December 5, 2011

What do the holidays mean to you?

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6787040December is a month full of special days. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Three Kings Day, St. Lucia Day, or Ramadan, December offers great opportunities for teaching about our multicultural world.

What do the holidays mean to you? It seems like there is so much pressure to give gifts, we end up buying “something good enough” just so you can cross names off your list.

I would like to challenge you to shift the way you spend your holiday gift giving dollars from getting various stuff, to giving to those who can really use it; and it’s not just about money, you can also donate your time, expertise or goods – it’s all a gift.

If you have kids, there’s nothing better than getting them involved in the decision making process and providing them with a firsthand philanthropic experience to watch them enjoy that feel-good rush we get by doing good.

The first step is finding a needy organization which reflects your interests and values. There are certainly lots of them; however, if you need any assistance coming up with one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Good luck and Happy Holidays for whatever you celebrate!

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