>Joy of Giving

>HP is giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars of computer equipment this Christmas. Some of the sites that has a giveaway going on now are Stop, Drop, and Blog, Living in Theory, and Geeks Room.

My husband and I are very blessed. We both have decent jobs (so far, at least), and we’re only in debt for the house and our single car. I’m lucky enough to be working in a community theatre, which touches the lives of patrons, volunteers, and students every day. Tim and I can afford to buy Christmas gifts, go out to eat, and take very good care of our eight rescue cats. We cannot afford to buy, or at least we can’t justify buying, a laptop computer. That’s the main reason that I am trying to win one of these HP Magic packages. Also the Media Connect would be really cool to have.

I would like to give one of the computers to my in-laws, who don’t have a computer at all. Maybe it would be the desktop or maybe the HP mini would be enough for them. I figure they will mainly use it for e-mail with their three children and only granddaughter, and perhaps they’ll occasionally check out a website. They have complained that companies, organizers and the news media just assume everyone has internet access and they can’t follow the links to get more information or fill out forms. I’ll give them the printer, too, so they can print photos that are e-mailed to them. It would be so nice to be able to e-mail them information about a recall, or a promising cancer treatment (FIL has cancer), or just to send photos. They live in a small town, sort of near their oldest son, but hours away from DH and his sister.

One of the computers I will donate to Pensacola Little Theatre. It’s a non-profit organization, and I happen to work there. The computers we have are decent, but they are slow and sometimes lock-up. A laptop computer could also be used to run sound effects for the traveling shows we take to schools and the productions we do in our black box theatre. It would give a lot more control to the sound operator than trying to hit the cues just right on a portable CD player.

The fourth computer in the package, I will give to a deserving young person. I will ask around at the theatre and contact friends who work at other non-profit organizations. I would like to find a young person who does well in school, is respectful and a contributing member of his or her community, someone whose family just doesn’t have the money to provide a home computer. Not only will the gift help that person, but it might show others that being a good person can lead to rewards “just because.”

When I was a child, Christmas was all about what I got. Now, I buy for myself most of what I want. I enjoy the pleasure of watching someone else receive something special. As I said, we’re doing okay financially, but I’m not really in a position to surprise total strangers with really nice gifts, especially not something like a computer. This competition would allow me to play Santa and give someone else a very special Christmas. You can’t buy joy like that.


About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have three cats and a husband.
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5 Responses to >Joy of Giving

  1. Jolly Joan says:

    >Some of us would say that the highest act of love and humility would be to give to our in-laws 🙂 –but apparently you’ve got some great ones. I appreciate not only your generous spirit, but your gratitude for what you have personally been blessed with. Thank you for sharing!

  2. z. Smith says:

    >Wow you really have a plan in place. I can not image not having a computer in today’s world. I am sure you in-laws would be pleasantly surprised!I agree with you, now that I am older seeing the light on the faces of those I love is the joy of the season.

  3. >That would be very magical – to find a person you don’t know who would be so deserving to enjoy a new computer! I wonder if some of the people at HP are watching these contests unfold and feeling a little bit of that as each contest is won! Good luck to you!

  4. >I loved reading about your work with the local theater. My mom volunteered her time as a costumer for our local play house and it was always fun, growing up, to go to the theater, see “her” costumes, and see all the fun plays. It was also awesome to see how many lives were impacted there… people that were in the plays that were able to put their talents to good use, people in the audience that left with smiles on their faces, and the community that benefited from this place that relied on so much community volunteering.I also know that they were often short on resources, so I can identify with your desire to donate some of the product to your play house.And, sounds like your in laws could definitely use the product as well.Good luck with the contest. And, enjoy a happy holiday season.

  5. Gwynne says:

    >What wonderful ideas for the prize package! A computer for the production company could touch so many people!Blessings and good luck!

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