I love giving gifts to my loved ones but my truest joy over the holiday’s is giving to people who really need it. The Christmas season can be stressful, sad, a burden, lonely and very hard for many people who don’t have the resources or the family and social network to have a big traditional Christmas surrounded by wonderful people they love. There are so many ways to give to people in need over the holidays. Here are some of my favourite ways.
Volunteer ANYWHERE… The food bank, visiting seniors in seniors centres, shovelling your neighbours driveway, serving food at a shelter, or delivering gifts for the Magic of Christmas program are a few ways. Wherever you live there will be opportunities to give your time.
This program is a large financial commitment. How it works is you get an entire families wish list. The families can only participate in the program one time. Usually the items are winter clothing, clothes, basic household items and toys for the kids. You also provide gift cards and food hampers so they can have Christmas dinner. Every year my Sister organizes an amazing group of girls who want to give the families a magical Christmas. We were able to adopt a family with a long list and divide the gifts between the group to provide the families with EVERYTHING they’ve wished for. This is easily the best part of Christmas for me. I’m so fortunate to be able to do this with my wonderful family and friends.
The Magic of Christmas delivers gifts and Christmas cheer to more than 400 families who are suffering from emotional, physical or financial despair. Check out their website below for program details and drop off locations for gifts.
Santa’s Anonymous is a Toy Gift Giving Program that has many drop off locations around the city.
Don’t forget the seniors over the holidays. This program works much like the programs around the city for children. You can go to London Drugs locations and take a tag off the Santa for Seniors tree. You return your gifts to London Drugs.
All of the above organizations are in need of basic necessities such as: Clothing (Men, Women + Children of all ages / sizes) Undergarments (socks, underwear + bras) Hats, Mitts, Gloves Winter Clothing Winter Boots Personal Hygiene Items Non-perishable Food Items Monetary Donations.
I know the season brings a lot of stress. From waiting in long lines to dealing with other stressed people who aren’t always kind. Be the kindness. Be patient, Say thank you, See the good in all of the hustle + bustle. Your smile, your understanding and your kindness might make someone who’s having a hard time’s day. And isn’t that what Christmas is about?! I promise you whatever it is you chose to do will make you feel happy. And I hope you carry on doing wonderful things for people all year long.
A heartfelt thank you to ALL of you for reading my blog over the last 12 Days. I look forward to writing my blog every holiday and I am beyond grateful for all of the people who take time out of their day to read, comment and share my posts. I have had more readers this year than ever so thank YOU all very much for your love and support.
Merry Christmas Happy New Year! I hope your holidays are happily spent with friends and and family.
Take Care, XO DS