Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Dawn Boyle
The holidays are such a stressful time of year. There is so much running around. You never have enough time and if you are anything like me you are feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of not having everything perfect. If there is anything you take away from what I write, I hope you get something from this post.

Over the past few years I have gotten involved with giving back during the holidays. We have collected and donated food for Outreach in my church. We have donated an entire Thanksgiving feast for a needy family and helped another family with gifts for their children for Christmas. There is nothing better then the incredibly good feeling you recieve from being charitable. It has actually made the holidays have more meaning for our family. When you think of all the time and money you spend over the holiday season, this small gesture is much more rewarding than watching your kids get everything they wanted on their list from Santa.

This year more than ever people need help! Try to do something to help others and remember the true meaning of the holiday season. Below are a few links and ideas for you to get started!!

Search the Internet for soup kitchens in your area. There may be advertisements in the paper or online on sites such as Craigslist asking for people to help out on Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
  • Check 1800volunteer.org or http://www.cns.gov (Corporation for National Community Service) for possible volunteer opportunities in your area.
  • Other places include the Salvation Army, Rescue Mission and your local church, synagogue or other place of worship.
  • Your workplace might be organizing something. Check your internal bulletin board or leave a request on it to have others contact you if they need helpers.

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