December 12, 2014

Favorite Holiday Activities - Giving Back

The lovely DC girls, Mar, Cynthia and Courtney have Favorite Winter Activities as their topic today and I am going to do a slightly different twist on this one. It's the holidays and this time of year, there are lots of people that have little to celebrate whether they are unemployed, recently lost a close family member or have some other unsettling life issue. This year, while in the midst of moving, I came up with the idea of doing something special each week between Thanksgiving and Christmas to help bring cheer to someone else.  Here are some of the ideas I came up with and I hope you will chime in below in the comments section with some suggestions of your own.

1.  Salvation Army Angel Tree:  Choosing gifts for a needy child is such an easy thing to do and there are plenty of names on the tree this year.  Head to your local mall or get in touch with Salvation Army and they can get you the name of a child and their wish list.


I used runDisney bags for our angels last year!

2.  Food Bank Donation:  This time of year we are all so busy taking care of our own families that the food banks have a drop in donations.  Be sure to throw an extra couple things in your grocery cart and drop them off at the appropriate spot. Most churches have collection boxes too.

3.  Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, or whatever coffee shop you frequent:  Buy a drink for the person behind you in the drive through line.  It will make you feel wonderful and surprisingly, it may start a chain reaction. Or buy a doughnut or a box to share!



4.  Bring a holiday treat to the office:  Everyone loves a Christmas cookie, cupcake or even a salty treat, like Chex party mix!  Be sure to bring enough for everyone and spreading a little holiday cheer with food is always well received!




5. Visit a holiday light display or Santa and pay for tickets for the next family in line.  We enjoyed the little display in Portsmouth, Virginia over the Thanksgiving holiday and even took a few funny photos!



6.  Spend time with an elderly neighbor watching a Christmas program, or offer to babysit for your neighbor who does not have the money to hire a sitter.

Thanks to the DC ladies for the Friday linkup.  Be sure to check out their blogs too!  What is your favorite way to give back during the holiday season?  We would love some great ideas!



20 comments:

  1. These are really sweet ideas. I love the holiday season because everyone seems a little happier overall and in the spirit of giving.
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. I agree, in general people are nicer too!

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  2. I love all of these ideas, especially the idea of paying for somebody's coffee or doughnut. Its little things like that which can make a huge difference in somebody's day.

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    1. Kathryn, it really does. If you are having a bad day, a small act of kindness can really change your mood.

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  3. I'm so glad you posted this. It is so easy to get caught up in the frenzy and forget the reason for the season.

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    1. Everyone is so busy, but if you can do something nice even once during the holidays it will help them and you.

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  4. We always love to adopt a family in need during Christmas. This year, I hit up all the friends and family to help an old friend back home who's in desperate need of medical equipment, and is trying to raise funds entirely by himself.

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    1. That is a wonderful idea Kimberley. Your friend will really appreciate what you are doing.

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  5. Great ideas. My parents started buying two bikes (girl and boy) and give it to a family from low income housing each year for Christmas. The look on their faces is priceless. -L

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    1. We always choose a child off the Angel Tree that wants a bike. We include a helmet too, safety first!

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  6. Such great ideas! You're right that small things like paying for the coffee of the peron behind you can make such a difference. I did not know about the salvation army angel tree. I am going to look into that!

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    1. Lots of places have "angel" trees so if you can't find one through Salvation Army, you can always donate to Toys for Tots at your local fire station.

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  7. Great list. I love your take on the theme this week. I always love the giving trees that happen this time.

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  8. I love your take on the theme. These are all very sweet and considerate ideas. I think I will purchase someone's coffee this weekend.

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  9. i love this! i think just being aware that this season is actually really hard for lots of people (people with SAD, people who've lost loved ones, people who are lonely, etc) and trying to reach out is so great. thanks for your thoughtful post. :)

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  10. love this!! such wonderful ideas. I've focused more on the charitable side this holiday season instead of gift giving for the fam!

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  11. Wonderful ideas. Good deeds and kindness have a way of multiplying. <3

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