Holiday Giving

“It’s always better to give than receive”
These words from my childhood have always influenced my views on gifts – it is so hard for me to list items I want to receive (ask my mom, husband, kids…) but I love buying gifts for everyone! Stumbling upon a gift during an afternoon of retail therapy, wrapping the perfect present and watching a loved one open the gift bring me such Joy! Are you a giver or do you prefer receiving gifts?

The Holiday Season offers so many opportunities to give gifts, time and charitable donations. We will explore a few of these opportunities for you and your family.

Although every community is different, one constant remains true – children in need of food, clothing, shelter and love. An opportunity to become involved with Foster Children was presented to me this year, and I accepted the challenge without hesitation. We created a Foster Care Closet to serve foster families with basic needs like clothing, bedding, diapers, and personal hygiene items. Working this closet on Wednesday nights has filled my heart beyond measure! From the organizers of this mission to the caring foster moms to the precious children in this system, the overwhelming feeling of love and support is truly AMAZING! If you long to be involved with a powerful mission, look for an opportunity like this in your area – you will be blessed more than you can imagine. This type of giving may be gifts of time as a volunteer as well as donations of clothing and necessities. Foster Care Closet Alexandria

Christmas Cheer, The Giving Tree and the Doll and Toy Fund are local programs organized to give children a Gift for Christmas Morning as well as a Holiday dinner for the families who might not otherwise be able to provide these items for their families. My children enjoy selecting names from the Christmas Tree to buy presents each year, working around the house to earn the money and shopping for the special gifts for these children. They create a connection to the name on the tag and imagine what might make this child happy! We participate as a family in the delivery of these gifts as well. Seeing the Joy and excitement on the faces of these families fills us with the Spirit of Giving! Look for opportunities like this in your community to share with your family – it is better to give than receive! 

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The Food Bank is also very busy this time of the year with families in need of food as well as volunteers from the community. School groups and service organizations are an important part of the sorting and gathering of the food to distribute back into the community. Many families in our community rely on this organization for the basic necessity of food. Manna House is our local mission providing a warm meal daily of the hungry people in our area. Volunteers are always welcome to help serve these meals – this is great for families as well as youth groups and smaller school groups. Look for opportunities to Feed the People of your community by volunteering your time and Feed your soul while Feeding others! Manna House  Food Bank of Central Louisiana

There are so many ways to Give this Holiday Season – I hope these suggestions give you ideas to get started on your Holiday Giving!

Happy Holidays! MHD

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