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I think it’s so easy for people to get caught up in the commercialism of the Holidays that we sometimes forget the true meaning of Christmas. I taught my son at a very early age the importance of giving. Of giving without expecting anything in return.
He knows that we are blessed to have a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes on our backs, and shoes on our feet. He knows that many people in the world do not have these bare necessities that many of us take for granted.
This time of year is especially important to give. He knows that “giving” comes in many forms, and sometimes the gift of time is as, if not more, important, during the holidays. Spending time with someone in a nursing home, who may not have any other relatives visiting is a gift that someone would so cherish.
One way my son and I give back is through his school’s Student Council. They do many things throughout the year to help, aid, and give back to his school and/or community.
Recently, the kids helped to gather non-perishable foods and made food baskets for our annual food drive. The PTO provided the turkeys. These group of 4th and 5th grade students, my son included, worked so hard, with such giving spirits to make these baskets.
Starting this week they will be conducting “Random Acts of Kindness”. My son is joining me in 12 Days of Christmas, as well. This is where for 12 days we do a random act of kindness. My son already plans on sitting next to someone different for lunch at least one day. Someone he really doesn’t know very well, and wants to get to know them better.
He wants to take in some baked goods to the office staff one morning, too.
We’re not sure exactly what we’re doing each day, but we want to pass it forward. To give freely without expectations. To help in our small way. My son did say he wanted to make someone smile, every day.
So as we finished up Black Friday (which I did not participate in), and embark on (tomorrow) Cyber Monday… I hope you will join me in celebrating Giving Tuesday. #Giving Tuesday
#GivingTuesday™ inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets.
Where did the idea come from? The retail industry has long benefited from seasonal shopping that symbolically kicks off with “Black Friday” – a day that has since inspired “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday.” #GivingTuesday™, then, serves as a celebratory, fully connected day to kick off the giving season, when many make their holiday and end-of-year charitable gifts.
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On December 3rd, 2013, I hope to continue to show by example the spirit of giving of my time, my money, when I can, and my heart. I know I’m proud of the giving heart I’m seeing in my son.