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Remember To Be Generous This Holiday

Be Generous This Holiday Season

Life seems to speed up during the holidays. Our extra time is devoted to decorating, shopping, gift wrapping, and we seldom think of much else. Well, we want to remind everyone to be generous during the holidays. There are so many out there who won’t be getting anything this year.

Gift Baskets Are A Great Way To Be Generous During The Holidays

Gourmet Gift BasketCome up with a way you can be generous this holiday season to those in need. Here are a few ideas:

  • Have your local florist deliver a fresh-fruit gift basket to a nursing home.
  • Have a gift basket delivered to your local shelter.
  • Send a gift basket to someone’s home who can no longer get out

You can also show your generosity by:

  • Volunteering at your local shelter or soup kitchen
  • Donate to your local food bank
  • Volunteer at a local nursing home or hospice
  • Donate old coats and jackets to the needy
  • Donate to kids in need through programs set up by local schools
  • Donate toys for kids in need through local charities.
  • Encourage friends to do the same

If we all do just ONE thing from these lists, imagine the difference it could make in the lives of so many.

My Story of Holiday Generosity

One of my favorite memories of the season is actually from my high school years. There was a teacher who got a little wrapped gift for every single student in the whole high school, from 7th to 12th grade. This teacher didn’t drive a fancy car, or wear fancy clothes, or live in a big fancy house. She was admittedly poor herself, but her heart wouldn’t.. no, couldn’t let a single kid go without receiving something for the holidays. The gifts she gave were nothing fancy either. You might get a pair of used wool socks (I did one year) or some little hand-me-down something from one of her kids, but we knew she gave all she could. She didn’t see the gift as the important part, but the act of giving and generosity was something she wanted those who knew her to focus on. I will never forget you, Mrs. Lopez.

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