to give than to receive. May sound a little cheesy but I truly have been raised on that principle and I am doing my best to raise my own children with that same mentality. Whether we are buying for angel tree children, buying socks for seniors, ringing the bell for The Salvation Army, or collecting can goods for local food banks, the Holidays are a great time to give back to our communities. Teaching our children that treating others the way you want to be treated and that giving is better than receiving will make our world a better place. I feel so blessed to live in a community that still values those things. Thank you Matilda Jane for valuing that as well, Happy Holidays! ❤️

Kristen Tucker - October 25, 2017 - 10:46 pm

Every year around For Christmas I bake so many tasty treats for everyone near and dear to me. It’s my passion to be in the kitchen and fills me with joy giving to people. I also pick a child off the angel tree at my local Walmart to shop for. It breaks my heart that so many go without during the holiday season. I only wish I could do more.

Natalie Wilson - October 25, 2017 - 10:45 pm

We love to spread love and see joy in others eyes throughout the year, but especially during the holidays! One of my favorite things we do with my kids is, Santa sends a giant empty box to our house the first of November. We clear out the kids closest, all their gently used clothes, jackets, shoes, booksbags, and pack it full of toys galore! My heart just overflows to watch my kids get so excited going through everything they have to make another child’s Christmas special. My little girl usually says several times “we are going to make some little girl SO happy!” While jumping and giggling. To see them give away some of their favorite toys and treasures so that someone who has less, can have more, is pure joy. We pray for the children who will receive the items, for their safety, for a warm meal, for positive influences who will pour into them and raise them up to know the Lord, and to feel loved. And on Christmas Day, we huddle up on the couch and think about the smiles, laughter and excitement of those children. For when you are giving, now that’s some good living!

Mona - October 25, 2017 - 10:45 pm

So amazing how you guys take the time to do these sweet surprises for your customers…for quite a few years now, we shop and pack operation Christmas child boxes, getting the whole family involved in the process, whether they are 2 yrs old or 13! This year our oldest is excited she’s old enough to be able to go volunteer at the nearest processing center! We also like to leave surprises for the hard workers who deliver the packages that we receive.

Angie - October 25, 2017 - 10:33 pm

We are blessed as a family to have health and happiness. Every year we teach our kids that other families may not be so blessed for Christmas season. We adopt a family through our church every year and buy a needing, deserving family Christmas joy. I let my kids pick out gifts that they think a child would enjoy. We hand make them a Christmas card and deliver the gifts.

Mara Neville - October 25, 2017 - 10:31 pm

We love filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child; you can track the boxes and find out what country they were delivered to, just like the Santa tracker ;).

Stephanie VanGundy - October 25, 2017 - 10:28 pm

The holiday season should be a special time for every family. Our family partakes in adopting parents and or single parents that the greatest gift for them is to provide gifts and a warm meal to their children/family during the holiday season. I feel it is important for my children to help our community, so we volunteer at our local shelter providing food, serving food through-out the year. We also provide non-perishable items to our local schools, so they can make it into those children’s book bags that go without food in the evenings. During the colder months we provide coats, hats and gloves to the schools to hand out to those children in need. I believe that if you show our younger generation that there are those that care enough about them, it will change their path in life for the good. This year we’re thinking of providing stuff animals to our County/City courts for those children that have experienced horrible unspeakable events on their lives and have to testify. We love our community and support each other. We cannot give up on each other.

Tabitha - October 25, 2017 - 10:28 pm

Caroling and handing out cards at the nursing home with my children.

Ashley Brown - October 25, 2017 - 10:27 pm

Wow, what an incredibly generous gift! We are huge MJ fans, although relatively new to the party :). We try to teach our girls the spirit of giving all year round. This year, with Harvey in Katy, TX, we had some incredible lifelong-impacting opportunities to teach and demonstrate the importance of doing for others, helping our neighbors in every way we could (boats, more meals than I can count, military support, gutting homes, cleaning, housing other families, truckloads of donations, etc). The little ones even held a lemonade stand at our local HEB to raise money for their elementary classmates that had lost everything. In the past at Christmas, we have always done things like sponsor a child and take treats to police/fire stations. But this year we will be working with our elementary school to sponsor gifts and household needs for families in our area who have lost everything. Even my 4 year old now understands how easily that could have been us, and (thankfully) she is not scared, but has developed incredible empathy. If we were to win this amazing collection, we would have to keep 1 outfit :), but the rest we would donate to the Katy Elementary girls that were impacted by Harvey (our PTO coordinates donations with the families). Okay, sorry, way longer post than I intended! Thank you!

Amy - October 25, 2017 - 10:26 pm

Our favorite way to spread the cheer is to give to others. Each year we choose to buy gifts for children who have fathers in prison, help out a needy family in our area, organize a toy drive for a local Children’s hospital or organize a donation drive for a charity or animal shelter. We have been so blessed and Christmas is a wonderful reminder to give to others as we celebrate the most precious gift that was given to us ?

Brianne Whitford - October 25, 2017 - 10:23 pm

We love so many things about the holidays!! But some of our favorites would be baking treats for our neighbors, packing a shoebox for Operation Shoebox, and picking out gifts for our giving tree at church!

Heather Stengel - October 25, 2017 - 10:21 pm

We like to make allergen friendly goodies for friends & family and donate food to a local organization called Food for Thought. Now that my daughter is 3 and enjoys shopping and coloring, we are participating in Operation Christmas Child & Holiday Mail for Heroes. I also try to keep gifts for my girl to “something to read, something to wear, something to play, and something to share” so she can grasp the bigger picture of the season! The best way to spread cheer is giving our time: more snow angels in the snow, more cuddling in forts and reading books, more hot cocoa, more laundry fights-like a food fight but with clean socks!

Heather Monfre - October 25, 2017 - 10:21 pm

Being a former foster child and knowing the difference positive influences can make in the life of at risk youth as a former youth worker and manager in residential treatment programs I focus my attention on the local at risk youth in my community. I organize friends to make no-sew blankets to donate to local women’s crises shelters so that children coming in during the holiday season will have a warm, safe blanket to call their own even if they had to flee with nothing else. For some kids, it may be the only new item they receive during the holiday season. Also, last year I got involved with making shoe boxes of necessary crises items for the local DFS offices to have on hand for children who had been pulled from their family but were waiting for placement with a foster family. Often these kids sit for hours in their social workers office after being taken from school or home with nothing more than the clothes on their back while a placement is found. We filled boxes with items to entertain, comfort and feed them during this time and give them a few personal items as they transition to their new foster home. I’m hoping to help expand this program this year and get more people involved!!!

Stephanie - October 25, 2017 - 10:21 pm

This is amazing! We adopt a family and each if my kids chooses a child from the center tree (a child in need), and they love that shopping this. We also bring homemade candies and treats to our neighbors around the block, even the mean old couple on the corner… I think we’re breaking down their grump little by little 😉 Happy Holidays ladies!

Lara - October 25, 2017 - 10:12 pm

Our family traditions changed a little last year due to the sudden and unexpected passing of my Papa. This man held our family together through many difficult times. Last year was our first Christmas without him. My Mimi has had the most difficult time after spending 50 years with him. After getting with my sisters and other family members, we decided to only buy for the kids and shower my Mimi with gifts instead of buying for each adult. Everything that she got was in memory of him. We plan to do the same for her this year as well. Not only has this kept him alive in us, my Mimi feels so special. On a more happy note, my daughter was the light of his world. He loved to see her dress up in MJ and LBB headbands. I still did it last year for Christmas just because I know he loved to see her in these little outfits. We would love to have the privilege of owning the entire November collection. I look forward to seeing what’s being released! This is such a generous thing! God bless!

Brandi - October 25, 2017 - 10:12 pm

My family does a lot of things during the holidays to help spread just a tad bit of cheer! We enjoy paying off random layaways, having each one of the kiddos pick an angel on the tree, helping families less fortunate, and several other things. We like to teach our kids about giving vs receiving…so we try to do a lot of giving.

Jessica - October 25, 2017 - 10:12 pm

I am working on spreading the cheer all year round. The holidays are really a special season and great for spreading the spirit but I truly love the idea of the small things all year round. The pet shelter is almost always in need so we have dropped off supplies. Helping friends with housework, a letter to a friend in bootcamp even helping someone get a grocery cart returned can mean more than a gift. The holiday season helps make spreading the cheer even more festive!!

Pam Lee - October 25, 2017 - 10:10 pm

I love to adopt a “Senior” at our local Home Instead Senior Care Center. They take wishlists of elderly clients and you adopt one. It is usually the simplest of things like a checkers set, robe, slippers, but it means so much to them. Many have health issues, no family, and are on a limited income. I love to bless them during the holidays. Giving brings a joy and happiness that can not be bought.

Sunshine Bourque - October 25, 2017 - 10:10 pm

MJ is so generous! The entire collection?! Wow! I spread love during the holidays by baking. Days and days of love infused yummy goodies that I Box up, bag up, or package and give to anyone I find who needs a little holiday happy. It’s such a pleasure to see someone’s face light up with joy that you’ve helped them find! Thank you for always spreading joy!

Katie - October 25, 2017 - 10:06 pm

My sister (age 37) was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of this year. She has two young children and one of her passions is clothes, and dressing her children beautifully! She has undergone a double mastectomy, several months of intense chemo therapy and is currently half way through her radiation treatments. In August, she lost her beloved dog of 14 years! It has been such a difficult year! Through everything my sister has remained so positive and always seems to have a smile on her face. She is the most giving person I know and is ALWAYS thinking of others. I would LOVE to see her win this “Spread the Love” giveaway, as she is the greatest example to me of spreading love to all who surround her. There is good in the world. God Bless!

Leslie Weil - October 25, 2017 - 10:02 pm

Christmas cookies for all!! Christmas cookies for the lovely mail lady, Christmas cookies for the trash crew, Christmas cookies for the fireman, Christmas cookies the police office, Christmas cookies for ALL.

Elizabeth rodela - October 25, 2017 - 10:00 pm

Eeek!! MJ you are the BEST!! I started buying MJ about a yr and a 1/2 ago for my daughter and she refuses to wear much else. Each year for the holidays, my family (7 of us) clean out closets, toy chests, drawers, etc… to donate to those in need. I personally also do the pay it forward once a week during the holiday season, such as buying someone’s coffee, gas, dinner, anonymously gifting gift cards, etc… It is the time of giving! However, the giving time is year round! It doesn’t take much to brighten one’s day.

Nikki mckinney - October 25, 2017 - 9:56 pm

My family likes to do the operation child shoeboxes. We do a girl and a boy and I let my girls pick all the sweet precious things to put in them and they love it, and every year they go through their toys and give away what they dont want or play with anymore so kids who dont get toys or something can! I love seeing my girls think and care so much about other people.

