By Alura Denver (Alura Messing)
Holiday Season is all about spending time with family and friends
regardless of what religion you follow. No matter what community we
spend our time in here in Second Life, we all find some way to celebrate
with the people we spend our time with. The "Family/Kid" role playing
community feels the holidays even more than some others since "family"
and "community" are at the very heart of the holidays. But not every
kid has a family and some families are not here for the SL holidays,
because they are off in real life celebrating, or on vacation. So, many
who role play little kids are left alone with no one to spend time
with. This year however, a small dent is being put into that
loneliness. Sweet Tots store reached out to their customers and the kid
community to host the first ever "Giving Tree and Sponsor an SL Child"
for the Holidays.
Sweetiepie Riggles the owner
of Sweet Tots was approached by her SL sister Cryssie ｱєνєηѕєу Tiepolo
яιℓєу (Crystalle Qork) with the idea for this because she herself was a
kid with no family for the holidays. As the two talked over the
details and opportunities they could see with the event, they got so
excited that they started it two weeks early to give the kids even more
time to make plans and interact with sponsors if they chose to.
they soon found, was that they had more response from people wanting to
help and sponsor kids, than they did have kids. "At first pepols was
scared to sign up. Sometimes pepols judge kids for being needy. but but
the role of RPing a kids is being able to provide for us selves." said
Cryssie "Lots of times kids are afraids to ask for help. Thems not wanna
seem too needy." But they found a way around this fear by asking the
community to refer kids to them as well as sponsor, in a notecard that
the sent to their whole customer base.
the deadline for applications passed, Cryssie set up an "Angel Wall"
that people could go to to pick kids to help. This was set up as an
activity for families so they could role play doing this together.
Depending on what the kid wanted to do (just get a present or spend time
with a family) the sponsor was then able to contact the kid and share
the gift or arrange an activity for them to join. Some kids might just
RP a nice dinner or maybe time with Christmas Jammies, hot coco and
stories. At that point it was all up to them.
outcome of the event was a smashing success. Some of the families fell
in love with the kids they sponsored and asked them to join their
families and adopted them. Others just got the joy of opening not just
the one thing they hoped for, but a whole slew of presents. "Every kids
that signed up gotta present whether they asked for it or not! I had 3
stores donate toys and stuff and 5 stores donate clothing but but Sweet
Tots donated huge gift cards to all the kids that signed up. So each
box has about 25-30 presents" said Cryssie.
(0ojazzyd0o) was one of the participants this year. She and her
sponsor spoke a few times about things she liked and what they were
going to do to celebrate. When I spoke with Cutiepie she was looking
forward to having dinner with her family, playing some games and
exchanging some presents. When I asked her if she would do it again she
absolutely lit up with excitement and said " i enjoyed doing it yes and
if i chould do it a gan tomarow .... i got lots of gitf all readyy from
some of the sponcers of the giving tree in cluding bubblegum and sweet
tots and raynas closet. i saport sweet tots and thought it was a realy
cool i dea to have a giving event."
With such a
successful event and so many wonderful experiences coming out of it I
asked Cryssie if she would consider doing it again next year. Her
immediate response was, "yes! I hope to do it for many many many many
many years to come. I like knowing the lil bit effort helps sooooo
many kids." So be sure to look into it next year if you would like to
donate or participate and share in some holiday love.
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