Christmas is the Season of Giving
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.
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.
This year my Sister organized an amazing group of
girls who wanted to give families a magical Christmas.
We were able to adopt multiple families and divide their Christmas Lists
between the group to provide the families with everything
they 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
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.
Inn from the Cold
The Food Bank
The Women’s Shelter
The Drop In Centre
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
Personal Hygiene Items
Non-perishable Food Items
Being Patient and Kind
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.
Here’s a link to many of the opportunities to give in Calgary: