How do you give back around the holidays?

posted 8 months ago in Holidays
Post # 2
2917 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

MrsGirlyGirl :  I give $$ to local animal rescues every year, not as much as I wish I could but everything helps!

Post # 3
694 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

MrsGirlyGirl :  We chose 5 ornaments off the tree of giving at church this year and I spoiled the kids we chose for. It filled all of our hearts to know that we were able to help those families out. 

Post # 4
7375 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We have so many opportunities to give back at work. This year we “adopted” a couple of families and provided gifts and food for Christmas. I also contributed a couple of gifts to the local club that kids in need hang out at after school. On DH’s side we donate the money we would spend on siblings and parents to the Ronald McDonald House in memory of his brother.

My absolute favorite is volunteering though. We have a “shop” called the Toy Room that is run by the local child/social services chapter. They invite in parents of needy families as well as foster parents to “shop” for about $75-$100 worth of donated toys. The toys are all donations and brand new and they are NICE! Not what I thought it would be the first time I volunteered. This week we were actually super backed up because we were receiving so many items but what a great problem to have.

Prior to my first volunteer shift this week I was really struggling to find my “Christmas Spirit” and since then I’ve really felt a turn around in my mood. I can’t wait to go back again next week! 

Post # 5
1070 posts
Bumble bee

Every winter we keep a bag of warm hats in the car and if any member of the family sees a homeless person without a hat on we stop and give them one. We’ve been doing it for 13 years.

Post # 6
47176 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Years ago, we started sponsoring a family at Christmas. We buy gifts for the family and provide everything they need for Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as staples that will last for weeks. Being a single parent myself, I always chose a single parent family.

Now we have stretched our involvement to last year long, involving birthdays, back to school and “for no good reason” days.

Most of us have so much and don’t even realize the good we can do with money that we just waste on things like white elephant exchanges at work and with friends.

Post # 7
1360 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

MrsGirlyGirl :  every year I have a Christmas party with my friends and I say the “ticket” to get in is one toy and one non-perishable foot item. This year I opened it up to my gym class friends as well. I’m about to donate 4 huge bags of grocery and a giant bin of toys tomorrow ☺️

Post # 8
1180 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I volunteer to ring the bell for the Salvation Army 2 hours a week, my Kiwanis Club with 20 members raised $25,000 to take 100 kids Christmas shopping. 

Post # 9
1976 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I have one week off between Christmas and New Year’s, I always donate my time to Casey’s House in Toronto. We try to volunteer as much as we can.

Post # 10
1575 posts
Bumble bee

I’ll be donating time working in a kitchen at a large local charity making meals for those doing it tough.

Post # 11
77 posts
Worker bee

We don’t do something specific for the holidays, but I volunteer weekly at a children’s hospice, bi-weekly with a literacy org, and throughout the year (bulk of the work is in the summer) with a camp for kids with cancer. I guess I technically participate in all of the afformentioned’s holiday-specific events but it doesn’t feel like extra work. 

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