'Tis the season of giving!
For many reasons, this is my most favorite time of the year. But the best reason is that there are a plethora of opportunities for giving and so many people who are willing to give.
Little do they know, but my kids are about to embark upon their 2nd Giving Elves journey (you can read about our 1st adventure here) -- a month(ish) of daily giving with them. Cue the insanity! More to come on this soon.
For me, GIVING is acts of kindness, volunteering/service, donating to non-profits AND everything in between.
When you're figuring out how you can give this season, think about these areas. What do you have that you are able to give right now?
- Do you simply want to make someone smile? Or do you only have a few free moments to spare? You could actively engage with helping people in a way that you ordinarily wouldn't do (i.e. help carry groceries), anonymously buy someone a coffee, leave notes of positivity -- this list is endless!
- Do you have time and/or skills that you can offer? There is surely an organization that could use your help! You could offer your technology skills, legal expertise, construction background, help with painting, coding, stuffing envelopes, web design, wrapping gifts, photography skills, and on and on.
- Do you have some money that you have set aside to donate or to purchase needed items for an organization? Make a donation or ask a non-profit what supplies or items they need (it is best not to assume, so you can best address their needs!).
Whatever you may have...give if you can! Include your children. It makes this world a little bit better, makes a difference to the recipient(s), it will keep you centered amidst the chaos, and it is greatly appreciated.
Giving is valuable.
This is a time of year that can be festive and full of social gatherings and celebration. But for some, it can highlight loss, can be stressful due to added expenses, can cause further suffering with weather conditions and can bring forth feelings of loneliness, isolation, and vulnerability.
Use your giving this season as a jumping off point for giving year round. You and your family can give biannually or seasonally or monthly or however it works for you. But do give. And please share with us how you are giving so that we can celebrate!
Happy Giving and Happy Giving Season!