There are so many things that are great about Christmas. The dull winter is brightened by colorful lights, boring nights are suddenly filled with festive holiday activities, but the best part of all is the Christmas spirit that everyone seems to catch. Is it just me, or is the Christmas spirit infectious? Young people, old people, it doesn’t matter. We all want to give and show love to our fellow man. It’s really the most wonderful time of the year!
Every year, for as long as I can remember, I have donated toys to a local Toys for Tots program. I also give to specific children in my daughter’s daycare who are in need. Last year I bought a couple of outfits and a coat for a child that I knew could use it, and I give books to all of her classmates every year. Working at a non-profit that serves impoverished children, my colleagues and I give year round. Christmas is just the time that we wrap what we do up in pretty paper!
Also, it’s amazing the number of families that we serve in our organization who are willing to give to others. Recently, the mother of a family of 7 (!) baked cupcakes for our middle school girls to raise funds for a trip…and none of her children were even going on the trip! As a single mom, I appreciate seeing that it doesn’t matter how much money you have…anyone can give.
This year, I’m participating in Champions for Kids‘ Simple Service Project. Champions for Kids is mobilizing millions of people to improve the lives of kids, and they’re making it really easy for folks to participate. Every month, a simple service project is posted. You sign up and share when it’s done. This month, the project is the Disney Stocking Stuffer Celebration. Ayva and I are going to go shopping for one of her classmates who is having surgery next week. Her father just started a new job, and her mom (also Ayva’s teacher) is in school, but will need to take off from work and school to take care of her little one after the surgery. Being able to relieve some of the pressure of worrying about Christmas gifts will ensure that the little girl’s mom is able to devote lots of time to cuddling and kisses!
Check out Champions for Kids on Facebook or Twitter, and if you’re around stop by for the twitter party on December 15th at 9 PM. Follow the hashtags #DisneyCFK and #CBias to stay informed!
How do you give back during the holidays? Do you give time? Money? Both?
*Disclosure – This shop was compensated as part of a social shopper’s insight study by Collective Bias (#CBias). All opinions are my own.