Giving instead of receiving this holiday season
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 04:07:46 GMT —
Stores throughout the country have been full of shoppers.
Everybody is trying to get those last minute gifts taken care of, but not everybody is fortunate enough have the option to just run to the mall for extra gifts.
For one family in Fulton, this holiday season is about giving, not receiving.
Crystal and warren Scoggins have five children, but not all of them have been with them since birth.
William, 15, Ryan, 14, and Miranda, 11, are siblings the Scoggins adopted just before Christmas three years ago.
"When I was younger, I never really had a family, I was like always by myself," adopted son William Scoggins said. "I TMm a part of this family because they treat me like I TMm a human being."
His adopted mother, Crystal said it was important they keep the siblings together.
"I don't think it was right that they would have to be separated period, let alone, during the holidays," Crystal said. "I just thought it was very important that they stay together."
For the Scoggins family this season is a time for giving not receiving.
Each year they take three names of children in need off the Salvation Army Angel Tree at Wal-Mart.
"If I TMm giving someone or if I TMm helping someone, I feel like I TMve received a gift of helping, daughter, Casandra said. I don't need money, I don't need a gift, and I don't need a present or a toy. Knowing that I TMve helped somebody is good enough for me."
"People out there need more than we do. We've got a place to lay our heads and some people don't," father, Warren Scoggins said.
The Scoggins also try to donate a ham and turkey to a family who can't afford one.
"We lead a normal life, like anybody else, I mean, we struggle everyday but we make things happen and I just feel that everyday should be special, but holidays are extra special to us," crystal said.
Employees at the Wal-Mart stores in Jefferson City, Fulton and Columbia said their Salvation Army angel trees are no longer at the stores since all of the gifts on the tree have been bought.