10 Days of Gratitude until Christmas – Day 3 -Time of Giving!

I would like to say that this time of year offers so many great opportunities to give.

Now I hear lots on this subject online and people saying that we should give all year round. Yes, that is correct, but I really think that these people should lay off others for giving only once a year.

I find it really sad,that even when people do only give once a year, they get criticized for it.

I applaud anyone who gives anything to anyone at this time of the year. What you are doing matters to someone and its appreciated.

There are many ways you can get involved in giving.

In my area, there is toy mountain, the snowsuit fund, the local hospitals, habitat for humanity, the mission, every charity in the area are looking for time and donations of all kinds.

The more people donate at this time of year, the longer the donations will last through the course of the winter which helps everyone. I like donating actual stuff more than money. I figure blankets, jackets, toys are going to last longer than money would. But that’s my personal preference.  Men’s missions like deodorant, socks, toothbrushes etc. Because they can give that stuff throughout the year. I also donated one year to a schools breakfast club. I liked that very much.

Although it’s been said that you should not advertise when or who you donate to of your good deeds, I will differ from this statement.

If you need to advertise what a great person you are, and others benefit from it. You go ahead and write it down for the whole world to see. You toot your horn all over the map. I will be the first to like your comments.

I would rather see people getting help than take the time to criticize someone advertising it. A good deed is a good deed.

The only people I would not endorse in this case are the ones saying they do and then don’t. Not cool at all. But other than that. You do it and write about it and then do some more and write about it again. I’m sure the needy won’t give a hoot who you tell as long as they are getting the help.

Don’t know where to give? Your local supermarket might know, your church. Your community people and if all else fails, Mr. Google is always handy to let you know where you can donate.

The only thing I would say to you at this point is try to do research if you are handing out money, some organizations take a lot of cash to run and some places take a lot more money than others on admin fees. So I would do your research. Make sure your money is going to the people who need it.

Beyond that. Giving at Christmas is great. Its sharing your blessings and happiness with others who need help and I am grateful that I can be part of that. It brings us closer to feeling like we are all sharing on this planet with each other and that we are all part of it.

In the world we live in, it’s a message that is very important now even more than ever.


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