Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas of Dreams Holiday Bash Day #5!

I've taken a couple of days off from the party due to some family emergencies, but I'm back and ready to join in on the fun!

Today's sponsors are Baby Pop and Chic Covers

The question of the day is:

Today, make a blog post about what you do to give back during the holidays. Do you volunteer your time? If so, please tell us where. What do you do to teach your children the true meaning of the holidays?

This is a great topic. As the holidays approach, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for. I have my health, a wonderful family, a roof over my head, food to eat, a job to go to, clothes to wear... I could go on and on. I do realize though that there are many people that do not have the things that I do.

Every year I make sure to give back in some way, even if it's only a small amount. I've always donated at least one new toy to Toys for Tots. As my children get older, I want them to understand the importance of this as well. Brendan, I believe, will be old enough this year to understand the concept of giving and so I will start this tradition with him this year. Each year I will take the boys shopping and ask them to pick out a toy (with a value up to a certain set amount) that they really like. I will purchase that toy and have them help me wrap it up to give to a child in need. I hope that this will instill in them that although it's fun to receive gifts, it's equally rewarding to give. As I explain to them why we are giving these toys away, I hope that they will understand and grow in their hearts from the experience.

When my children are older I would love to take a day near the holidays to volunteer at a local children's hospital or nursing home. I think this would be a great way to bond as a family, while giving to our community.

Every year I sponsor a member or two of a needy family that is chosen by my employer. Last year my employer chose a family through a charity called Helping Hands.



Tracye said...

that's awesome!

Momstart said...

I want to do the same with my children too