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Random Acts of Beauty this Holiday Season

December 18, 2009
Image by Mindful One via Flickr

“That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.”– Ninon de L’Enclos

We always say beauty comes from the inside out, and how true this statement is. A sour, nasty attitude can alter the way someone looks on the outside regardless of what meets the eye.

With the holidays coming near; no matter how much I try to convince myself that this is not the case, it can be all too easy to become flustered, frustrated and stressed. There are presents to buy, family arrangements, cleaning of your house, cooking, and so many other things that need attending to.

With all the chaos, we sometimes forget other things that are important during this holiday season, such as remembering others and their situation, investing in your community, and giving back. There are also plenty of us that want to give back, but we are just not sure the best way to go about it, or don’t have a lot of time or money to give.

Here are some ways that most everyone can give back!

• The Ronald McDonald House is working towards a goal of $500,000 so they can continue helping kids like Lance Kopplin.
• The Salvation Army which around this time of year will most likely be standing outside of your local grocery store with the bell in their hand and the traditional red kettle. These donations go to the homeless, seniors and families in need this Christmas season. You can also contact your local Salvation Army to see what volunteering opportunities there are.
Local Food Bank – Check in your cabinets, you are bound to have something that your or your kids no longer like. Feeding America has a resource where you can find your local food bank.
• Make a Kids Christmas Brighter – Toys For Tots you can go on their site to locate the nearest drop off to you.
• Check out your local Freecycle – There may be a family in need of a Christmas tree, lights, or other needed things that you may have laying around, or have extras of. You get to be ‘green’ at the same time by keeping usable items out of landfills.
Re-Gift – We all know we have gotten something that is just not for us, but this does not mean it could not be useful for someone else. Re-gift these and send them to your local women’s shelter or firehouse.
• Volunteer at your Local Hospice – Hospice Care always needs volunteers, you could spend time with the patients that are dealing with a life challenging illness or you could help with a fundraiser, or other admin duties.
Meals On Wheels- You can volunteer to deliver meals to seniors in your area that are in need along with other opportunities you can find here.

These are all ways where you can give back with just a little time, a little money, or maybe with what you already have in your house. If none of these are for you, you can also go onto VolunteerMatch.org which has an array of volunteer opportunities.

What is your favorite way to give back?

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