Stockings have been part of Christmas celebrations for centuries. According to Emily Spivack’s piece in The Smithsonian, the ages-old tale behind the stockings goes something like this:
“A recently widowed man and father of three girls was having a tough time making ends meet. Even though his daughters were beautiful, he worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry. St. Nicholas was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. He wanted to help but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins. And then he disappeared. The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair.”
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KAMB is neither poor nor impoverished, but our ministry does need your donation. We look forward to gifts from listeners like you to ensure that others hear of God’s grace and goodness. As a listener-funded radio station, your generosity will keep KAMB strong well past the holiday season and moving forward to connect more people to the hope and peace found only in Jesus. And while we don’t have stockings hung by the fireplace, you can drop your donation in the mail to KAMB, 90 East 16th St, Merced CA, 95340. You can also call KAMB at 800-692-5777 or visit our website by clicking here.
Merry Christmas, from all of us at Celebration Radio, KAMB.
Reference: Spivack, Emily. December 14, 2012. The Legend of the Christmas Stocking. The Smithsonian. Retrieved on December 8, 2022, from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-legend-of-the-christmas-stocking-160854441/
Congratulations! You made it to Giving Tuesday! Black Friday and Cyber Monday were all about getting those presents to give, celebrating sales and discounts to complete our shopping lists in time for Christmas Day. Giving Tuesday was created ten years ago as a global movement, encouraging people to donate to their favorite non-profit organizations.
KAMB is a registered and recognized non-profit organization; we count on listeners to financially care for this ministry. If we may, before you make a gift to KAMB or to any organization, you may want to pause and reflect for a moment on why you’re making your gift. Optimist and author, Simon Sinek said, “People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.” In other words, there’s a reason you give the gifts you do.
The Bible reminds us that our outward behavior reflects and projects what is in our hearts. Expressing our gratitude to others through giving our time, treasure, and talents come from a heart transformed by God to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. The Apostle John puts it this way: God “sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9).
As for Giving Tuesday, KAMB is immeasurably grateful for everyone who listens to our music and programming, prays for our team, and financially donates to ensure our budget needs are met. Thank you for giving your gift to KAMB to reach and bless thousands more with the hope and peace found only in Christ.