My husband & I read this book for the first time about 5 or 6 years ago. We were hooked and immediately got out a jar to start filling. Our 4 children have taken such pride in putting money in the jar and often contribute more than we can. Every year on Christmas Eve, we have taken the jar and a book and anonymously put them in a porch of a family in need. We have not known these families or their reaction to this, but we hope they have been positively impacted by the Christmas Jars story. I know our family has.