Ann-Marie - October 25, 2017 - 9:50 pm

I love this! Giving back is so important to me. My son is asking all his friends and family to not give him presents for his bday this November, but donate to St. Jude. We also adopt a few children, this year our goal is 5! I also help out at our local homeless shelter and a few other places. ? I love seeing a company give back.

DanaRose kosinski - October 25, 2017 - 9:44 pm

We make sure to always tell our girls that not everyone has a roof over their head, food in their bellies or clothes to keep them warm. We try to help out in different ways throughout the years but around the holidays have donated hats, coats, mittens and scarfs. We let the girls Shop for canned goods and toys to donate to families in need. Thank you MJ for being such an amazing company and making girls and women feel and look great!

Tamra McKlveem - October 25, 2017 - 9:39 pm

Two simple words…”MERRY CHRISTMAS!” I get warm fuzzies just typing this! I enjoy saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone, especially strangers, to spread holiday cheer! Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Shelane - October 25, 2017 - 9:35 pm

Each year we give back by participating in Operation Christmas Child! Our girls are now old enough to even help pick out items for the children we purchase for. ❤️❤️ I love Matilda Jane because you give back ALL year long! What an amazing company!

Deidre Davis - October 25, 2017 - 9:35 pm

We like to do Operation Christmas Child boxes and my kids love giving to the Salvation Army bell ringers and their red kettles. When I was teaching full time, I bought clothes and toys for my students who had lots of needs and wouldn’t have gotten much or anything otherwise. I’m looking forward to finding more new ways to serve at our new church home!
We also sponsor a little girl in Uganda and will be sending her a Christmas gift amount. It’s always so sweet to see her letter about her presents!

Kris - October 25, 2017 - 9:34 pm

We absolutely love Matilda Jane! Every piece of clothing we have we consider it as a treasure ❤️ We love what your company stands for! Around the holidays our grade school does a toy drive for local children who are less fortunate. Both of my kids enjoy picking out a gift to donate at school. We also pick an angel from the tree at our local WalMart. And we try to donate any of our used coats to those in need! What an awesome thing that Matilda Jane does by Giving Back! We would love the chance to win some pieces from the November release ?

Caitlin Olsen - October 25, 2017 - 9:32 pm

This year is the 1st anniversary of my sisters death and as a family we have decided to give back in her name. She was always such a giving person and wanted her young boys to see how important charity was – we plan to sponsee a family for the thanksgiving holiday and purchase winter gear for those in need.

Jenn Tingwald - October 25, 2017 - 9:29 pm

Over the holidays, my six-year-old daughter and I enjoy making and sending holiday cards to deployed men and women serving in the armed forces. It seems like such a small token of gratitude for men and women who are doing so much for our country, but we feel sending a personal note from the heart can spread even a small amount of cheer to armed service members away from their families for the holidays!

Laura John - October 25, 2017 - 9:27 pm

I love to spread the love by being available to help busy families in a last minute jam. Juggling work,dance, church, soccer, groceries and date nights get overwhelming for a lot of us. I like to be able to confidently say “ I’d love to do this for you”. I never expect anything in return, I get the best return when my offer is happily accepted. I don’t have a lot of disposable income, but I have a big heart, and a little more time than some, so physically helping someone in a bind is my way to spread my love.

Sara Aguerro - October 25, 2017 - 9:24 pm

My husband grew up in poverty with next to nothing. So the holidays for us is all about helping children from our community who are in need. We donate to the food banks, toy drives, coat drives and try to help out however we can by volunteering. It’s important for us to make sure our children know that not every child has everything that they do and we should always try to help others.

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Stephanie Sen - October 25, 2017 - 9:21 pm

Teaching my littles that Christmas isn’t just about receiving is my main goal. We donate diapers and pajamas to families in need. My favorite is to “adopt a child” in foster care for Christmas. It’s a wonderful holiday and opportunity to spread the joy!

Jenn Otterman - October 25, 2017 - 9:19 pm

During the holiday season I like to adopt a child. I know someone who works at an orphanage in Haiti and I have adopted a child from there for Christmas prior years. Last year I gave a bag of new toys to a little girl whose mother was getting her nothing and was in rehab. I knew her family and was able to get pictures of her happily playing. I’m not sure who I will take on this year but hopefully someone who needs the help.

Carolee Vonderhaar - October 25, 2017 - 9:18 pm

I love the this season so much! Our little family usually adopts a family either through our church or school. I think it’s a great way to remind my kids how blessed we are. It also teaches them to learn the joy in giving to other people. They always really enjoy picking specific things out for children their ages.

Ashley - October 25, 2017 - 9:17 pm

Every year my girls and I donate food and toys for kids. Love helping out others when we’re able.

Olympia Ireland - October 25, 2017 - 9:17 pm

I love teaching my kids to give to those less fortunate all year but especially during the holidays. We enjoy buying gifts for kids off of giving trees, so that we can give those in need a happy Christmas season too! My kids love picking out the kids from the tree and then picking it the gifts!

Karen Ray - October 25, 2017 - 9:17 pm

We spread the cheer by making cookies for our neighbors, our neighborhood is mostly senior citizens and it’s really special to bring them cookies and hear a story or two ❤️
Every week we spread love in little ways—on trash day we bring in their garbage cans and help with little tasks, it helps my girl learn that little things matter.

Amanda Hough - October 25, 2017 - 9:13 pm

My family gives back by donating clothes, food and necessities (toothbrushes, deodorant). Things we take for granted. And my children’s youth group visits nursing homes and sings Christmas carols and gives care packages ❤️

Alisha - October 25, 2017 - 9:11 pm

Such an awesome company! I was just reading another post all about how the company started and what an amazing person Denise was. I found MJC late 2015 and have been in love ever since ❤ I’ve met some of the sweetest ladies ever that have the biggest hearts and their sweet gestures have prompted me to follow suit.

Candice Vesser - October 25, 2017 - 9:08 pm

We like to Spread the Love starting in October by donating food for our local food harvest bank. Then we pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in November. In December we always pick at least 1 child from our local Angel Tree and purchase what is needed for that child, as well as doing the secret Santa for a child at my daughters school. We love to spread the love by helping others!

Lauren - October 25, 2017 - 9:08 pm

I am an elementary school teacher- every year our school has an “angel tree” in the lobby. The tree is filled with anonymous tags that list children’s Christmas wishes. Our school has a very high poverty population and these tags on the tree are for the students at our school. Every year I take as many as I can and purchase the items. Many of the tags have clothing items on them because it is such an essential need for them. This hits home for me because growing up my mom received help to provide my siblings and me with presents on Christmas morning. I know what it’s like to see a parent struggle to make ends meet. I hope that by doing this I can make their Christmases merry and bright! Every child deserves to feel like that on Christmas!

Hannah - October 25, 2017 - 9:07 pm

We spread the holiday cheer by reaching out to the elderly on our street–they love when children come to chat! We also donate food/gifts/money/time to local charities in our community to help others in need.

Mallory - October 25, 2017 - 8:58 pm

Matilda Jane is so special to our family it truly makes my life girl feel special, she is currently in Kindergarten and has worn the dragonfly satine dress for preschool and kinder pictures and says she is wearing it every year. During the holidays (and all year long as we see a need) we chose to help the less fortunate in Small and simple ways. Care packages at Christmas for those we know would do without or simple acts for example a lady pushing a stroller with a little boy with no shoes we run to the nearest store and grab some shoes for him. Teacher your children the gift of love and kindness will help make this world a great place to live.

Summer - October 25, 2017 - 8:58 pm

We volunteer with homeless familes program that I local to us called Family Promise. It is one that is close to my heart since after losing my husband we had lost everything and if it weren’t for this Program/shelter and our church me and my at the time newborn daughter would have been on the streets. We get to love on the moms, children, and father’s if they are there. We get to show them the lib of Jesus. I get to share my story with them of how my daughter and I had been through the program and then seeing where we are now it gives them hope that they too can make it and succeed. We don’t just volunteer for the holidays but all year around, but this time of year being homeless is at its hardest. So knowing they are not alone and that people to care about and love them and that Jesus loves them makes their holidays a little brighter.

Athena - October 25, 2017 - 8:58 pm

We are so excited for the holidays. To spread the love we sponsor a family for Christmas, each of us fill a shoebox with needs and toys for Operation Christmas Child. And, we love taking a whole day to make 9 different kinds of candy and filling tins with it to gI’ve to friends, family, and neighbors. 🙂

Dawn - October 25, 2017 - 8:57 pm

Our family loves to sponsor several children through Operation Good Cheer. We have fostered children ourselves so they know first hand that some children come with only the clothes on their back. It is such a rewarding experience to teach our children the importance of spreading joy to those who have so little and have been in situations no child should have to endure.

Kimberly lewis - October 25, 2017 - 8:50 pm

My mom and I love to bake. We try new cookie recipes every year. I love to packaging them up and hand them out to neighbors and even my mailman last year. I also love teaching my children the importance of giving to those less fortunate. We do the operation Christmas child and pack up boxes for them for Christmas. We give where we can even though we aren’t very wealthy and it gives me joy to do so.

Heather Schoen - October 25, 2017 - 8:50 pm

We love to spread Christmas cheer by baking cookies to take to our neighbors!

Ashley Smith - October 25, 2017 - 8:50 pm

Every winter and spring myself and a wonderful group of ladies organizes a helping the homeless event. We collect varying donations and purchase food, drinks and snacks. Once we’ve collected all the donations, bought and organized all the items we need we head out with our older children and hand out the items to our city’s homeless. You never truly understand how difficult it is for some people until you are out there and hear/see how grateful these men and women are for the things we are passing out. Simple things like a tooth brush and toothpaste, a hot meal all the things we take for granted. It is truly the most amazing thing, and I can’t wait to go out again this winter. Thank you MJC for all you do ?

Melissa Holloway - October 25, 2017 - 8:41 pm

Starting in November we start collecting toiletries, gloves, hats and snacks. The first day of winter break we get together with our close friends and put together care packages for the homeless. We visit Dallas frequently and love to pass them out when we see people in need.

Lindsey - October 25, 2017 - 8:38 pm

After our son was born we started a tradition of sponsoring a dog or cat at our local animal shelter. We go every year around the holidays and let our children pick which ever animal they choose and we pay all the adoption fees in hopes that they will find a loving home as soon as possible and free up space for another animal to be taken in and cared for!

