Christmas is an important time of year for Louri Snider because her son Mark loved Christmas and this will be the first time the holiday rolls around and he won’t be a part of it after he committed suicide earlier this year.
Snider created Baseball for Dad to honour her son and is planning to hold a Christmas giveaway contest over 12 days in December centred around acts of kindness. “He was always a big kid at heart,” Snider says of her son. “It’s going to be a rough year without him so what can we do to honour his memory?”
You can nominate someone in the community to get one of the prizes and from the 13th to the 24th a name will be chosen. Snider says Isaiah & Company from Stirling, Ontario have already signed up to donate a present and others have dropped off cash donations to help Snider buy gifts.
She hopes more businesses step-up and donate presents.
Snider said this time of year was always a big deal for Mark. She says he was always first-in-line to get the tree up and decorate it.
Snider points out that some kids get bullied in school, which is why she wants to bring the contest to three local schools. She says a sheet will be handed out with various acts of kindness on them and for every one that a student does, they get their name entered into a draw for a prize.
“Talking to so many families who have lost children to suicide or people that are struggling with mental health is all seems to go back to kindness,” Snider says. That’s why she hopes this giveaway catches on in the community. “I’ve come to realize that kindness is contagious,” she says. Simply giving someone a high five or smiling at them could change their day.
“Kindness changes lives,” Snider says. “If we could promote kindness in our community and schools how great would that be?”