Better To Give Than To Receive

This article informs readers of ways to truly celebrate the "reason for the season" at Christmas time. Learn how you and your family can spread Christmas cheer and put a smile on someones face...

It’s hard to believe Christmas is only a few short weeks away! If you are a parent like me, I’m sure that you’ve already starting thinking about what you are going to purchase for your kids this Christmas. Some of you may have already picked up a few items on your list.

Every year around Christmas time my family and I try to come up with ways in which we can help others in need. Be it volunteering at a soup kitchen, donating toys or giving clothing, we do our best to give to others that are less fortunate than us. Considering the fact that many kids growing up today are out of touch and feel entitled, we definitely want to raise children who understand that they are truly blessed in comparison to their counterparts throughout the world.

A good way to foster this value is to get your kids involved in the giving process. There are so many ways in which you can do this around the holidays. There are a few things that we will do this year as a family unit. First we are going to collect gently used coats that we don’t wear anymore and donate them to MOPS. We are also going to purchase a few small toys to donate to Toys for Tots. I know that for many, this is a tough time eeconomically, but we all can help in some way. Even if you can’t donate items, you can donate your time. Have you ever considered volunteering to pass out gifts or toys at a toy drive? This is an easy and very rewarding way to get your kids involved. This also gives you an opportunity to see first-hand the smiles that you put on other faces, by simply donating a little bit of time.

If you are interested in learning more information about ways to donate or volunteer you can check out http://www.ehow.com/how_5529196_needy-atlanta-area-christmas-gifts.html. Here’s to a happy, safe and giving filled holiday season. See you around the neighborhood with donations in tow!

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Marc Richardson November 30, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Thanks for writing this and sharing this great information.


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