The Christmas season is a time of giving, whether it be to family and friends, or someone you don’t know. Giving to someone else can give you a feeling of warmth because you know you are helping someone who might have nothing at all. There are charities you can donate to, and you can also simply do something nice for someone else. Here are a few of the best options for helping others this season and spreading true Christmas spirit.
Most churches know of a family who needs help for Christmas. There might be a single parent trying to support their children, or a family with a parent who recently lost a job. One way to help is by asking someone at the church who would benefit from clothing, toys, or food. You can either gather clothing that your children can no longer wear, as well as toys they don’t play with to give to the family, or you can purchase new items for them.
There are children in the school system who might not receive anything for Christmas, and you can help by adopting a child or two. You don’t have to get a lot of items for the children, but try to find out something that they really want for the holiday. Deliver the items to school the day before they get out for the winter break. Wrap the presents so that the children can take them home, and put them under the tree, or see that they are given to the parents of the children.
If you can’t give money yourself to a charity, then consider holding a fundraiser. You can have a bake sale, or clothing sale, and the money can be used to purchase new toys and clothes that can then be given to families in need.
The Gift of Birth
Some women are not able to have a baby, and this is one of the most generous things that you can do if you are able. Talk to an agency such as the Center for Surrogate Parenting to find out about becoming a surrogate mother. Ask if you can look at an album of women who are not able to conceive, and who want to use a surrogate in order to have a baby. Talk to the mother beforehand, to let her know you are interested in helping.
While you are planning your holiday shopping, keep in mind those who might not be able to provide for their families. Think of a way to help families, especially those with children, so that they have the same excitement on Christmas morning, as your family.
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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