Jessica Trax - October 25, 2017 - 8:34 pm

Every year when I was younger my mom would walk me and my brother to the bank to pick a child’s name and age off the tree. For some of these children it was the only gift they would receive. We then got to buy them a gift and they would get it on Christmas. It was one of our favorite things to do. I still do this each year with my daughter, so loves it too:)

Shelby pope - October 25, 2017 - 8:32 pm

We love spreading Christmas cheer by always buying for an angel child. And once my little girl gets old enough being able to tell her how we should give to those that aren’t fortunate enough to have a Christmas morning.

Julie Beckstein - October 25, 2017 - 8:28 pm

We love to do little things like pay for meals and small gifts anonymously. It’s so much fun to see the reactions and people not knowing who was playing Santa at that moment! It’s a small way to spread some Christmas cheer and magic to others.

Angela - October 25, 2017 - 8:26 pm

During the holidays my family always loves to make cookies and deliver them to friends and neighbors. While we never have a lot of money, we always look for ways to serve others without spending a lot of money, especially during this time of the year.

Shannon Aikin - October 25, 2017 - 8:24 pm

Our family of 6 enjoys blessing the elderly around us that don’t have someone to celebrate the holidays with anymore. They are only 7,6,4 and 1 but we have a group of amazing people that we work with that help make cards, little gifts to make life a little easier and personal visits from as many of us as we are able throughout the season. We all try to stay in touch with our senior friends as the year goes but it’s such a special time to share with them the joy our group of friends experiences. The magic of it all is so sweet.

Rachel Sampson - October 25, 2017 - 8:20 pm

MJ is such a generous company! We love to spread cheer at the holidays by packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Patricia Miller - October 25, 2017 - 8:13 pm

As a family we adopt a needy family and donate Christmas gifts and food for them. We always feel that we get much more from it than we give.

Shellee'Turner - October 25, 2017 - 8:05 pm

My father gave money to a homeless man when I was little…around 5. He never said anything about it, just a display of God’s love on how to love your neighbor. I remembered this and told him about it the other day. He was so astonished that I remembered. I have twin 5 yr old girls and I try to teach by example like he did with me. We try to do simple things all the time like opening the door, visiting the neighbor, giving cookies to local police officers and firemen, and treating everyone like they are our friend. During Christmas, I try to do an act of kindness each day and have my girls help. I have so much to teach my girls but I want to make sure that they see me treat others with kindness just like I saw my father do when I was young.

Danielle Nordskog - October 25, 2017 - 8:00 pm

We love MJ’s heart for giving!!! We enjoy spreading cheer around the holidays by singing Christmas Carlos with our church in the neighborhood and helping at the local mission. This year we will also be spending time with family at our cabin in the woods in Minnesota.

Jackie Curtsinger - October 25, 2017 - 7:56 pm

My best friend, Nicole, and her daughter Kaydence are going through some of the darkest times of their lives before this holiday season. Kaydence at 10 not only has severe diabetes but has been in the hospital for about a month with no word of release due to abuse from the hands of her stepfather, which has just come to light. Their world will never be the same, but Praise, God, He restores and brings goodness in the darkest hours. I would love to see them blessed in any way. Mom and daughter both adore Matilda Jane and never had funds to purchase any pieces. A spread the love in their lives would bring guaranteed smiles.

April Howard - October 25, 2017 - 7:55 pm

Christmas is a special time for us. I am a school counselor and my husband works at UPS. As a counselor I love being able to coordinate Angel trees as well as adopting angels. I always take my two girls shopping with me and we have conversations about the needs of each family. We talk about our own blessings and how we can use those blessings to bless others. On another note, UPS also hires part time extra helpers during the Christmas season that will only be employed for the Christmas season. Each year it has seemed that my husband has had a helper that was hand picked for him by God and has an amazing story, as well as a need for help. We almost always do something extra special for his helper and their family. Most importantly, during the Christmas season we share the Gospel.

Sarah D - October 25, 2017 - 7:51 pm

We love choosing angels off the Christmas tree and going to shop for them. There is nothing sweeter than seeing your children get excited about giving to another.

Jynette Purser - October 25, 2017 - 7:49 pm

We are new to MJ but have quickly fallen in love! Since we have a fairly new little family we are adding new family traditions that we hope will be passed down for generations. We write Christmas Eve letters of all our wishes, dreams and what we’re thankful for that year and keep it in a special place to read each year and see how our wishes change as we grow. We also like to pick out an Angel and go shopping to show how we can give to those in need and spread holiday cheer. Thank you for this opportunity!

Amanda Shores - October 25, 2017 - 7:47 pm

I love everything about Matilda Jane Clothing. I love that the basic principle is keeping little girls little girls.

We have a young family in our church that absolutely LOVES to coordinate every Sunday morning. The young couple has two beautiful children plus one due to arrive any day now. A few months ago, they made more room in their hearts and home to take in a sweet foster baby. They now have a four year old, three year old, ten month old, and one that is almost done cooking in the oven. Their hands may be full, but you should see their hearts!

I would love to be able to bless this sweet momma with such a beautiful collection so that they may coordinate until their hearts are content!

Lisa Beard - October 25, 2017 - 7:38 pm

Last year we started anonymously placing gift cards in unsigned Christmas cards that we then mailed or placed in the person’s mailbox at our church. Those who had lost a loved one or were struggling in anyway. Most were practical like for gas or the local grocery, but we also did restaurants. It was fun to decide who and leave them wondering as we in know way want people to feel like they owe us or anything. We’ve done this throughout the year as felt lead by the Spirit. Spreading love throughout the year is something we try to instill in our kids and can be as simple as sharing a treat or a hug with someone.

Chantel Williams - October 25, 2017 - 7:33 pm

One of the best things about Matilda Jane! I love how much this company gives back! I am so proud to be a Trunk Keeper for Matilda Jane and cannot wait to spread cheer during this Holiday Season! I love doing random Starbucks gifts and choosing my Spread the Love Recipient each season ♡

Alyssa P - October 25, 2017 - 7:33 pm

Spread the love through MJC has been an amazing program. I nominated my first Spread the love at Christmas time and I still remember the frantic Facebook post my friend posted when she received her box. Back then, Denise used to send out at least 50 or more boxes and this particular box was for a mother and daughter who were so surprised and so blessed by Denis’s gift. My daughter was 3 when we watched this Christmas surprise unfold.

Over the years that followed, my daughter and I nominated someone every year, from Christmas Spread the Love, to teacher love, back to school love, and even. Nurse love. We have watched 6 families unbox a crate of MJC goodness and each and every time we received the joy of watching the surprise unfold.

For many years, this was our Christmas Tradition, to nominate someone for a MJC Spread the Love surprise and sit back and quietly watch the joy expressed by the recipient.

This program is part of Denise’s legacy and I am glad you have continued the tradition!

Regardless of who you choose, I hope the recipient experiences the same Joy that I am sure Denise experienced every time she oversaw the packing of many a SPread the Love box!

Valerie Halvorson - October 25, 2017 - 7:31 pm

My 7 year old daughter lost her grandpa to Alzheimer’s last year and her grandmother to cancer. This past summer she operated a lemonade stand almost every day in her neighborhood in memory of her grandfather and raised over $2,500 for her Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. This holiday season she will operate a hot cocoa stand (“Cocoa for a Cure”) to raise money for her Relay for Life team in memory of my mom. She has already raised $350 for Relay for Life. If you meet her in person, she is passionate about finding cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s. I am proud of her dedication and perseverance.

Falynn Turley - October 25, 2017 - 7:30 pm

That is so generous! These adorable clothes can really make a girl feel special! Since all of our family lives out of state, we have become friends with people over the years who are like family. I have young children and we haven’t really started a tradition yet but I’d love to start and teach my kids how wonderful it is to give to other in need!

Tara - October 25, 2017 - 7:30 pm

My love language is giving gifts, so have instilled in my children that giving is what Christmas is all about. My kids have collected clothes for rescue missions, had bake sales to help hurricane victims, bake sales to help families of law enforcement, used their allowance to buy and give homeless people food (that are on the street asking for help), we also help make shoeboxes for the Samaritan purse. We love MJC, thank you for your time.

Pam Padgett - October 25, 2017 - 7:22 pm

Our family doesn’t have a special giving tradition. We are a blended family with 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Now nearing retirement, we were called upon and have been blessed to able to adopt and raise our twin granddaughters (now 4 year’s old). All are spread to different states so during the holidays we try our best to see as many of them as we can. We would be ever thankful to be considered for the special blessing of the gift of MJ for our little angels. God bless. ??

Ashlee - October 25, 2017 - 7:21 pm

This is why we LOVE MJ! Aside from the beautiful pieces of clothing, the people within the MJ community are all so amazing. We always try to do some type of volunteer work for the holidays. Soup kitchens, coat drives, and angel trees to name a few. Thank you, MJ, for being more than just clothes<3

Claire Wise - October 25, 2017 - 7:10 pm

Every other birthday my kids have a huge joint birthday bash. Instead of presents for my kids the guests bring items to go in shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child! The last time we made almost 20 boxes!! My girl loves packing the boxes and we cry watching the videos of all these precious children opening their shoeboxes and learning about our Savior Jesus Christ! May your holidays be as wonderful as ours. We would love to wear some MJ while we pack our shoeboxes this year! ❤❤

Melissa - October 25, 2017 - 7:06 pm

During the holidays we have always sponsored a local family in need to get them necessities and gifts but his year we are adding on to that. With our kids getting older (8 & 5) we wanted them to really get into the giving spirit. We plan on giving them a nominal amount to buy specifically for a child in need. We are also delivering meals this year to a few families for Thanksgiving. I love that they are starting to find the joy in giving❤️

Elissa Heckendorf - October 25, 2017 - 7:06 pm

Our family makes bags for the homeless in our town. We fill bags/ backpacks with men & womans’ clothing, socks, snacks, and drinks. We also make a few extra pet bags filled with dog treats & food. Our family enjoys to brighten the day of these members of our community and share a little Christmas spirit with them. Their smile says it all.

Ashley Taylor - October 25, 2017 - 7:01 pm

Last year our family started a tradition of giving to those in need in our community. My son (7yrs) and daughter (4yrs) go buy supplies to makes homeless kits and we keep them in the car to pass out as needed in our community. They have everything from rain ponchos, dry socks, reusable water bottles, hand and foot warmers and meal bars to basic hygiene items such as a new toothbrush, toothpaste and soap. In addition, we adopt a family for Christmas gifts. There is a need in between low income and moderate income where some families don’t quite qualify for as much help during the holiday. Last year the family we adopted made too much to get financial or food assistance however they were living off of unemployment and barely making their bills. With one daughter and another on the way we made sure they had a blessed Christmas. It would have brought tears to your eyes if you had seen the daughters Christmas list… she wanted a job for daddy, bills paid, mommy happy. I could not provide that but we did what we could. Her mom was the person that introduced me to Matilda Jane, I am forever grateful that she brought me into this world, as it clearly is more than just clothes. We plan to continue the tradition of Homeless kits and adopting a family every year to spread the love and bring some Christmas Cheer to those that otherwise may not have had it.

