One of the things I really love about the holiday season are the overt opportunities to give back. Unlike during other times of the year, occasions to give back are everywhere. We see the Salvation Army bell ringers at the store, the Toys for Tots boxes are everywhere, the groceries have food boxes setup for donation. While giving should be a year-round habit, this time of year makes it easy even for those who might not otherwise find the time.
As a parent, I think it’s very important that my children grasp opportunities to share their blessings with others. My husband and I want to be good stewards of what we have been given and provide ways to help our family understand the importance of thinking of others.Some of the ways we’ve found to do this are through our church. Each year, churches fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, adopt families in need to provide them with a Merry Christmas, collect food or provide a food bank, go to homeless shelters and retirement/nursing homes to carol – all activities we look forward to each year.
This year, we have the opportunity to fill a stocking for one special child as part of the campaign for Champions for Kids partnered with Disney. Picking the child was easy. My boys and I participate in taekwondo at an amazing dojo near our home. A young family also goes there. The father and mother participate in TKD, and they have a young boy age two. I remember when I was just starting out – being young and raising a child. It really does take a village. Feeling very isolated and alone raising my two oldest kids was difficult - I would have loved the support of a community of parents. We want them to know – they are part of a village.The mission of Champions for Kids is to improve the lives of children through the leverage of people. What better way to leverage people than to take adults like myself who have been raising kids for a long time now and offer our love and support to a young family?
We’ll be giving this young man his stocking next week. The boys and I had a great time shopping for things we thought he’d love!
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What ways do you enjoy giving back over the holiday season? How do you keep the spirit of giving going even when the holidays are over? Is there a special child or young family in your area you could help out this holiday?
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