giving back

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
At this time of the year, you read lots of articles about people being "secret santas" or paying off strangers' layway fees in the news.

While I was on my plane to Punta Cana, I was reading one of my many magazines and I came across a calendar of 31 ways to give back this holiday season.

As kids, my family would donate Christmas gifts at our local church and my brother and I would pick names from the tree for kids we would never meet and have even adopted families for the holiday season.

There were a few organizations that popped off the list of places to donate to like to purchase crocheted hats or clothes to keep Ugandan women working and educated or to donate to an HIV  positive pregnant woman in Rwanda to provide drugs or to fight against child sex trafficking or to buy a counseling session for a soldier returning from war.

Shame on me but I haven't given back enough. I am a very lucky girl and sometimes pinch myself for all the success I've had both personally and professionally. Sometimes I still can't believe I live downtown or even in this fab apartment. It's still so surreal to me.

I'm making notes on my list of things to do for 2012 and giving back is one of many things on my list. Whether that's contributing to friends who run for cancer or donating to a friend's child's school fundraiser or donating my time to a charity of my choice.

So, how are you giving back this season?


Heather said...

This was one of our resolutions for this year! Jay and I made a donation to feed a family for the holidays. It's nothing huge, but it's something little we can do to help.
Have a great Holiday, Allison!

Cleshopaholic said...

This Christmas I did an adopt-a-child Christmas tree things (where you buy them presents). And of course throughout the year I do stuff with my favorite charity Secondhand Mutts!

Mel said...

I started volunteering at the Humane Society's local shelter here in Pittsburgh. I've always been a financial supporter, but felt I needed to be PRESENT more in my charitable contributions.

Also, I intend to give a little something to friends asking for donations for runs, bowls, drives, etc. in 2012 too. :)

Jen said...

I'm super involved with HandsOn Northeast Ohio which is an amazing organization. Very easy to volunteer for causes you are passionate about. Check it out:

Katelin said...

i definitely want to give back more next year. i've thought about becoming a mentor so we'll see how that one goes.

Nagehan said...

A year ago, I volunteered at a soup kitchen in Camden, NJ. It was ROUGH, but at the end of the day, it was very well worth it :)

Fizzgig said...

i always wonder how much is enough to give back. i give thru my work all year paying for jeans days, to benefit st. jude, and i give to the united way thru payroll deduction. and still i feel like an asshole when i decline giving more at the cash registers.

its good that you even think about these things, most people dont!

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