Giving Back During The Holidays

Every year I like to give a little something to someone less fortunate.  Usually it’s a child from an Angel Tree or a toy given to someone collecting for a homeless shelter or group.  This year I wanted to do a little more.  I’ve put a little more thought into things and have found some awesome opportunities.  I’m sure all of you do this already, but for those who are looking for opportunities I thought I would share my list to inspire you.  I won’t do all of them but these are the things I’ve researched.

One important thing to mention is that giving back doesn’t have to include money or spending.  Time is a huge gift.

  • Many people use this time of year to clean out their closets or their toy chests and donate what they don’t use any more.
  • Give your time and energies to a homeless shelter, food pantry, or soup kitchen.
  • Give non-perishable food and your time to the Food Pantry.
  • Blankets, coats, boots, hats, and mittens are always needed by the homeless.  Walk around your city and find those less fortunate and give them a gift and a “Merry Christmas”.
  • Spending time caroling with your friends and family at your local hospital or nursing home.
  • Support and give to our troops through the USO.
  • Pay for someone’s lunch anonymously.
  • Twelve Days Of Christmas – Give a treat or gift twelve days in a row to a family in need.  We have done this as a family and had a great time.
  • Shop local.
  • Bake cookies and treats for your local police, EMT’s, and Firemen.
  • Donate to a cause of your choice.

There are numerous ways to give.  Would love to hear about what you’re doing.









Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


  1. Renee Flitton says:

    Thank you Dru for sharing from the heart. Since the kids are gone, it is sometimes hard to be in the spirit for Christmas. I think this is the perfect time to give back.

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