"I was blessed with two loving parents that were very giving. One Christmas I asked my mom, 'Why are you going to work? Stay home, all the moms stay home.' She replied, 'No no, I need to go to work so you can live in this nice house and go to your private school. I'm still here.' I feel like I had a super woman for a mom. She ran her business, she ran home to feed us, ate dinner with us.
"Another Christmas she was so tired Christmas Eve that she couldn't wrap all the presents so she put them in the bathtub to hide them. I remember going in there in the middle of the night and I noticed something popping out of the tub, so I went over to see what it was. I found all my toys the day before Christmas. She said, 'Wow, Santa must of come early. He knows how good you are.'
"I like to give others presents year round. I teach my kids to give not just at Christmas, but when it will help others. When people least expect it. I know an older lady who lives in her car and I know where she stations the car. Our kids were saying, 'I know Santa isn't going to her house because she doesn't have one so Santa can't go there.' My daughter said, 'Can we wrap some gifts and give them to her?' I thought that was nice and it came from her. So we did that last year and we are planning on doing it again this year. So, tonight we'll wrap some gifts and drop them off to her.
"We know of some random people that live under a bridge and near the freeway. When people think, 'Well, who should I give to?', you don't have to know their names. I don't like to give presents to people I know because it's like expected. I'd rather give to a random person that doesn't know me. I just get more pleasure out of it. I feel that it isn't an obligation but it came from my heart."
~ Alexandra (Owner of Ocean Breeze Spa Salon, Downey)