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12 Days of Christmas ~ Giving Back

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.


Your Time

 

 

 

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.

 

 


Gift Programs

Adopt-A-Family

 

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 gals who want to give the families a magical Christmas.

We’ve nicknamed our group ‘Girls who Give’. Every year we are able to

adopt a family(s) 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 Girls that Give Group from a few years ago!

We have so many wonderful participants in our group

not shown here and I’m grateful for every lady who

participates in this. You are all amazing!

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

 

 

Santa’s Anonymous is a Toy Gift Giving Program that has

many drop off locations around the city.

Santa for Seniors

 

 

 

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.

 


Donation Programs

 


Inn from the Cold

 

 

The Food Bank

 

Veteran’s Food Bank

 

 

The Women’s Shelter

 

The Drop In Centre

 

 

 

All of the above organizations are in need of basic necessities such as:

Clothing (Mens, Womens + Children of all ages / sizes), Undergarments

(socks, underwear + bras) Hats, Mitts, Gloves, Winter Clothing, Winter Boots,

Personal Hygiene Items, Non-perishable Food Items, and Monetary Donations.

 


Being Patient and Kind

This one costs absolutely nothing! 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 season 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.

 

With all my love,

Dayle

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