‘Tis the Season for Giving! Below are two ways that we gave back this month.
For our annual holiday get-together, Meredith, Kristi, our dear friend Col and I meet up for a fun activity, a meal and gift exchange. Sometimes the activity is a round of wine tasting. (OK, who are we kidding, most of the time it’s wine tasting!)
However, this year we opted for an afternoon tea and an evening of holiday card making. By the end of the craft session, we made two dozen festive cards, which were then bundled up and sent to Cards for Hospitalized Kids, a charitable organization headquartered in Illinois that “spreads hope, joy & magic to hospitalized kids across America through uplifting, handmade cards.”
The website has simple guidelines for card-making; for example, while it’s fine for some holiday cards to say “Merry Christmas,” the organization also recommends phrases such as “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” so that cards can be distributed to kids that do not celebrate Christmas. It was a fun way to unleash some crafty scrapbook-like skills for a great organization.
If this activity appeals to you, note that it can be done year-round! Cards for Hospitalized Kids accepts general cards with uplifting messages, as well as cards for other major holidays, and distributes those cards throughout the year.
For the gift exchange portion of the evening, I had asked my friends for toy donations for Toys for Tots. Finding a toy donation site was easy — all it took was filtering by location on the website. The guidelines for the types of items are quite vague, but generally speaking, the recommendation is to donate new, gender-neutral, unwrapped items. Also, items that work for older youth, such as a soccer ball, paint set or a board game, are usually in lower supply / higher demand.
My dear friends generously gifted board games and an outdoor daypack adventure kit. (Thank you very much!) The toys were dropped off at my local Toys R Us on December 13th.
If you’ve given back this holiday season, or at any other time of the year, we’d love to hear about it! We’re always on the lookout for more inspirational activities and ideas. Please leave a comment below. Happy Holidays!