December 10, 2014
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Giving Back for the Holidays

giveback1. Nursing and Retirement Homes
Volunteer to bring homemade gifts to your local nursing or retirement home. But don’t just drop everything off and leave; stay for a little while! Everyone will enjoy your company, and you might just make some new friends.

2. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter—and bring a little something extra!
It’s always nice to volunteer at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or food drive. But this holiday season is the perfect time to bring presents with you! Everyone should be able to open a gift on Christmas morning, right? So, pick up some of your favorite gifts at Target or Walgreens and give to those who really need them.

3. Find your local Salvation Army Angel Tree
The Salvation Army puts trees up every year, but these trees are special. Through its Angel Tree program, you can adopt a child in need to donate gifts to. Head to your local mall or find out where your Angel Tree is so you can adopt a child in need.

4. Write a letter to Santa at Macy’s
Every year, Macy’s sets up a huge red mailbox in stores for kids to write letters to Santa Clause. So, this year make sure your letter to Santa is sent by Macy’s, because for every letter written, Macy’s will donate one dollar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! If you can’t get to a store, no worries—you can write one online!

5. Check out what’s happening at your local church
Churches often organize food drives or clothing drives during the holiday season so those in need can have a Christmas too. Find out what your church is doing this year and join in!

Tweet @MackenzieBlue using the hash tag, #GiveBackWithMissy, and let me know what you’re doing this holiday season to #GiveBack.

 

Maura A.

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