With the Christmas season upon us, it's the time of year when the thought of giving, rather than getting, should be in the forefront of everyone's mind.
Sadly that's not often the case, as with many it's about what can you do for me rather than what can I do for you.
Three soccer players from the Pleasanton Rage Soccer Club showed what giving is all about recently. The trio decided to support Paradise relief efforts following the deadly and destructive Camp Fire.
Hayden Moe, Kaia Hoyman and Reese Bayne -- each just 11 years old -- set an example many in this world could take a lesson from as they adopted three soccer players from Paradise High School that play for the Butte United Soccer Club in and around Chico. All three of the players lost everything in the fire.
The trio went on a two-week campaign for donations, working on local businesses. They ended up raising over $5,000 in cash and $4,000 worth of other donations such as hair care supplies, laptops, shoes, pajamas, water bottles, cleats and workout clothes.
In addition, each of the families received over $500 in gift cards to Target, Safeway and Costco, to name a few.
The hard work of the three girls inspired the Rage board to donate $5,000 to the Paradise High Boosters' Club to help get the soccer team back on the field with warmup jackets and uniforms.
It didn't end there. The passion of the girls got the Rage community to adopt four additional families, and another $5,000 was raised for those families.
Finally, the weekend of Dec. 15-16 the Rage hosted a Full Pitch Soccer Academy that was run by U.S. Women's National Team players Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx and Christie Pearce Rampone.
Two of the Paradise girls -- Nyah Attaway and Carly Settles -- were invited to attend the clinic free-of-charge and were housed by the Moe family for the weekend.
It was a great, cathartic experience for both the Rage players as well as their soccer-playing sisterhood from Paradise. There was no agenda, no political turmoil, nothing that is plaguing this country today.
Just innocent human nature at its finest.
I have been critical of this generation for being entitled and I still believe entitlement and the lack of accountability are causing problems in society. But when you see the pure generosity of kids like Moe, Hoyman and Bayne, it can only make you smile.
My greatest hope is the actions of the three can rub off on others. Their mission united the Rage organization, and hopefully influences others.
If the actions of just three girls can generate so much inspiration from others in the community, it can only mean great things lie ahead. Congratulations and thank-yous must go out to both the families of the three girls for raising such wonderful people, as well as the Rage program for getting behind the effort.
A job well done.