Laura Ingalsbe - October 25, 2017 - 6:53 pm

I recently got to chaperone at my daughter’s school on the annual apple orchard trip. One of the girls in my daughter’s class sat by me on both bus rides to and from the orchard. As I got to learn about her and her family during the trip, she mentioned that she lives in our city’s homeless shelter. I absolutely adore this girl and my daughter says she is a wonderful classmate who works really hard in school. If I was given the November collection, I would love to bless this girl, her little sister, and her mother with a brand new wardrobe. Although I don’t know the rest of her family, I’m sure a surprise like this would absolutely make their holiday season a joyous one!

Angela & Abigail Mitchell - October 25, 2017 - 6:52 pm

My girl loves MJ and is going thru another growth spurt. ? So much fun to start looking at the tween clothes! ? We do little things together that others may not know about but help everyone… recently helped a group pick up trash along a bike/walk path near our downtown park. I help watch the younger kids at Sunday School so others can have a quiet hour to go to service. We will be helping our church at Thanksgiving and Christmas organize hundreds of care baskets for those who really need a little extra help getting by. Love when I have just a little time to help out at her school when they are begging for help and getting things done! Every little bit helps from every person – young and old. Love all the comments from thanks for the chance!

Lisa Zigler - October 25, 2017 - 6:50 pm

I would LOVE to nominate my next door neighbor Ashley. Her husband is a local firefighter, he has been away for training to try and add extra income in the national guard. He is scheduled to leave again just after Christmas. Ashley is a stay at home Mom (wanting to earn extra income…I hope she comes on board as a trunk keeper) They have a son that has made leaps and bounds with sensory issues and a speech impediment and a three year old daughter who just came over today to play dress up with MJ. I know Ashley would be so tickled and thankful!!! Love all the support her husband gives our community, and Ashley always post photos when her and the children go visit Dad at the fire station. Just a dear sweet family!!!

Lindsay Miller - October 25, 2017 - 6:47 pm

Christmas is our favorite time of year at our house! We love all the festivities and food and gifts and decor. But our favorite is Christmas day. We get up early and go to our local community center to feed those in need. For the last several years we have fed almost 1000 people a full Christmas meal. I have been the coordinator of this event for the last 10 years and it is such a blessing. The whole community gets involved. We even deliver meals to those who aren’t able to leave home. I love what it teaches my two young daughters. They have come to love it as much as I do. Christmas is so much more that we realize!

Rachel Tingle - October 25, 2017 - 6:41 pm

I love everything about the holiday season but I mostly love seeing people bless others. We love to pick angels off of the angel tree at church, or donate to a family in need. Love that you guys like to spread love and blessings to others as well.

Nina perdue - October 25, 2017 - 6:29 pm

One of our favorite things to do at Christmas was when we provided a gift for each student in my daughter’s elementary school. From putting a huge tree up at the school to shopping and excepting some donations. Then wrapping all those gifts and placing them under the tree. This was a very unprivileged school, some children did not even have a tree or gifts at home. To see their faces light up as they gathered around the tree, waiting on their name to be called..was priceless!!
It is my family’s favorite way to show some Christmas love.

Samantha Phu - October 25, 2017 - 6:27 pm

I had the best idea with what I would do if I received to November collection. I am a nurse at the hospital, and I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to go to the pediatric floor and make some little girls days. In fact, I would love to have my little girls come with me and do the giving. So many of these kids are in and out of the hospital constantly with long term illnesses. What better way to spread the love than to give to these children around the holidays!!

Kelli - October 25, 2017 - 6:25 pm

I like to spread cheer and be extra generous at Christmas toward the people who do so much for us all year long- hairdresser, mailman, UPS delivery person, etc. They work so hard and I like to recognize and show appreciation for that. Additionally, our family likes to do the Christmas shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse. Taking my little ones to buy gifts and fill the box is just one way I can lead by example to teach them a tangible way to think about and love others. Thank you MJ for having such a generous heart toward people!!

Sarah Driscoll - October 25, 2017 - 6:23 pm

Thank you for your continued generosity MJ! My favorite Christmas tradition is to pick names off the angel tree from the Salvation Army. I try to find children the same ages as mine and then take my kids shopping to pick out the gifts. Explaining that not everyone can afford lots of presents and how important it is to help others. The kids also really enjoy filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Shoebox. Last year our little church sent 51 boxes.
Thank you again Matilda Jane. Just thinking about this has made my day brighter.
Sarah D

Amanda C - October 25, 2017 - 6:19 pm

I plan to show my daughters who are 2 and 4 that it is the season for giving. We will come up with things together that we can do as a family to show someone cares even if no one knows or sees us doing it. Want to teach them recognition is not needed. For instance parking far away to give someone a closer parking spot. Even the little gestures count.

Tiffany Slatter - October 25, 2017 - 6:19 pm

I am a family support worker for Healthy Families. I LOVE this time of year! We have donors that sponsor our families so I get to take Thanksgiving baskets then Christmas Food Baskets each year to families in need. We also deliver angel tree and provide needed and wish list items for the children on our caseload 🙂 I love having shared the journey of Matilda Jane with my girl. Her first set was Hammond Bay and we’ve never looked back ?thank you for keeping my girl twirling !

Kristin - October 25, 2017 - 6:13 pm

I purchased my first Matilda Jane pieces for myself and my daughter at a local Rhea Lana sale. I immediately fell in love with the brand. The quality and style of each piece is amazing! When shopping there were very few clothing pieces that make my eyes light up… Until I found Matilda Jane. ?

Amanda - October 25, 2017 - 6:12 pm

Since my almost five year old has a birthday around the holidays, we decided that this year we’d pack shoe boxes to send to kids around the world. Instead of gifts, guests can bring an item for a girl or boy who may have never received a gift before. My Adalyn is so excited and has been collecting gifts every chance she gets!

Any time I talk to a mom with daughters, we eventually start talking about clothing. Matilda Jane clothing is so comfortable and soft that it’s always a top pick from my girls, it’s super duper cute, and every piece brings a little extra spunk into the day.

Cherain L Good - October 25, 2017 - 6:06 pm

I have to nominate my cousin.My cousin Adena Bailey is a stroller mom that has endured so much.She has a beautiful daughter and last outobere was set to welcome another. Well it was not meant to be. Little Seylene was called to paradise shortly after birth. A few month later my beautiful cousin and her husband decided to try again and they were blessed with Little Alyvia in August. Sknce that time she has been a stay at home mom.I send as much MJ as I can to her. The entire collection for her oldest that is in preschool and split between the two would be awesome.

Lauren Ray - October 25, 2017 - 6:06 pm

I love to cook and I share the love by cooking a homemade meal for all my friends and family!

Sandra Lingo - October 25, 2017 - 6:06 pm

Christmas has always been a wonderful time of year to share the love of Christ with others, but last year about this time, we took custody of a 14month old boy and a 2month old baby girl. Our kids are almost grown so you can image we needed everything for two babies. We were blessed with some wonderful friends and family who helped with our need. During this time I was introduced to a local group that does clothes for children in need all year around, not just at the holidays. I was somewhat distressed at the condition of some of the items that was donated to the group and the lack of donations after the holidays. They needed some nice items more often to bless the kids in need all year long. Over the last year I enjoyed the blessings of purchasing Matilda Jane clothing for the baby girl. The quality is outstanding and the clothes look brand new even after my little one wears a few times, so as she grows I enjoy providing the things she out grows to the group to be distributed to bless other little girls. The spirit of giving, blessing and sharing Christ love with others should be an all year endeavor, but especially at Christmas as that is the true meaning of Christmas.

Chelsea H - October 25, 2017 - 6:05 pm

I’m sure the whole MJ holiday collection will be beautiful and cheerful! I love to spend time baking with my two children during the holiday season and delivering goodies to neighbors. This year, I’m starting the tradition of “being Santa” with my two kids and taking them out to each pick a gift for Toys For Tots or the Salvation Army.

Adrea Biesiadecki - October 25, 2017 - 6:03 pm

We are very new to Matilda Jane, and are absolutely in love with everything this company stands for. It is such an inspiration to know all of this was started with love, and has continued to grow and give back. I think every little girl deserves to stay little, and feel beautiful. I am sure there will be many deserving families nominated. I know you guys will find the perfect princess to shower in pretties???? I am considering becoming a Trunk Keeper after falling in love with all that MJ is. I hope my daughter grows up to have the same qualities???

Amber F - October 25, 2017 - 6:00 pm

My daughter and I absolutely adore Matilda Jane and everything that it stands for, we will be choosing a fellow family in our community to bless this Christmas. My daughter is five and understands that giving is better than receiving so she will get to experience this again first hand this Christmas! We are so excited for the Novemeber collection and would be honored to be considered for this amazing giveaway. ?

Kelsey - October 25, 2017 - 5:57 pm

It’s inspiring to read everyone’s comments and how there are good people still in this world! We live in such a dark world it’s refreshing to know there is people spreading some light/ love amongst us.
So pat on MJ back for just doing the contest- people need to come read the comments instead of watching the news! ?
Our family at Christmas always ‘adopts’ a family through church to love on anonymously. We have a pastor of the church give us a family that is struggling- and we provide their needs/ wants for Christmas. Best part is- they aren’t shamed knowing people know they struggle and we’re not recognized. Just simple Christmas magic! (The love of Jesus shown)

Gina - October 25, 2017 - 5:56 pm

Wow, so many amazing people commenting with great ideas I may need to “borrow” for our family activities :)… our family does an advent activity each day to countdown to christmas. Each of the days consist of a community building activity to brighten someone’s day or give back. One day may be volunteering at the food shelf or feed my starving children. Other days are shopping for a family, adopting a senior, writing letters to our police officers, surprise neighbors with holiday treats. The kids love this tradition and look forward to what each day’s activity will be.

Ryan Schneider - October 25, 2017 - 5:50 pm

I teach 8th grade English at a local public school. I always read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens with my students and we spend November and December “doing good deeds” and discussing social responsibility. It’s such a fun time and the kids love finding nice things to do for others and then sharing their joy!

Melissa T - October 25, 2017 - 5:50 pm

What an Amazing company! My kids go to a very small school and there are several girls who Love my daughters MJ, but simply can’t afford it. We often hand down her used MJ but it would be So fun to give each girl their own new MJ!

Allison Sell - October 25, 2017 - 5:44 pm

My family and I spread the love around Christmas time by helping with the local Junior Service Leagues “Dress A Live Doll”. This program outfits 150+ children from our local community with 4 Christmas gifts. My family helps by shopping for the “Dolls” and wrapping the gifts. It’s a beautiful reminder of what this season is truly about!

