The saying "charity begins at home" is the theme for my last idea on how you can "Make Spirits Bright" this Christmas season without spending a lot of money.
So far we've lifted spirits this season with cards for troops, Toys for Tots, and food for the hungry. Here's a suggestion that won't cost you a penny but will certainly be appreciated by the recipients. Just be nice to your loved ones!
Now I know you may think this is a silly thing, but how often do we take husbands, wives, kids, parents for granted? Wouldn't it be nice if, instead of getting them something they don't want, you actually did some things they would appreciate?
I'm not talking about anything elaborate here, just those little everyday things that might make life easier for your loved ones. Husbands & wives, how much do you think your spouse would appreciate you doing some of his or her chores without being asked to help out? Kids, how much do you think your parents would appreciate you doing your chores or helping around your house a little extra? These are the kind of things that can really have an impact on the recipient and "Make Spirits Bright" this Christmas. Try it and find out.
I hope you have had a chance to take part in some of the ideas here over the past several weeks and I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Hope you have been able to get some cards in the mail for our military men and women and have had a chance to pick up a toy to drop off for Toys for Tots. On now to our next idea to help "Make Spirits Bright" this Christmas season.
O.K. I have my Christmas cards for the troops ready to be mailed, so now it's on to the next idea to "Make Spirits Bright."
An effort near and dear to our hearts here at WITN is the Toys for Tots program We have been participating for as long as I can remember by simply encouraging you to drop off a new unwrapped toy at our studios in Greenville or Washington. But we don't just ask you to participate...many of us will be doing the same.
You don't have to spend a lot of money on this. In fact, part of the idea behind this blog is to share things we can do during the holidays to help others that don't cost a lot of money. The Toys for Tots program is a perfect example because the toy you donate may be the only present some kids will open come Christmas morning. Think about that. Your $5.00, $10.00 or more gift IS Christmas for some. That generosity will "Make Spirits Bright" this holiday season.
There are plenty more ideas to share. I'll continue to post those in the coming days and weeks and encourage you to share your ideas as well. And if you plan to participate in the Toys for Tots drive your toy needs to be dropped off by December 14th.
There are many ways you can make this Christmas season more meaningful for yourself and others...I'm going to share some of them with you over the next several weeks in a running blog I'm calling "Making Spirits Bright."
Sending a Christmas card to a member of the military is something that's always appreciated by the recipient.
Here's how to do it. The American Red Cross is teaming up once again with Pitney Bowes for the "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program. From now until December 10th you can send your cards to the Red Cross. Pitney Bowes will then screen them and the cards will be sent to members of the military and their families all over the world.
Send your cards to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.
The Red Cross suggests you include your heartfelt sentiments and sign all cards, entitle cards with generic terms such as “Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran,” limit cards to 15 per person or 50 for school class or business group, bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes. Don't send letters, care packages or monetary gifts, don't include personal information such as home or email addresses, don't use glitter – excessive amounts can aggravate health issues of wounded recipients, and don't include inserts of any kind as they must be removed in the screening process.
I have sent cards in years past and plan on doing it again. It truly is a way to "Make Spirits Bright."
I'll be posting more ideas in the coming days and weeks. If you have ideas please feel free to post them here as well.
Do you eat lunch out during the week? If so you probably spend at least $10.00 when you do. Why not skip eating out just one day a week, bring in your lunch from home, and use that $10.00 or so to help the local food pantry in your community? You'll be surprised how many canned goods or other non-perishable items you can buy for that $10.00. Of course if you want to spend more that is up to you.
You could even encourage your co-workers to give up eating out just one day a week and combine all of the money you save to buy needed food for the local pantry or soup kitchen. If just four of your co-workers join you that's $50.00 worth of food available for someone else who may be in desperate need...and it really isn't costing you much at all.
This is the time of the year for us to all count our blessings and "Make Spirits Bright" for others. Spending it to help make sure others don't go hungry is just one more way for you to do that.
We'll have more ideas here in the next few weeks on how to "Make Spirits Bright" this Christmas season and I encourage you to post your suggestions on what you do as well.