Last year my daughter worked in a ministry reaching out to disadvantaged women in one of South Asia’s largest cities. We planned to visit a Christmas and she asked us to bring a stack of those famously red to-go coffee cups so her team could drink their coffee from them at Christmas brunch. We did, and she surprised them with the familiar reminder from home. I don’t think they would have cared one bit if it had been this year’s cup without the explicit holiday design.
Besides seeing how thrilled these Americans overseas were to get their coffee in the red cups on Christmas morning, the best part of this story is our conversation with the folks at the coffee shop when we asked for their help before the trip:
“I was wondering if it’s possible to get about twenty of your red cups. Our daughter is overseas working with a non-profit ministry and we’re visiting her for Christmas. She asked if we could bring some for her and her coworkers to use Christmas morning because the don’t have a Starbucks in their city.”
“This is the best reason I’ve ever heard to get extra cups. Is twenty enough?”
“Plenty. I think we need some lids too, just in case.”
“Of course! Please tell her we hope she enjoys her coffee when she drinks out of our cups.”
So if anyone tries to tell you that corporate coffee shops in America don’t support celebrating Christmas, feel free to tell them my daughter’s story.