are you giving back this season?

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Registered: 01-20-2010
are you giving back this season?
Sat, 12-03-2011 - 2:35pm

i am housebound by a snow storm today,


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Registered: 07-27-2009
Sun, 12-11-2011 - 12:23am

My work usually gets three families to donate gifts to for the Salvation Army. I

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Registered: 07-06-2003
Sat, 12-10-2011 - 3:44pm

I donated many, many


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Registered: 07-24-2001
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 6:53pm

My dd's best friend passed away in a home fire a week ago today.

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Registered: 10-01-2009
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 6:17pm
Hey Stacy ...As usual you are awesome...

I support a reputable Romanian orphanage all year round. At Christmas I drop off goodies to some old friends and their kids (anonymously) who have been having hard times for a number of years now

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Registered: 03-27-2005
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 9:07am

I do give back

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Registered: 07-20-2001
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 2:07pm
Very sorry to hear that your Mom passed. Tough time of year for many people.
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Registered: 08-25-2006
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 5:09pm
Thanks so much for the topic, Andi.

I think there are so many signs and boxes around I have become indifferent to them. They start to become part of the background and you don't see them any more.

I truly believe in giving, regardless of income, and your post has inspired me to at least donate some canned or boxed food.

There is ALWAYS someone with less.
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Registered: 12-31-2010
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 1:54pm
We have a box for our community at the store as well, and at church. I always buy for the box whenever I shop.
I also am wrapping our gifts for the Angel tree at the fitness center tonight, and we adopt a family and buy gifts as well as their entire holiday meal. DH also donates money and time to the local food pantry, and coordinates at work so his entire staff participates.
I guess I am also educating my children so they will become productive citizens who also give back. They both are engaging in charitable events this week at their universities, so I was proud to hear about that from them as well.
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Registered: 11-14-2008
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 1:00pm
You just inspired me to put some items in the food bank area at the grocery store. It is important. I don't have a lot of spare time but this I can do. Merry Christmas! Andi what a wonderful idea to put in for the food bank!
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Registered: 08-24-2007
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 4:05pm
happysj56, I cried when I read your post. I'm so sorry that you lost your Mom and I think you're wonderful for honouring her by purchasing items for those in need. And your Uncle sounds like a wonderful man.

Andi, what a lovely idea! I purchased some items for the Food Bank this weekend and was thinking that I should do this more often. I think I will follow your lead and use 10% of my budget for the Food Bank as well. I'm sure they can use food all year round and not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas (the times I tend to donate food).

DD and I have both been "angels" for seniors who are shut-ins. There's a seniors tree at our local Mall with the wishes on seniors. We each took a name and purchased a gift and we had an incredibly wonderful time dong it. Some requests are heartbreaking (like food or items for their pets).

I also have regular donations taken from my paycheque for "Farley Foundation", a charity that financially assists low-income seniors and people with disabilities with vetrianary care for their pets - pets who are often their only companionship.

There is no worse feeling than feeling like the well is dry and there is nothing left to give others, be it financially or emotionally. It's good to remind ourselves that, no matter how bad things get, there is always some small thing we can give someone -- even if it is only a kind word.


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