Brittany - October 25, 2017 - 5:40 pm

I’d love to nominate a special family member. A sweet little girl lost her foot this year and has made a remarkable comeback. She’s 3, has overcame some major obstacles, and is truly a miracle to still be here today! I’d love to see her and her mother matching in some MJC!

Pam S. - October 25, 2017 - 5:40 pm

I’m a mother-baby RN, and for the past six Christmas seasons, I’ve been able to witness the miracle of lives being birthed into this world. I love watching these mamas giving birth to the greatest Christmas gifts ever! As a family unit (me, my husband, and our three children) enjoy shopping for families in need and for other family members. It’s never too early to teach the importance of giving.

Sara Piercy - October 25, 2017 - 5:39 pm

I would love to nominate someone to be selected. My friend, Cheyenne Bell, very unexpectedly lost her husband this morning. I have been thinking today of ways to bless her and I know that Matilda Jane is the answer. She and I have bonded over our love of Matilda Jane and I know her sweet girl that just lost her daddy would look beautiful in it. Cheyenne is now a single mother of two kids and I can’t even imagine her heartbreak. I also have two kids and knowing the kind of work it takes to take care of them, it’s unfathomable to have to do it so unexpectedly on your own. So, for a fellow, sweet Matilda Jane momma, I would love for her to have some joy this season.

Viviana Sanz - October 25, 2017 - 5:34 pm

As much as love spoiling my kiddos during the holidays I always make sure to make it a learning experience. We make it a point to volunteer at soup kitchens and collect donations for children that aren’t as fortunate during the holiday seasons. My kids have taken very well to it and enjoy being able to put a smile on someone’s face.

Marissa Rushing - October 25, 2017 - 5:34 pm

This season I would love to share the love with my wonderful mother Renee Fleming. She goes above and beyond. Always making the needs of other met before hers. She never gets a moment to stop and “smell the roses” because she does for others more that herself. She started her own prayer warrior page where people all over the world can pray together over issues that need it. She never thinks of her selfish needs. Only others. This Christmas I would love to nominate her to have the entire Matilda Jane collection since she never does anything for her self ????

Malory Burton - October 25, 2017 - 5:31 pm

Last year with the kids being just old enough we started making Christmas cookies together with a few friends and letting the kids deliver them to individuals who were sick or having a hard time during the holidays. The kids were so precious as they walked up the homes of these sweet people, rang the doorbell, and explained why they were there. Brought tears each time. Cannot wait for this year’s baking session and deliveries! These kiddos need to learn that it’s not all about Santa! It’s always going to be my goal to show them that in more ways than one every year! ❤️

Carrie Greene - October 25, 2017 - 5:26 pm

I love to spend way too much money and go overboard with gifts. I could careless what I get in return but love seeing people so happy. Being a teacher I also spread the love to individuals who often get overlooked like the secretaries, janitors, lunchroom ladies, and bus drivers!

Krystin K - October 25, 2017 - 5:25 pm

I love ‘adopting’ one or two angels off of the tree and providing necessities along with a small bit of Christmas cheer to a child who otherwise wouldn’t receive it. My little girl, as well as my niece and nephew, are lucky enough to receive gifts (needs AND wants) year round, so we attempt to not go overboard at the Holidays and spread the love around to others.

Crystal Smith - October 25, 2017 - 5:25 pm

Hi,I posted earlier,I just wanted to clarify that my phone changed own to on and I did make some grammatical errors out of fast typing and sheer excitement at the chance to surprise my sweet students with a gift I’m sure they would remember forever ❤️Being a Reading Teacher,I just had to clarify ?Thank you for all the cheer you all at Matilda Jane spread❤️My heart is full reading all these comments! ❤️??

Dana Marthaler - October 25, 2017 - 5:24 pm

We spread the love throughout the year after the kids asked why people are usually only generous during the holiday season. We set aside money in our budget each month to sponsor a family, person, or organization. Our 5 kids get to choose each month. They love being “hands on” in giving whether collecting food for the food pantry or ringing bells for Salvation Army. We would love the collection to bless several friends who recently adopted little girls.

Lara Novosad - October 25, 2017 - 5:23 pm

We love giving to Toys for Tots and we donate to Through the Heart foundation which is a foundation that is non profit and helps those with moms/parents who have gone through or going through pregnancy losses. I lost a baby during the holidays a few years ago. It was a very hard time for me but that organization helped and I love to pay it forward. If I win this collection I would like to pay it forward to a family in need of clothes.

Laura Smathers - October 25, 2017 - 5:21 pm

Every holiday season my girls and I pack “kits” for the people who stand on the street corners asking for money. We fill up plastic containers with lids with water bottles, coke, Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s Gift Cards and tons of snacks and my girls make homemade cards to go on top. We keep these boxes in our car and whenever we see someone the girls take turns handing them out. We try and do this during the summer as well, but it’s easier when the weather is colder so we can stick some chocolate inside and the drinks stay cold. 🙂
Instead of myself, I would love to nominate my daughter’s 3rd grade teacher, Jennifer Kennedy. She is a MJ loving momma herself and she has two adorable little girls. She is a teacher unlike any other. She has such a passion for teaching and makes each day special. She has completely taken my daughter under her wing and has gone above and beyond for her. She takes care of her like her own and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect roll model for my daughter. She is truly a blessing in our lives and I can not think of a more deserving person to shower this amazing joy upon than her. <3

Katrina - October 25, 2017 - 5:18 pm

I volunteer with refugee families from Burma, teaching English and try to help acclimate them to our society. When they arrive, they come with so little; it’s very humbling. My current family has 5 children and one of the children (age 19) has 2 children already. When I first met them 2 years ago, they sat silently and just looked at me. I’m sure being in a new place was scary enough, but here were all these strangers and we don’t speak the same language. It definitely took quite some time to warm up, but they have and it has been remarkable! Last year when I asked what they wanted for Christmas, I must admit I was taken aback by their response. Each one of them answered not with toys, gadgets, or electronics, but with a pair of shoes, or a coat. For some reason this just hit me hard in the heart. I found out all of their sizes and purchased each of the children and their parents a new coat and a new pair of shoes. I had to. There was no way I could let that go. It meant so so much to see their joy and appreciation. I asked members of my family to no longer purchase gifts for me, but instead to help someone who needs it, or do find an organization they believe in to give to. This has become our new tradition. How amazing it would be to share Matilda Janes beautiful clothes with one of these families! I can only imagine their faces =)

Sonja - October 25, 2017 - 5:18 pm

Our favorite mother daughter tradition at the holidays will always be baking goodies for everyone in our life! Family, friends, teachers, co workers, church family… You name it, we are baking for them! We love traditional recipes but also trying new things. Keeping everyone in mind, we try sweets recipes from different cultures to different diets like gluten or sugar free. It’s time well spent together having fun and learning. The best part as a mother is the joy my girl gets from treating others and spreading our holiday cheer!

Katie C. - October 25, 2017 - 5:16 pm

Our family looks for service opportunities throughout the year, but we focus extra during the holiday season. To some, it’s just another day/month, we try to make others see the good through our acts of love and service. We try to be the light in this dark, chaotic world.

Mama Hope - October 25, 2017 - 5:14 pm

Taking refrigerator and other big appliance boxes with padding, a blanket, a pillow, & a flashlight with lots of batteries (in a waterproof bag) to the homeless under the bridge is my favorite holiday gifting. We’ve lived in different cities, but there is always a bridge with our homeless living under it. I add some food items and bottled water. But it’s the decorated tinsel trees that get the biggest smiles! I buy them at Goodwill and bargain stores. Coats and backpacks are always good to take. Note: I’ve found the people take care of each other and share. I’m usually directed to the most needy.

Leah Dercks - October 25, 2017 - 5:11 pm

This time of year is our favorite!! We love to spread cheer in many ways! A favorite tradition we have started is doing charity walks between thanksgiving and Christmas that help with putting food on tables and present under trees! We look forward to it every year! We also like to adopt a child every year to help make their holiday season one to remember! We’re grateful that we’re able to give back and spread the love with people close to home. One last simple thing I love is sending cards out to family and friends. Such a simple thing that I really love that I thinks spreads cheer and love!

Sarah B - October 25, 2017 - 5:09 pm

My favorite way to spread cheer is by making gifts for all my loved ones. It’s much more fulfilling to make things for others than to make them for myself. 🙂
Beautiful clothes! I have 3 boys and another little one on the way which I hope will be a girl! If it’s not a girl, I would give my winnings to my beautiful little niece! Thanks for spreading the love ❤️

Jenny Corbin - October 25, 2017 - 5:09 pm

What a generous giveaway! Thanksgiving and Christmas time are my favorite times of the year. This year will be the first holiday season away from my hometown with our family since we moved to a new place 9 months ago. We have many traditions that we have worked hard to uphold and absolutely cherish. My husband and I work with internationals and have for 9 years now. I’m currently flying home from a trip to China where I met some families there that mentioned their love for MJ but didn’t own any and I already had plans in order to have someone bring them some for Christmas!
In the previous years we have helped host an international Thanksgiving meal through our church now for about 4 years (serving nearly 400 people for free in the community) and this year we live in a new town and community and have already started planning to begin the tradition at our new home church as well this Thanksgiving. We have also hosted a Christmas Eve party for internationals for 8 years and in our new hometown we have plans to carry this same tradition on. We also love caroling, baking cookies for neighbors, and being together as a family.
I’m very excited to see what Matilda Jane has to offer this November!

Audrey M - October 25, 2017 - 5:07 pm

I would say that the way that I like to spread holiday cheer is simply by picking out the perfect gift for family and friends. Picking out the perfect gift has been something I have prided myself on for as long as I can remember! As a young child, I remember going to an amusement park with a friend and spending ALL of my spending money (which was supposed to be for food and drinks) within the first 30 minutes on souvenirs for my family! I about starved for the rest of the day, but I sure was proud to give my mom, dad, and sister a gift when I got home 😉

I will start planning Christmas gifts months and months in advance! I love to buy people gifts that I know they would never splurge for themselves or something that they would love that they would never think to buy. It really is better to give than to receive! <3

Morgan Thompson - October 25, 2017 - 5:05 pm

Every year we pick someone to “do” Christmas for. We will give them money, help them buy gifts for their kids, try to help with what they’re in need of. My son is 5 and he’s started giving back and he likes to pick who/what we do. We don’t have a ton to give as we can barely afford things for ourselves/our kids, but I’ve always felt the importance in doing for others. There’s always someone in more need. My girls love MJ and it makes them feel pretty, my two year old calls it her princess clothes!

