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Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

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GivingBackGiving back is something that should be carried on throughout the year, but around the holidays the spirit of giving is ubiquitous. The holidays can be especially hard for a lot of families who are struggling. Warm clothes, clean sheets and toys are things we take for granted, but if we all do a little extra to help it adds up. Even just brightening someone’s day with a small act of kindness goes a long way. Below are a few ways that have inspired us to give back.

Host a toy drive: It’s a great way to get some friends together for a fun night and to support a charity that helps children. Everyone brings an unwrapped toy for a child that you can deliver to an organization you trust. Baby2Baby is a great one in the LA Area.

Pay it forward and pick up a stranger’s tab: This is inspired by my husband who, (going to dote for a sec) on several occasions, has done this. The other day I was waiting in the car with Romeo while Zan ran into a small grocery store. When he got back into the car he waved to a lady as we were pulling away.  Her faced brightened and she gave an exicted wave back and said “Thank you so much, God bless you!” I mentioned, “Wow she was extremely friendly” and then he informed me that he just paid for her groceries. I knew I married the right man! Even just a coffee or just picking up the cost of parking for the car behind you. A small deed and a few dollars can go a long way.

Put together care packages to hand out to the homeless: Depending on your climate and where you live, fill paper bags with gloves, socks and everyday essentials like toothbrushes, soap, etc. You can even make homemade cookies to add to the care bags. Gift cards are good too. Then hand them out to homeless people in or around your community or drop them off at a shelter.

Give thanks to your local fire fighters: They’re saving lives every day and would be the first ones to the scene if, God forbid, you ever have an emergency. Around this time of year it’s nice to give a little extra thanks by doing something special for them. Buy your local station lunch, drop off yummy donuts and coffee one morning or make a donation. They really do appreciate it!

Comfort the elderly: Growing up, I volunteered at the Senior Center in my hometown. I would play board games with the seniors, eat lunch or just listen to their stories. They’re at the center all day, some don’t have family who visit them and most of the time they adore having a few visitors who drop in to say hi. One year my friend Leah and I even went Christmas caroling at a Senior Center. It was a true blessing to see their smiles, even with our crackly and way out of tune voices ; )  You can learn a lot from their stories too. It puts everything in perspective showing how fast life goes by.

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8 responses to Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

  1. sharon
    November 12, 2013

    good reason to be very proud of your husband. i often buy the meal for the person behind me in the drive through line, its so good for the kids to see you do this, not bragging or showing off, just setting a good example. thanks!

    1. Eden
      November 12, 2013

      That’s a great idea sharon! I want to try that next time! And I totally agree, lead by example. It’s really the only way 🙂

  2. Terri A
    November 12, 2013

    Best blog post today. I love all the ideas and hope to put some to use this holiday. Thanks!

    1. Eden
      November 12, 2013

      Awe! Thanks Terri! Maybe I should more like this then, hehe 🙂

  3. Natalie
    November 13, 2013

    Great ideas Eden! Thanks for the inspiration. I’d love to go caroling at a senior center…seeing their faces light up makes me so happy =)

    1. Eden
      November 18, 2013

      Thanks Natalie! Definitely do it and let me know how it goes! 😉

  4. November 13, 2013

    I love the idea of paying for someone’s something. I will do that. Thanks for the idea.
    Judy

    1. Eden
      November 18, 2013

      Thanks Judy! It’s an amazing feeling to know you brightened someone’s day!

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