It's the Giving Season! Do you give to charities? How/what do you give?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Do you give? If so, how/what do you give?
    Yes, I always try to give something. : (15 votes)
    23 %
    It depends on my circumstances. : (7 votes)
    11 %
    No, I choose not to give anything (money, time or items). : (4 votes)
    6 %
    I give money. : (13 votes)
    20 %
    I donate goods/items. : (19 votes)
    29 %
    I volunteer my time/skills. : (6 votes)
    9 %
    I give in other ways (please explain below). : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 4
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    1568 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @bmo88:  I have our almost 3 year old pick out 2 toys (one boy and one girl) to give to other families who are less fortunate, I always give $1 – $10 to the red kettle campaign when I leave the store. And I volunteer at the Salvation Army during the christmas season. I love doing it and I am on a very limited budget so the little that we do is all we can do…but we are happy to do it. 

    Post # 5
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    1298 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    DH and I give monetary donations to various causes throughout the year. We also ‘adopt’ a couple kids at the local Salvation Army angel tree to buy them clothiers and gifts. We’be done the angel tree thing since the first Christmas we were dating. 

    Post # 7
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    950 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I donate food to our food bank and winter clothes/blankets to the homeless shelters.  I like giving things rather than money so it feels more useful.

    Post # 8
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    4468 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @bmo88:  We donate a fair amount of money to our charities of choice throughout the year, plus we donate clothing, toys and other items. We feel it’s really important to give back to our community now that we are in a financial position to do so!

    Post # 9
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    1568 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @bmo88:  Truthfully speaking, I cannot afford it. But I know what its like to be on the receiving end. I have been on it many times while picking myself up from my first marriage that ended in divorce. I was a single mom making less than 8K a year it was hard. Christmas didnt even exist one year for me instead of buying my son presnets my family bought him presents and the salvation army gave me some to give to him. It was amazing that my son got something to open that christmas. I now am an engaged bee making 32K (nothing too big) and I am living more than paycheck to paycheck but I know there are people living in way worst circumstances on christmas. Me and my fiance have also vowed that when we have our own house and we are married that I would like to take a homeless women and child in for christmas eve and christmas. Obviously this will have to be when we are a little more well off. 

     

    Post # 10
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    3778 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I try to volunteer since I don’t have much money to give. This year I’m actually very involved with a local program that puts together gift and food baskets to over 500 families. Right now I match up donors to families and also in charge of putting together a basket for the family that a club I belong to ‘adopted’.

    In the past (and this year too) I’ve gotten a group together to go Caroling for Canned goods. We give the food to the local food pantry.

    Post # 11
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    2687 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

    @bmo88:  My boyfriend and I try to go to Toys R Us every year, buy some toys, and then just drop them off right at the “toys for tots” boxes at the exit. 

    Post # 13
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    3778 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @bmo88:  it really is incredible. This is only my 2nd Christmas living in the area and I didn’t know it existed last year. The sheer amount of donations people bring in, from new bikes to local buisinesses donating services such as ac/heating repair, is AMAZING. I’m so glad I’m getting to help out as much as I do, makes me feel better about not having a full time job. 

    Post # 14
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    4601 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    It depends on our circumstances. This year, we’re not as able to donate as much as we have in the past. Our city has a food drive that we always give to and we always donate toys to Toys for Tots. 

    Post # 15
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    5295 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I run a food drive at my work each year at Christmas time and drop it off at the local food bank. I also like to give to Toy Mountain for children each year. I wish that DH and I had the time to volunteer cause I would love that but our work schedules dont give us much time

    Post # 16
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    212 posts
    Helper bee

    This year, in lieu of getting each other big gifts, SO and I have each chosen 3 charities for the other to donate to. This is our first Christmas together but I hope this is a tradition that we keep every year. We both feel that we are already so blessed and lucky that others could use the money more, and honestly if we want anything we just buy it for ourselves throughout the year. This was his idea and it just showed me how lucky I am to have such a caring and selfless guy by my side.

    SO also regularly volunteers time at the animal shelter where our cats and dog are from and I’ve spent some time volunteering at homeless shelters.

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