Holiday Blessing Bags

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Last year we sponsored a family for Christmas. It was such an incredible experience to come together as a community to help a family in need. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that giving is a big part of my life. I try to find ways to give of my finances as well as my time to serve others. This year I thought we’d do something a little different. I want to help the homeless by providing small backpacks filled with a variety of necessities. I’m going to work with a local shelter to coordinate a day to volunteer and then pass out as many filled backpacks as we come together to fill.

If you enjoy this blog, visit with any frequency, or get some sort of value out of it, I’m asking you to please contribute what you can. If you can only afford $1, please donate it. That will buy 1 toothbrush and help one person. That $1 alone may not seem like much but if each one of the subscribed readers of this community donated $1 we’d have over $4,000 to contribute. That just goes to show that together we can do more. This is something that’s very important to me. I’m coordinating this along with my 9-year-old daughter and I want her to witness what we can do when we come together for a good cause.

I want to thank you in advance for contributing to this year’s community outreach. I’ll be taking photos and posting them once we raise the funds, fill the backpacks, and pass them out. If you leave your name with your donation, it will be added to a note inside of the backpack. Let’s make sure that they feel loved and remembered. We never know the circumstances that led them to where they are and it’s not our job to judge. All we can do is help in whatever way we can and extend love and kindness.

So, grab your card really quick and make your donation now. You know how it is, if you don’t seize the moment, you’ll get busy and forget. So just go ahead, and make your contribution towards this year’s community outreach. Since I’m asking, I might as well ask for you to share this on social media and reblog. It only takes a moment and the click of a button. The more funds we raise, the more bags we can fill! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Donate towards the holiday blessing bags!

Sending you lots of love and gratitude!

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4 Replies to “Holiday Blessing Bags”

  1. Hello, this is such a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing a meaningful post about helping the community near you. I love how you added the sentiment that we do not know what got someone to that point, and to point out that it is not our responsibility to judge. The accounting firm I work for is volunteering this year to help a family around us. So excited to do my part, as little as it is I hope it will make a difference for someone else.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note! I grew up volunteering and it made me a better person. Gave me a sense of appreciation and cultivated empathy. Of course, it always seems selfish to a degree because kindness always makes you feel good not just the person who receives it. But that’s the beauty of kindness is that it benefits everyone, the giver, receiver, and even observers.

      It’s so easy to judge people. The thing is, if we judge their circumstances it disconnects us. It has a way of making us think that would NEVER be me! But if we got hit with something really hard and unexpected, we could be closer to being in that position than we realize. I know people who have had a lapse in insurance and have a heart attack the day before their new coverage went into effect. That hospital bill devastated them. Someone else who had insurance that wasn’t enough for more than a cold and had an aneurysm. People who have been laid off and have no friends or family to depend on. The list goes on. The thing is if we don’t have someone to catch us when we fall on hard times, it really could be us out there.

      I’m not sure how we got to this point in society where there’s such a disdain for the homeless. It really breaks my heart. I can’t imagine being in their position. Weathering the elements, surviving on the chance of the kindness of strangers, and being so marginalized. I feel like it’s not an individual’s problem, it’s a collective one. We have to take care of one another.

      I love that your office is sponsoring a family! It’s not just what you do or give, it’s the fact that someone cares enough to do it. That will be a memory you treasure forever. I can’t wait to hear about it ❤

      So nice to meet you, Jess ❤

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      1. It’s my favorite time of the year! I’m trying to find ways to make this last all year! As much as I love the holidays, that shouldn’t be the reason we come together in kindness, that should be every day! ❤

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