Kristy - October 25, 2017 - 5:02 pm

Instead of myself, I would like to nominate a friend of mine, Shannon Ritchie. For the last year, her son has been battling DIPG, a brain cancer with a life expectancy of 9 months and a less than 1% chance of survival. As you can see, he’s already exceeded the life expectancy. She and her husband and other son are doing everything g they can to find a cure for Colton and this terrible disease. Here lately he’s had some setbacks and has been in the hospital. I just know that she’s been so busy with him and taking care of her other son that’s she’s not had time to do anything for herself. It would be incredible for her to receive a gift like this!! Before she was caring for her son, she was a nurse at a juvenile boot camp facility so she’s always taking care of others!

Kristina Netz - October 25, 2017 - 5:01 pm

We love to spread cheer by participating in various service opportunities in our church and our community. We love gift giving as well – even if it’s just a small thing that brightens someone’s day.

Amy Smith - October 25, 2017 - 4:57 pm

We always adopt an Angel Tree family and we all go shopping together to pick out the gifts. My girls love picking gifts out and helping to wrap them up. We also make Christmas cookies to pass out to our neighbors. This is our newest tradition and we love surprising our neighbors!

Brittney L. - October 25, 2017 - 4:56 pm

Every year we participate in the Angel Tree. I love this time of year. I’d much rather give than receive. My children are now of the age to get them involved too (3 and 4). This year I want to do something extra with them and start another giving tradition. They both have such big hearts and are always wanting to give away their toys to kids. We also are involved in our church and help in any way we can..decorate, donations, etc.

Lindy W. - October 25, 2017 - 4:55 pm

We spread the cheer during holiday time by participating in Operation Christmas Child through our church. Every year we pick up a box and share some love with a kid in need. Since the birth of our daughter we pick a child to sponsor that is the same age as our child and she helps pick presents for the box.
We are new to the MJ world (since this summer), and already I feel like I need an intervention. We (my daughter and I) LOVE the clothes, the quality, and how we feel when we wear them.

Crystal - October 25, 2017 - 4:55 pm

Hello,my name is Crystal Smith and I am a 3rd and 4th grade Reading/Math Interventionist. I have small groups throughout the day where 90%of the children I service live in extreme poverty.It makes my heart so happy to bless these children however possible,whether it’s having a basket of snacks or handing out much needed school supplies. I try to make Christmas time extra special for these children by making homemade candies and putting together goodie bags for them❤️ Their are ten little girls that I have in my classes that I have seen and heard them compliment classmates on their Matilda Jane clothes wishing they could have just one piece of MJ,If I could buy them each one outfit,I would do it in a heartbeat but I’m just not financially able to. If I won this I can’t even imagine the pure joy that these precious little souls would feel as I could give each of them their very on MJ piece❤️They each come from very diverse backgrounds but they all have an admiration and hearts desire for Matilda Jane! I want these sweet girls to know what it’s like to feel wear something that makes their heart sing! Please help me to spread cheer this year❤️?

Kristin McWilliams - October 25, 2017 - 4:54 pm

Almost 12 years ago this holiday season, my sister was diagnosed with cancer. Because we remember what it’s like to be in the hospital during the holidays, every year we like to give back to those families who are stuck there like we were. We do something a little different every year, meals, gifts, gift cards, etc. We remember that sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. Just being together as a family during the holidays is a big one. When our small community banded together to get my large family of 6 together for that first Christmas after her diagnosis, it was something we won’t ever forget. That’s why we try and give back and help other families to be together.

Angela - October 25, 2017 - 4:51 pm

We love to spread the love by giving extra Christmas gifts to needy families in our area as well as to the Angel Tree, an organization that provides gifts for children who have parents in prison. It is a tangible way to bless an overlooked group of children who need to know they are loved, especially around the holidays.

Kristin - October 25, 2017 - 4:50 pm

I am a member of a local mothers’ group. We spend our year raising money for schools and local groups that support children and women in need. Around the holidays we get to see some of the rewards of our hard work. We put on our Santa hats and help hand out free, new toys to parents who might not otherwise be able to give their kids presents for Christmas, we have a ham drive, and we use some of the funds we’ve raised to buy presents for local families. They often ask for the necessities for their kids: warm coats, snow boots, mittens, and we are happy to help!

Heather - October 25, 2017 - 4:49 pm

We are participating in Operation Christmas Child by packing a shoebox this year. At work, we raise money and collect toys for a ministry that opens a toy store for moms to buy their kids gifts for Christmas for nominal amounts. For my daughter’s birthday this year, she decided to collect money for Children’s Hospital of Alabama rather than receive birthday gifts. I am going to try to continue this giving during the holiday season. Would love for my daughter to be able to personally deliver some MJ to Children’s Hospital!

Maggie Gerdes - October 25, 2017 - 4:49 pm

During the holiday season last year I was able to spread cheer to families and children by organizing a food drive at my school! I’m a school counselor at a 1200+ student low income school. I asked our staff and local grocery stores to contribute non perishable food items to send home with students over the long break. It was a lot of work to organize, pack and deliver food bags; but so rewarding to see how happy the students were to not have to worry about what they were going to eat while at home. This is so something I hope to continue for years to come!

Pam Wirges - October 25, 2017 - 4:48 pm

A tradition I started when my husband and I were first married(40 yrs.) ago? was to bake bread for all of my neighbors. They almost all still live in the neighborhood and look forward to their loaf tied with a ribbon on delivery day! A couple whom have moved over the years still ask to be included ?. Warms ones heart when a simple gesture becomes a holiday memory.

Kayla Costigliola - October 25, 2017 - 4:46 pm

My daughters and I love to spread holiday cheer. One of the things we do is go shopping together to buy toys to donate to less fortunate children. Through our school we are able to select ornaments off a tree and purchase items and wrap them! The girls love wrapping them up and taking them to school. We also make Christmas cards for elderly people at a local nursing home and bring them with us when we go perform holiday dances for them.

Traci Johnson - October 25, 2017 - 4:45 pm

Hello & thank you for the opportunity! Holidays are huge in my family. My family is spread out over 3 states and it’s the holidays that we all make the time to be together. This year is extra special as we plan to move into our very first home (new construction) in just 3 weeks. When planning our house, it was important to have space for all of the family as we are the central location for us all.
For me, family is everything and getting to celebrate Jesus’ birth together means the world to me. This year is doubly special as we have a new little who just came into the world and both of my parents and youngest brother was baptized a few months ago. It has been an amazing year full of blessings!
I have continued the family tradition of new PJs on Christmas Eve and selecting a child from an Angel Tree to buy for. I think that it’s important for my children to value the spirit of giving! Taking them to pick out gifts for a child they have never met is always a highlight of the season, just as it was when I was little. We also started a new tradition of our own 3 years ago: 25 books of Christmas: I purchase 25 books and wrap them. Each night, starting December 1st, my 2 girls alternate opening 1 book and that is our bedtime story for the night. They love it and so do I. Bedtime is a time for us to wind down and spend time together and there is nothing better than reading and being lost in a book.
With so many things to be thankful for this holiday season, this would truly be the icing on the cake!
Thank you for all you do in this world! I’ve had a love for MJ for the past 2 years, but this year it grew even more! My oldest daughter grew out of the toddler/little girl clothing section a few months ago. One attempt at shopping in the big girl section at the mall was all it took to know her wardrobe would be mainly MJ. Thank you for keeping little girls little! There is no way she will be wearing the garbage the big box store are carrying! The saying that it’s more than just clothes is very true! ❤️

Alexa H. - October 25, 2017 - 4:44 pm

The joy my girls have wearing Matilda Jane is infectious! We love spending time with our extended family and friends during the holidays. The older my girls get the more they realize the magic of the Christmas season. We love to spread kindness through surprising others with Acts of Random Kindness & taking goodie baskets to our local service leaders in our community like the police, fire fighters, & EMTs.

Alane - October 25, 2017 - 4:44 pm

Each year, our family donates two nice sized gift cards to our church for Thanksgiving. We ask them to select two families that would like a little help with groceries so they can enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal together, without the worry of breaking the bank. At Christmas, we donate Target gift cards and buy for the “angel tree”.

I’d like to nominate my sister in law for the win. We recently discovered that our nanny was not treating our children (1 and 3) how they should be treated. My kids’ school was flooded during the Hurricane and is under reconstruction. We were found at a loss with no where for our babies to go. My sister in law called to offer that she could take of my 2 babies along with her 3. She has two girls and I’d love to bless them with this sweet gift. There is no dollar amount that could repay her for the love, gentle hands, and warmth she is providing my kids daily. She has opened her home (extra early) and her arms to help walk me through this devastating situation. They’ll probably be with her through the holidays as our school rebuilds. It has helped me tremendously as I get over the emotions involved. I want to bless her with this unique gift.

Angie Fisher - October 25, 2017 - 4:42 pm

While out shopping, we hand out Christmas cards to shoppers that look like they are in need of a smile. We also purchase a gift card then look around and find a worthy recipient. Warms my heart to make someone happy ❤️

Lauren - October 25, 2017 - 4:41 pm

Instead of the adults in our extended family getting Christmas gifts for each other, we have adopted a family and bought gifts/food for them. I also like my kids to pick some service to do around the holidays. Usually they choose to donate toys and donate to our local animal shelter.

Michael Taylor - October 25, 2017 - 4:41 pm

I would love to nominate my loving wife and beautiful daughter for your spread the love campaign. This will be our families first Christmas without my wife’s mother. She passed away in February and since my wife & daughter have struggled with the loss greatly, we all have. But their bond was particularly special. My wife became her caretaker when she was diagnosed with COPD, and she was a constant in our 6 year old daughters life. She had to find something to occupy her time so she would sew for our daughter. As she grew more ill, the stress on her heart become obvious. After her passing I’ve watched my wife battling episodes of panic attacks and debilitating depression. My daughter has had her struggles too, from not wanting to be left alone anywhere to worries of if something will happen to us. So if a package from their favorite company could place a smile on their faces, even for a brief second, then this nomination was well worth the time and you guys at Matilda Jane are definitely the company my wife & daughter love to brag about! Sincerly,

Alisha - October 25, 2017 - 4:39 pm

Giving back has always been important to my family. We try to give back throughout the year by volunteering and helping others. During the Christmas season specifically we “ring the bell” for the Salvation Army, donate toys to Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army, collect extra money and change in our home and donate it to our special Thanksgiving offering at our church where the money is split between a local agency and an international agency (changes each year), and we pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We feel that we should help others in our community and around the world.

I want our daughter to understand the importance of loving, caring, and helping others. It is such an important part of our lives and God has blessed us with so much, we must share with each other. My daughter received a shoe box from Operation Christmas Child when she was one while we were visiting family in Bosnia for Christmas. Seeing children open those boxes was magical. Christmas really is the most magical time of the year!

