Giving Back This Holiday Season

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Tis the season for fa la la la's and ho ho ho's. But what are you doing this year to share the true meaning of the season? The birth of Jesus Christ.

So far this holiday season I have had three different opportunities to give of my time and talents to share the true meaning of Christmas with others.

The first opportunity I had to volunteer was at the Operation Christmas Child warehouse sorting shoe boxes to be sent to children around the world. If you are not familiar with Operation Christmas Child I highly encourage you to check out their website and watch some videos on their purpose. Operation Christmas Child allows you to pack a shoebox full of gifts for a needy child. When volunteering at the warehouse you sort through these boxes to ensure every child has a full box of goodies and that there is nothing breakable or food that will melt in the boxes. It was a ton of fun to volunteer. My favorite part was seeing the cards that children from the US had written for the children they were sending their boxes to...so sweet it just melted my heart!

Above: Some of our friends checking boxes
Below: Boxes still to be checked
Above: My hubby packing the big boxes to be shipped out
Below: Boxes of shoesboxes ready to be sent to children

The second opportunity I have had to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this year was by volunteering at the Winshape Christmas Party for foster children. This was such a neat volunteer opportunity and I really believe I was blessed by the children more than vice versa. My favorite part was at the end of the party when the children received Christmas gifts from staff members at my company. The pure joy on their faces was enough to bring me to tears.

Below: A picture of the wonderful family I got to hangout with at the party

The final thing I had the opportunity to participate in this Christmas season was baking and distributing Christmas cookies at a local nursing home and the local fire station and police station. You guys...if you are looking for some way to spread Christmas cheer this season I really encourage you to go visit with the residents at your local nursing home. The fact is we are all going to be old one day and everyone loves a little company!

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