Thursday, January 17, 2013

Donating for Days

 “IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!” Well, the holidays are meant to be. It’s when you go manic to get that ‘oh so perfect gift’ for your children, lover, friend, or even sister-in-law that drives you crazy. However, let’s take a breath from all the “Whobilation” (a term all you Grinch fans should know) and look around to see how commercialized the holidays became. Everywhere you turn there are endless streams of commercials on TV, ads in magazines and billboards, showing which stores have the best deals for Christmas. Researchers estimated that the average American family will spend $271 on Christmas gifts per child this year. But you know, there are other ways to “spread holiday cheer for all to hear” as Buddy the Elf would say.

There are so many ways to give back, whether you give your time or give donations, you will help spread the holiday cheer in The City of Brotherly Love. Helping children get holiday spirit is such an amazing gift and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is an excellent place to volunteer or to make donations. Philabundance is a great organization where you can hand deliver food to people in need. The Hunger Relief Center and Community Food Center are also extension programs of Philabundance, where you can further help those in need. The Lombard Soup Kitchen, in Philadelphia, needs many volunteers to cook meals for those at local shelters. Also, Habitat for Humanity has volunteers help build homes for those who are less fortunate. After the devastating Hurricane Sandy, that ravaged the Northeast, rebuilding is key for families during this holiday season. With support and involvement in the community, you can experience joy while filling others with hope! 

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