Amber J - October 25, 2017 - 4:39 pm

We bake cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning and take them to each of our neighbors along with everything they need for a quick Christmas morning breakfast without interrupting all of the fun that day.

Abby - October 25, 2017 - 4:38 pm

I love this time of year. It brings out the best in all of us. What I do each year varies, but one thing I always do is pick up a stack of Starbucks gift cards and hand them out randomly to people I see during the day. I also like to donate to toys for tots and also to our local food bank. Finally, I like to help someone with childcare by paying for someone else when I pick my kids up at school. Reading these posts has warmed my heart and given me some great ideas for spreading love around!

Rachael Remijn - October 25, 2017 - 4:37 pm

I love making Christmas cookies and goodies and passing them out to neighbors, friends, and family!

Jenny Dagley - October 25, 2017 - 4:35 pm

My daddy is a pastor and I grew up going with him and his guitar to our local nursing homes and to homebound elderly people’s houses singing Christmas carols to them and handing out candy canes. I absolutely loved it! It’s one of my best childhood memories! My mom would always let me wear my “Christmas best” and I remember even feeling as a young girl that I was tangibly sharing the true Christmas Spirit with people. Hope, Joy, and the Promise fulfilled! Now that I have 3 of my own and a 4th on the way, it has been one of my greatest joys annually to return to those same nursing homes and new homes with MY littles and with my dad, guitar still in hand, and sing just like the old days. I now let my little girls and boy dress in their “Christmas best” and I can see the wonder, joy and same elation on their faces that it brought me, and see it on the faces of those that, even for a moment, feel cherished, loved and remembered. ❤️

Jenny Steketee - October 25, 2017 - 4:35 pm

This holiday season we will take our six children and participate in both the Angel Tree as well as The Shoe Box Ministry. Both organizations support children in need who may not receive a gift at all this season. We let each of our children choose a child their age and their gender to shop for and fulfill the need. We love allowing them to shop for these children who may not have anything and whom especially may not receive any gifts other than the ones we choose for them and see what their little hearts desire for these children. Their compassion is endless for these children who struggle to have just their basic needs met. It’s inspiring and heartwarming for us and we love watching our children grow and give and be compassionate to those in need, never judging and always giving freely in love.

Morgan Dezarn - October 25, 2017 - 4:34 pm

During the holiday season my family “adopts/sponsors” a family with children the gender and ages of mine. We take their wish list cards to the store and my kids (ages 5 and 3.5) pick out the items for these special families. We have done this since my oldest was little and always build in discussion surrounding the season of giving and how blessed we are as a family to be able to provide for families who may not be as fortunate as us. I believe this will help my kids have a true appreciation for the meaning of giving back and will appreciate the blessings they have.

Jessica Bratton - October 25, 2017 - 4:34 pm

Christmas is my ALL time favorite holiday! One because it represents the birth of our sweet Jesus and two because it means that I will get to see all of my family at once (which hardly ever happens!) My husband and I got married three years ago and started a tradition that every Christmas we will pick a family in our town that we want to buy gifts for that has children. It has been such an amazing blessing. We will continue that this year and our precious 2 yr old girl will be able to join in on the fun!

Bridget Mashburn - October 25, 2017 - 4:33 pm

We discovered Matilda Jane Clothing earlier this year. I fell in love immediately. Of course my little sweeties fell in love as well. My youngest is three, and to see her happiness when she spins in her ’tilda Jane dresses and says, “mommy watch me” just melts my heart. We order every month, and to my surprise, this summer I was chosen for a surprise sleeping bag. I opened the box and thought, this is a mistake. After digging in the box for my invoice, I found a card from Matilda Jane that said, “who doesn’t love a surprise”. I cried. How awesome is it to not only have an opportunity to order these precious clothes, but to know that this company truly wants to just do good things. I think it would be so awesome to teach my daughters (3 and 13) about paying it forward. I have lots of friends with little girls and how great would it be to bless someone else this Christmas with perhaps their first Matilda Jane dress or ruffles?!?!? My family is very blessed and I would love the chance to teach my children about giving back and how important it is to bless others.

Saydi - October 25, 2017 - 4:32 pm

We spread holiday cheer by choosing several angels from the angel tree and spoiling those babies with all kinds of things! I also love to pay for the car behind me in the Starbucks line. I hope to raise my kids with a spirit of giving ❤️

Jennifer adams - October 25, 2017 - 4:32 pm

My family tries to bless people year round! We love seeing the simplest things that we can do make that person or family’s day. We will simply anonymously pay for a family’s meal while we’re out to eat. It is a small gesture but people are so humbled by our sweet gestures! ❤️

Jenny - October 25, 2017 - 4:30 pm

My little girl loves all things Matilda Jane. She wears at least one piece every day. We love it so much, last year we gave a few brand new pieces to the adopt a family her preschool was helping to support. There’s nothing better then being able to provide something beautiful to another little girl in need. I also use it as an opportunity for my children to see that we should always be thankful for what we have and to always give back.

Jen H. - October 25, 2017 - 4:29 pm

In the past my family has sent Christmas boxes through Operation Christmas Child and packed food at Feed My Starving Children. We hope to do both again this year.

Sarah Conlon - October 25, 2017 - 4:29 pm

Thank you Matilda Jane for everything you do! From designing gorgeous clothes that make every girl of every age feel beautiful, to donating to so many worthy causes, to changing the face of beauty! Every year the school that I work at nominates certain families that are in need of extra support. I always sign up for a family, to purchase winter necessities such as new winter boots, jackets and gloves as well as some fun toys for the kids. My husband’s company also sponsors a family in need and I always coordinate the shopping and collecting of funds to purchase a wonderful Christmas for a family in need. These are just a couple of he ways I like to spread the love by spreading holiday cheer to families that are less fortunate. My kids enjoy picking out gifts for the other children too and I love that it teaches them to share their love too.

Kristin Fox - October 25, 2017 - 4:29 pm

During the holidays especially is an important time to be there for those that need it most. It’s usually a difficult time of year for many even though it’s supposed to be the merriest time too. I personally am a hospice massage therapist for the terminally ill and try to be even more sensitive to my families during the holiday season. I also run a boutique out of my home and give some packages to families in my hometown that are in need. Even though I have 5 children and feel very blessed in many ways, I know how difficult it is to make time for yourself and de stress and take care of your mind and body…especially during the holiday season. I give free chair massages, donate to Santa Anonymous and offer to help single parents out with carpooling, babysitting and offer ways for them to destress daily during the holidays. I lost a parent and a couple grandparents during the holidays and I feel if everyone gets a little time for themselves, it helps them enjoy the precious time with their families that they deserve and can make memories from.

Katie Northern - October 25, 2017 - 4:29 pm

My twins were born 10 weeks premature at 30 weeks. They were so tiny and sick. They spent almost 6 weeks in a level 3 NICU where those amazing nurses help keep my precious babies alive. They just turned 3 and now most people can’t even tell how hard they had to fight for their lives. With the spread the love, I would use this special opportunity to take the items to those NICU nurses so they can share the pieces with their families. After all, they saved my family ❤️ Those nurses work long hours away from their family and I know Matilda Jane Clothing pieces would bring a lot of smiles to those women and their families just as it brings to my family. It is always #morethanjustclothes

Carmen Henry - October 25, 2017 - 4:27 pm

I would love this for my two little girls! We love to make a mess in the kitchen while baking goodies to deliver to our neighbors around Christmas time 🙂

Kim - October 25, 2017 - 4:26 pm

We love caroling and sharing cookies with our teachers, friends, and neighbors. But the most wonderful tradition we’ve started with our family is involving our kids in donating to Toys for Tots. They love picking out toys that THEY would love, and giving them to another child.

Carla Hurley - October 25, 2017 - 4:25 pm

My husband is a guard at the tomb of the unknown soilder so those guys do not get much of a break so we will be baking cookie and pies and other Christmas yummies and taking it to the tomb sentinels. We also like to visit the guys at the VA hospital and spread some cheer!

Becky Mathis - October 25, 2017 - 4:24 pm

I love Christmastime. I think it is just magical. My hubby on the other hand hates it. Lol. I like to think of myself as a pretty good baker. My favorite thing to do around Christmas is bake, bake, bake. My neighbors probably get so sick of my baking, but I just love it and I love taking it around to people. Who doesn’t love an iced sugar cookie in the shape of a bell, or a coconut macaroon or some toffee? Those treats are a huge part of Christmas for me, and I hope to pass those baking skills on to my kids so they can make their neighborhoods that much sweeter when they grow up.

Lauren Carroll - October 25, 2017 - 4:23 pm

Our Elf on the Shelf is a “kindness elf” he has special tasks during the Christmas season to teach that giving is better than receiving. We also love to do the angel tree or go through the school to provide for those in need. ‘Tis the Season! <3

Kristi Rogers - October 25, 2017 - 4:23 pm

We have started spreading the Love each year by taking Christmas presents to the children’s hospital where my daughter had her first two open heart surgeries! She only has half a heart and the staff and other parents helped us so much while we were inpatient for months, so we like to give back by taking the Heart babies presents and snacks for the doctors and nurses! ❤️

Amber Humphery - October 25, 2017 - 4:21 pm

I Love MJC!! My baby is 13 Months and I am considering becoming a trunk keeper. I just need to make that leap! I have an amazing trunk keeper to guide me! #231 I’d love the November release!! My family likes to spread the holiday cheer by participating in Angel Tree Ministry and local toy drives. This year I’m donating some of my baby’s clothes that are new or gently used. I WANT MORE MJ!! PLEASE and thank you!!

elizabeth esparza - October 25, 2017 - 4:20 pm

The best thing about the holidays is how it brings so many people closer together. Telling the people around you, even strangers, a simple “happy holidays” or “have a great Christmas/Thanksgiving” will put a smile on their faces and not only spread cheer but show them how easy it is to come together and be thoughtful during these special times. In a way it’s giving back and showing love to every person that has done something to affect your days, from the mailman to the cashier at the grocery store, to your beloved grandma. The amount of joy i get from people being nice during the holidays makes me want to put that joy back into the world and do that for someone else.

Jessica - October 25, 2017 - 4:20 pm

I work in a nursing home. We have wonderfully dedicated staff who often do not make too much more than minimum wage to take care of our elders who are aged and at their most vulnerable point in their lives. My staff are among the most generous, compassionate, and loving humans. I would love to spread joy among them by sharing this line so that they would have an opportunity to have one of these gorgeous items for their daughters to enjoy this Christmas season. I have been wearing mjc for years and they often comment on my outfits. It would just been amazing to spread some love to them so they know their hard work is appreciated.

