Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Traditions :: Helping Others


Our family is blessed in many ways, and because of that I want our children to help others and be a blessing to those in need, especially during the Holidays.

Each December, the boys select a child or two from our local ELF Tree to adopt for Christmas. I enjoy watching the boys carefully select items from the lists and also add something they think might be enjoyed by the children. Some years, all that is asked for are toys; other times, clothes are at the top of the list.

The boys may know the child's circumstance or may not, but I explain how important it is for us to help others throughout the year and throughout our lifetime.

Selecting children to purchase Christmas gifts is just one way we help in our community. In the past, we've helped raise funds for a new hearing device for a deaf child, sold cupcakes for Tsunami victims, held a food drive, and delivered flowers to the elderly. As the boys get older, I definitely want to help in our local food pantry or work on a Habitat for Humanity team, but for right now, they enjoy playing Santa for children in need.

What ways does your family help during the Holidays or throughout the year? If you're looking for some ideas, depending on age, here are a few:

  • Purchase gifts for children on your local Angel Tree
  • Drop off presents at Toys for Tots or Blue Santa programs
  • Donate your time at a homeless shelter or community kitchen
  • Give generously during Food Drives
  • Support your local organizations that aid those in need
  • Donate to the VFW to help military families with Christmas dinner or Christmas trees
  • Open your home to those who may not have family for Christmas, especially the elderly, college students, and military service members
  • Be a Bell Ringer for the Salvation Army

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