The Gift of Giving
I admit I'm a Yahoo answers gal. I like to go on the site and see what people are asking about. Sometimes I get a little inspiration here. I sure did today. I was looking around under the Christmas heading and helping some people out with ideas for gift for the holidays. I was sorely disappointed when I found tons of young people asking for gift ideas for themselves. Asking for gift ideas themselves?
Have we forgotten the Reason for the Season? Have we forgotten that this is a season of giving? Everyday should be a day of giving, but it seems a lot more people are touched this time of year.
Being so put off I wasn't going to give them suggestions on what they could have their parents buy them. Instead I will write this hub, detailing how they can give of themselves instead of think of themselves this holiday season. So Mr. should I have my parents buy me an I-Pod or an X box, this hub's for you...
The Angel Tree
The Angel tree , sponsored by the Salvation Army,is the most obvious and probably easiest way to give this Holiday Season. You have seen them around. Trees pop up at Wal-marts or the Mall with Angels containing the name of a child and some sizes. The Angel also consists of their wish list, weather it be a barbie or an Ipod. The premise is simple.. Go out and buy an item for this underprivileged child. Don't just take the Angel and forget about it.. That is the child's Christmas you are holding here. take the present back to the designated drop spot.
Volunteer at a mission
And I am not talking any old day.. volunteer at the mission on Thanksgiving or Christmas. it may change your whole perspective about things. If you are a teen reading this take advantage of this activity for some of your volunteering credits for school. Talk to your teacher about earing extra credits. I bet they will be glad to arrange something for you! if you want go as a group. The activity can always be more fun if you do it with your friends. Just call the local mission to arrange the schedule.
If you are a parent reading this.. enourage your teen to go.. even go with them. If you are a teacher make this activity x tra credit!
Other volunteering activites
There are countless ways to give this season. Go to your local church to find out what they need help with. Or Adopt a whole family through your church or Salvation Army. You can go Christmas Caroling at anursing home. You can also go to the smae nursing home and do crafts. Look up your local boy scout troop and do a craft project with them. maybe they can sell the craft to make some money for the troop!
Speaking of Troops
Speaking of Troops, lets not forget out troops over seas. Start your own drive to get care packages sent to them. it doesn't have to be anything fancy, just some things that remind them of home. A little goes a long way!
There are several organizations that help military families here in the US too. Trees for Troops distributed over 30,000 trees nationwide to military families.
Operation Ensuring Christmas is a program set up to assist children of fallen military men andwomen. It gives extra emotional and financial support to the children of fallen troops. Check out link.
American Red cross Ornaments
Giving donations as a gift
Sometimes you can find ways to give a monetary donation in the name of another person. That is an awesome way to show you care. If the recipient of your gift is into breast cancer awareness. make a contribution to the Brest cancer Foundation., If your intended giftie supports animal rights causes then give to the Wildlife Federation Organization. often if you give some sort of monetary donation there is a small gift such as a bag or cards to go with it.
Speaking of Cards, look for Christmas Cards made to benefit certain organizations. In my area we have Cards of Hope. Purchasing these special cards made by children affected by cancer goes to support the WVU Children's Hospital and activities for the children.
The American Red Cross sells Christmas Ornaments that portion of the proceeds go to the Red Cross.
Did this Hub inspire you to give this Holiday Season?
A gift that changes lives
A Very Special Christmas is the name of the Album that The Special Olympics puts out every year to raise funds for the organization. In it's seventh year it has made over 100 million dollars for the organization. And why wouldn't it? With stars like Sean Kingston and Colbie Calliat no wonder it is immensely popular. The CD features 14 songs from various artists. Get your own copy or buy it as a gift!
So if you are one of those young people who are thinking about what they can get. Please think about what you can give. There are numerous ways to you can help others as you have seen in the examples above. Don't be hard on yourself for wanting more. We are human and love materialistic things. However nothing quite moves the human spirit more that helping another human being. If you want a Unique gift, Give it a try. You will see what I mean..