Plato learns that Annie and Zach are collecting canned goods for a homeless shelter, but their first priority is the rewards they'll get instead of helping the hungry, to the point where they argue over who should be recognized first at a celebration. He tries to explain how true giving requires selflessness, as shown in the story of "Rocking-Horse Land" where it's done between friends, and how it can be more satisfactory than receiving by telling "Old Man Rabbit's Thanksgiving Dinner". "The Gift of the Magi" is read as a reminder that even the thought of attempting to give something helps since it's the thought that counts. Even the poem "Count That Day Lost" is read as a reminder of exactly what giving, in any form, is worth in life.
Did You Know?
The name of the main character of the story "Old Man Rabbit's Thanksgiving Dinner" was changed to Old Mr. Rabbit to sound more respectful. Also, the ending of this story was changed to emphasize the point of giving without expecting thanks. See more
[precariously balancing cans over his head in the shape of its letters
Hey, look, everybody. I spelled my name too.
Wow, that's great, Sock. There's just one thing wrong.
[letting go in surprise
[they tumble to the ground around him
The Heart Gives
Composed by J.A.C. Redford
and Marcus Hummon
Performed by Rick Logan See more