I feel like everyone is starting Christmas earlier and earlier, while completely over looking Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving really is a wonderful day to regroup your thoughts and celebrate all the things you are grateful for. I know I am grateful for my health, my friends and family and their well-being, Cuff Turtle, my home, my job, my happiness, my DVR, my Darth Vader spatula, new episodes of Walking Dead (Team Dixon!), the list is endless! But in all seriousness, when we rush our way from Halloween to Christmas, we forget to take that little pause to give thanks for our blessings and to also acknowledge what we can do to help others not as fortunate as we are.
My blogging friend Vivian over at The Bloggette, who incidentally is Canadian and has already celebrated Thanksgiving back in October, has been motivated to give back. She wrote about how she and her mom participated in “Operation Shoebox” giving gifts to less fortunate children (read her post here)
My friend Brad, who you may remember gave us all that wonderful list of running tips (click here to refresh your memory). Is raising awareness for Prostate Cancer and growing a mustache that would make Tom Selleck green with envy through Movember Camapaign. (If you are interested in learning more and/or making a donation, you can check out Brad’s Fundraising page)
My Aunt, who you may remember creates wonderful gifts for furkids (click here to refresh your memory), is also fundraising for a cause. Even though part of her profits already go to ECAD, (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities), she has started a donation drive to help raise funds to feed their most resent litter of puppies being trained to service disabled veterans returning from war. (If you are interested in learning more and/or making a donation, you can check out Aunt Sweetie’s Fundraising page)
My friend Ms. Gallagher works in a NY school district where budgets are tight and many of her students can afford school supplies. Through DonorsChoose.org, those of us who want to help better the futures of these children can dontate to help Ms. Gallagher and her colleagues help the children who need Individualized Education Plans buy donating to the fund to get them the supplies they need. (If you are interested in learning more and/or making a donation, you can check out Ms Gallagher’s Fundraising page)
These are just a few idea and ways you can give back. You don’t have to give with your wallet either, everyone knows, times are tight. Give with your time. Volunteer to help at a soup kitchen. Donate some gently used items to your local shelter. All those toys that your kids don’t play with any more, would be a joy to a child less fortunate, not to mention a great way to clean and organize for the holidays. Donate canned goods and non-perishable items from your pantry that aren’t being eaten as well. They can go to feed a lot of hungry bellies.
Count your blessings, but don’t be greedy. Give a little back where you can!