Hannah Heise - October 25, 2017 - 4:20 pm

My little girl and I bake Christmas cookies every Christmas Eve and walk around our neighborhood delivering them to all our neighbors with a card and a reminder of what Christmas is all about. It is a great tradition and a good way to teach her what Christmas is about…kindness and giving.

Melissa Gartner - October 25, 2017 - 4:18 pm

I would like to spread the love this holiday season by doing this to honor my grandmother who passed away this month. She was 94 and such a great role model to us all!

Celeste Ford - October 25, 2017 - 4:17 pm

My family’s favorite thing to do during the holidays is going Christmas caroling with our church. So fun!

Kim Swindoll - October 25, 2017 - 4:17 pm

My family and I try to spread the cheer during the holiday season by spending time with people who don’t have family around them during the holiday season. Whether it’s people who live away from their family or those who have lost loved ones.

Tia Beach - October 25, 2017 - 4:17 pm

Matilda Jane has changed our life since we began April if 2016. I am so sad to have not introduced it to my girls while Denise was around. I have made so many momma friends since joining in on Matilda Jane! It’s way more than a clothing company. I have seen a momma post about loosing a friend and wanted a dress for her friends daughter, Matilda Jane sent her that dress free of charge. So so sweet!! I don’t know any company that would do that.
During Christmas time I allow my girls to pick a child off the Angel tree that is their age, we then go shop for them and I explain that these children aren’t fortunate enough to have things like they do!! They always love getting their age angel off the angel tree every year!!
Thank you everyone at Matilda Jane clothing for changing children’s lives all around!!

Amanda Jones - October 25, 2017 - 4:16 pm

Matilda Jane… the first clothing I’ve found for my daughter which celebrates her girliness and her innocence!
I’m one of six kids and we have all left the house! My mom sacrificed so much for us and is finally getting to have the kitchen she wants. I’m looking forward k helping her with this after all she’s done for us!

Holly Majors - October 25, 2017 - 4:15 pm

I would love to have my neighbor Emily win. She and her husband have 4 awesome children. The youngest two they adopted after fostering. Emily spends her day assisting other children as well, as she is an OT. To add to their holidays I would think that the Matilda Jane collection as a surprise would be so cool! They are a beautiful family and wonderful people. Thanks!

Julie - October 25, 2017 - 4:15 pm

Gift giving is one of my top love languages and I love blessing others with an unexpected gift of Matilda Jane! There are so many beautiful pieces in the MJ line and I hope it brings joy to a friend who might not have otherwise been able to have one of these amazing creations! It’s not just at Christmas, but something I like to surprise others with any time of year! I always feel beautiful when I wear Matilda Jane, as do my girls, and I hope it does the same for them!

Kayla Alexander - October 25, 2017 - 4:15 pm

My kids and I are baking goodies for our neighbors and adopting a family to help with Christmas gifts.

Terrah - October 25, 2017 - 4:14 pm

My love language is giving. During the holiday that makes it so hard Bc you want to give all youve got to everyone ❤️. My favorite ways to give through the Holidays is sponsoring kids through Angel Trees at church or paying for someone’s groceries during Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays if led to give while in line at the store.

My little girl and I also love baking cookies and taking them around to our neighbors (this is something I was taught when I grew up). I think the main thing to remember is you do not have to have a lot of money to spread love and good cheer during the Holidays. It all Starts with a joyful heart!

Janelle Deaton - October 25, 2017 - 4:14 pm

I love the Christmas season…I enjoy reading Christmas stories to my children all season long, making my home warm, cozy, and festive for my family, and playing Christmas carols on the piano during church services. It’s such a wonderful season!

Sarah Fulmer - October 25, 2017 - 4:12 pm

My daughter has a very full MJ closet collection. But this Christmas I’m only buying MJ for my niece. She loves coming over and trying on my daughters MJ. I would love to spread the cheer to her and start her own MJ closet.

Amanda Lee - October 25, 2017 - 4:11 pm

I gather up all of the toys my little has outgrown and give to a family in need at Christmas time.

Cyndi Roark - October 25, 2017 - 4:11 pm

I love to spread the love with holiday traditions and giving/donating to local shelters. We always donate a turkey and ham to a local kitchen that provides meals to the needy. I love spreading love for the holidays. Going to look at Christmas lights is a big deal for me. I love it!! Love baking and creating goodies with the kiddos and spending time with family and friends.

Cherita - October 25, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Love baking with my children during the holidays!!! & packaging up little boxes of sweets for others 🙂

Rachael - October 25, 2017 - 4:09 pm

Every Christmas my girls and I spread the love by packing as many operation Christmas child boxes as we can! We also love to bake or get little surprises for our neighbors (especially the elderly ones). I do this in hopes that my girls will grow up to be kind hearted and loving. I want them to realize Christmas isn’t about recieving it’s about giving. ❤️

kate - October 25, 2017 - 4:09 pm

we try to spread love in everyday, little ways. we have a christmas countdown calendar that the kids and I fill with “feel-good” activities for each day: bake cookies for a neighbor, send a card to someone just because, hug some dogs at the shelter, etc…

It’s so special coming up with these ideas together (the kids always have such great ideas!), and it helps remind us all that it’s SO much better to give than receive.

Tanya pogue - October 25, 2017 - 4:09 pm

My daughter (4) and I love baking cookies for all of our neighbors every year . We can’t wait to have our house smelling of sweet sugar cookies.

Sara Hancock - October 25, 2017 - 4:07 pm

I love Thanksgiving and Christmas time and enjoy spreading the love to those in my community. I plan to spread the love to strangers in my community by purchasing a cup of coffee, food item, groceries, or something similar at least once a week. I think this simple act of kindness goes a long way.

Melissa Jacot - October 25, 2017 - 4:07 pm

I have been in love with Matilda Jane for years. I’m not a trunk keeper, just a very loyal customer. Winning this would be so awesome! So grateful for your companies giving heart ❤️

Krystal Colon - October 25, 2017 - 4:05 pm

Every year, my kids and I collect bicycles for the homeless. We usually scour garage sales and buy used bikes….no more than $15 each b/c we like to buy at least 10-15 of them. We then donate them to a friend of ours who fixes them up for us and once they are fixed, we donate them to a homeless organization. The response from them is unforgettable!

Jennifer prichard - October 25, 2017 - 4:05 pm

My “BFF” Jessica Wallace has a daughter Quinn that turned 1 in August. She has always complimented my daughter on her cute, fashionable clothes. She doesn’t own any yet and I’d absolutely love to surprise her with Matilda Jane clothes! Her daughter is so cute and would be precious in these beautiful clothes. My daughter loves them and I would love to share the youthful, whimsical wonderful clothes with this mama and her gal. My daughter and I loooove MJ! Thank you for the opportunity!

Jennifer Riley - October 25, 2017 - 4:04 pm

Growing up, my mom always made big batches of Christmas fudge to give to our church deacons. I’m continuing the tradition this year with a bit of a twist- Christmas themed ice cream in disposable pint containers. It’s a sweet way to say thanks for your hard work all year long!

Casey Gardner - October 25, 2017 - 4:04 pm

My daughter and I like to do top secret random acts of kindness. We like to put change in a vending machine so the next person gets a free treat, pay for the person behind us in a drive thru, make treats for our local fire dept. Just small things that teaches her the gift of giving and how easy it is to bring joy to others.

Jennifer Frazzini - October 25, 2017 - 4:04 pm

During the holiday season we always like to give back as a family and with our Girl Scout troop as well. Just a week ago, our community lost a beloved police officer. Our troop will be sending many treats and meals to our local police station in his memory and also donating to his family to start a scholarship in his name. He was an only child and such a great part of our community. Our hearts are broken but we will be sure to let our officers know that we support them and will carry out his memory this season and always ❤️

Alexandria Vaughan - October 25, 2017 - 4:04 pm

I LOVE baking with my little one and taking things to neighbors, church friends, etc. watching her GIVE and showing her how one small gesture can bring happiness to others!

Ali - October 25, 2017 - 4:04 pm

I enjoy blessing others. We like to pick a family in need, who cannot afford gifts and donate gifts as well as items needed for day to day activities. It feels amazing to help others, and spread love and cheer during the Holiday season.

Christy Bertolo - October 25, 2017 - 4:03 pm

Growing up Christmas Eve was always spent with my extended family. I loved spending the evening with my mom’s whole family, my cousins, Aunts and uncles. Now that we don’t live near family I love inviting friends over to our house for Christmas Eve who don’t have family nearby to celebrate with. That is how I like to spread the cheer!

Juliene seftick - October 25, 2017 - 4:03 pm

We grew up having sparse Christmases but ones that were filled with love and family. Once my family was in a better place we wanted to share our good fortune with a family in a less fortunate situation. We decided to do a whole Christmas for a family in need-tree, dinner, presents. My kids love picking out gifts abd Christmas ornaments and I get so much joy buying a big dinner with all the trimmings. It has become one of our favorite holiday traditions and one that we all look forward to each year.

Sarah Skeuse - October 25, 2017 - 4:03 pm

We LOVE to feed parking meeters and leave a little note of Holiday Cheer on them!

Katy - October 25, 2017 - 4:02 pm

We like to “adopt” a family for Christmas and give them gifts. We also like to feed the homeless.

CHANTEL - October 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm

We like to send anonymous gifts to those in need all month long.

Erin A. - October 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm

I can’t wait until holiday season to begin donating toys and meals for the less fortunate. Our local families in need, whether experiencing medical, financial, or domestic issues, and any anything else in between deserve a moment of peace.

Alice Dix - October 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm

I’m a mom to four little girls, and while we can’t do over the top gestures for others, I’m trying really hard to teach my girls how to help others (generosity, kindness, compassion) through small ways. My oldest and I paid for a college student’s groceries when his two gift cards weren’t enough (but he didn’t know because he went to his car looking for money). My second has the sweetest heart and we talk about letting others know they matter. She started kindergarten this year and almost daily tells her teacher that she loves her. I want being kind and helping take care of others to just be natural to them! So during this holiday season, we hope to continue more of these small acts to help spread the love. Buy someone’s lunch, pay off a small layaway, deliver lunch to someone who’s busy, etc.

Emily - October 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm

We love to spread the cheer by giving back to local children who are battling cancer. My son was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma when he was almost 2 years old. He went thru 4 years of treatment and is now cancer free. Every year we do a Christmas kindness event where we sponsor children who are currently in the cancer battle and give them gifts and a night of fun with snacks and games. Having a child who battled cancer we know how finanacially stressful it can be once all the hospital bills start rolling in and the last thing a parent should have to worry about is being able to give their child a wonderful Christmas. ❤️