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Old 10-14-2009, 02:31 PM
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How Do You Give Back During the Holidays?

During the holidays I always try to give back & help out, especially during these rough economic times. What ways do you give back?

I always donate to the Salvation Army whenever I see them, I also volunteer with Hosea Feeds the Hungry during Thanksgiving & Christmas and my favorite thing to do is Toys for Tots. I'm trying to find a coat drive this year though, I think its gonna be a cold winter in Atlanta this year.
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We like to do the Toys for Tots every year, and food bags through our church.
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I can never resist the Salvation Army kettle. First of all it has a very Christmasy feel to it just hearing them ring the bell and I always have to throw something in it. I now make sure my grandchildren have change in their hands to put something in the kettle if we are near one. The think it's fun!

Only one year I volunteered to give out food baskets to the less fortunate. We had a list and delivered the baskets to their doors.

I really should do more than just throwing change in a kettle. I think it's terrific that people give up their time for others and I should make it a point to do the same thing!
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I always donate to toys for tots and salvation army. When I was in scouts we use to go down to the local shelter the weekend after thanksgiving every year and help cook and pass out food. Now I always try to buy a couple bags fo food to donate when the grocery store has there food drive for the shelter and I always try to donate some winter clothes to them as well.
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We donate clothing and toys to several organizations. We also sing at the Senior homes in our area.
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Last year we adopted a child from the Salvation Army "Angel Tree"...you pick a name for a needy child and there are a few items listed that they want for Christmas. That was really fun! Also I donate clothes and toys to a few organizations throughout the year..not just at Christmas!
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We never pass a Salvation Army kettle without contributing. I also crochet thick, warm winter hats and scarves to send to a local organization for the homeless.
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My church adopts a Christmas Family every year from The Salvation Army... I contribute to Fill Santa's Sleigh (links elsewhere on this site)... I also like to have a smile and a pleasant word or two for salescleks and other harried service personel during the season... they do a hard, thankless job and a kind word goes a long way... plus, in this economy, it doesn't cost anything to be nice to someone...
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We give back in a number of ways.

The Salvation army kettle - several time during the season.
Toys for Tots
Hat/mitten and food drive at Jade's school during the month of Dec
Local boy scout food drive right before Thanksgiving
Sending care packages to soldiers over in Iraq and Afghanistan (year round)
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