Growing up I was lucky to have parents who valued the act of giving to others all year long, but especially during the holiday season when so much seems to revolve around what we want. They taught my 3 siblings and me that giving to others less fortunate was a really important thing to do and made it an integral part of our lives.
I remember my mom would volunteer every month to serve with Meals on Wheels, and we would help her load up all the tins of food in coolers in our car and deliver them around lunchtime, and how excited we were to meet every person on the list. We also worked at the food pantry and local soup kitchens, making sure that hot meals were cooked and served to those who needed them. And I always remember every year around this time we would head to the mall or local big box store with my parents, and we would each get to pick a child’s name off the Christmas trees at the entrance. We would spend what seemed like hours picking out the perfect gift for them and then race home to wrap it up with ribbons and bows. I am so thankful that my parents placed service so high up on their list of priorities. It has definitely made me who I am today as I love helping those that need a helping hand, giving back to others, and surprising people with random acts of kindness just to put a smile on their face. And now that I have 4 little ones I want to teach them exactly like my parents taught me. Give to those in need. Give to those less fortunate then you are. Just Give. Over the past 5 years we have started our own family tradition of giving by sending off shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child. This is truly an amazing organization that gives to children in need in countries all around the world. My kids love going on a wild shopping spree to help less fortunate children. They pick out toys, school supplies, hygiene products, and accessories like socks, hair bands, and sunglasses. Then they come home and stuff their shoeboxes full and send them on their way. They can even track which country their shoebox full of goodies went to! I just love how my kids are learning that serving others is a way of life! And one company that also thinks serving others is an important part of life is New York Life. They are donating 25 meals to Feeding America for every tweet that includes #KeepGoodGoing and hashtag #FeedingAMillion. 25 MEALS!!! That is awesome!!! Plus they are encouraging people to share your own special Keep Good Going moments and experiences by tweeting and using their twitter handle @NewYorkLife. New York Life is also giving away one $50 VISA Gift Card and a $50 donation on behalf of BlogHer in the winner’s name to Feeding America. To enter just tell me in the comments below, “What are you thankful for this holiday season?”
*Through 1/9/15, New York Life will donate $2.50 for each approved post, with a minimum of $25K & a maximum of $100K. See full terms and conditions at NewYorkLife.com/CelebratingGood. Find info about Feeding America at feedingamerica.org.
Good Luck! Love, Maggie
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