Post # 1
I know a lot of people like to take the opportunity to help out the less fortunate during the holidays. Since FH and I are getting married in 2014 and will start building a home/family together, I’d like to start incorporating some traditions that more so involve giving. I’d love to hear your ideas that maybe you or friends/family members do.
Something my coworker does that I think is neat is getting a group of friends together and volunteering an evening to stuffing envelopes for a local organization that helps needy families. There is probably a ton of stuff like that that most people wouldn’t think of!
Apologies if there has been a thread on this topic recently.
Post # 3
@regit45: We probably don’t do enough. We give some extra money and time to the animal shelters and rescues we are active in all year. We also give a lot to our friends who are in need. I’d rather help people I know than strangers. Maybe that is the wrong approach, but it’s what we do!
Post # 4
I try to.
A couple of weeks ago we went to Walmart and PetSmart to buy a bunch of stuff for our local animal shelter – towels, blankets, treats, dog/cat food, etc. We spend around $200 every Christmas on things like that.
I also make sure to drop off LOTS of letters to Santa at Macy’s. Their program with the Make-A-Wish Program is amazing and costs you absolutely nothing. I used to work at Make-A-Wish and I can attest to it being an absolutely amazing organization.
Other than that we donate to some food banks but thats about it.
My stepfather retired from the military and every year he buys 25 turkeys to send to deployed troops for Thanksgiving. He usually buys 50 for Christmas and sends those off.
Post # 5
The make a wish foundation raises toys for children in foster care. You get a star with the childs age & name a list of a few things they’d like, as well as their clothing sizes. You pick out gifts for the child you pick, wrap them, and then the foundation delivers them. I think it would be a really great tradition for a child, letting them help pick out gifts for someone less fortunate.
This year a club I’m part of had two stars we raised money for the gifts and then purchased them. DH and I are also guardian ad litems and our GAL program has teamed up with wish upon a star so we actually get to deliver the presents to the family’s who’s cases we work. It’s really neat seeing it all come together.
ETA:@adoc86: I was posting and didn’t see yours yet lol +1 for make a wish
Post # 6
I try to do more for the people we know or as a pay it forward kind of thing. We have some friends/coworkers/customers who have hit some hard times, sometimes jobs, sometimes health, etc. I’ve sneakily paid utilities, bought groceries and dropped them off anonymously, delivered gift cards from a secret Santa, dropped of toys from Santa, all kinds of things. I carried an old lady’s groceries out to her car for her and dropped in a gift certificate in a card from Santa. Last year hubs bought this big box of really nice chocolates and he went across the street and gave them to the ole boy that works at the gas station for his wife. I love doing that kind of more anonymous stuff, for me that’s part of the joy I get out of the season.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We should probably do more. I give money to local charities and people I know, or friends of friends, who have GiveForward type accounts to help with medical bills. My workplace is also involved in a local charity program where we buy Christmas presents and toys for needy families, so I put in money for that.
Post # 8
Instead of buying presents for each other, my new hubby’s family decides on a different charity each year and we all chip in.
Post # 9
@regit45: We don’t do any volunteer work, and its shameful. I used to buy a gift for a family in need when I worked retail. Mostly we just help out friends and family, but as far as participating in community projects we don’t. I would like to do more, but I haven’t gone about it.