Christmas is coming up fast. In the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to take some time to give back. I’m going to pause for a moment to say that though I use the words “give back”, I don’t mean that you should only give if someone has given something to you. I mean give back as in “you are blessed, pass on some of that to someone who needs it.” Ok…back to our regularly scheduled program.
I love volunteering and trying to find ways to give to others. My boss has said that I need a sign that says “Please stop me from volunteering!” because I’m always signing up for things. While Christmas time is definitely NOT the ONLY time to give back, it is often a time that families need a little extra help.
This past weekend, me and my friend Erin packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (US site/CAD site). Shoeboxes are stuffed with goodies and sent to children in need around the world. I like to stuff shoeboxes because you can help multiple children without huge outlays of cash. It is also a great way to get your children involved. Erin and I each stuffed 5 boxes for less $100. It’s easy and relatively quick. Note, though, that pick up week is right around the corner (next week!) so you will have to move fast if you want to participate.
One of the other ways I like to give back is to adopt a family. There are many organizations that will set you up with a family to adopt. Our team at work almost always adopts a family. When I saw that we hadn’t put up our hand this year, I…you guessed it….volunteered to head up our adopt a family program. You can choose how big a family to adopt so this is a great option for any group large or small.
Sound like too much of a time commitment? Well, look out for Angel trees at your nearest mall. These often have names and info on gifts needed that you can buy and then bring back to the service desk. Easy peasy. Also giving money or food to the food bank is a worth while cause any time of year.