Holiday Gifts from Small Businesses
There is no question that 2020 has been a hard year. On this Giving Tuesday, I wanted to share a few places I’ve committed to that perhaps may inspire you to give as well.
Feeding America: I was so proud when Home Chef partnered with Feeding America earlier this year when the pandemic was really starting to unfold in our country. I’ve committed to a monthly donation to Feeding America, but they also accept one time donations.
(local)Christian Life Home: This is an organization serving pregnant women between ages 10-23 in North Carolina since 1985. I’ve donated financially as well as gifted baby items that I no longer needed or received from a brand and didn’t use. As a mom, I cannot imagine a young girl being pregnant and not having support, so I’m happy to support this organization with a monthly donation.
(local) Brown Bag Ministry: This is a local organization that serves the homeless in my area. While volunteering in-person is challenging with COVID19 restrictions, there are other tangible ways to serve like filling up Christmas Gift Bags for homeless men in the area. I committed to an ongoing monthly donation but plan to fill some Christmas Gift bags and drop them off at a donation site.
Another idea and simple way to care for people this holiday season (or year-round) is to keep some granola bars, bottles of water, or basic toiletries in your car. It always breaks my heart when I see homeless men and women on the side of the street asking for money, and sometimes it’s unclear whether or not giving money is helpful or hurtful, so offering a few basic essentials (food, water bottle, toiletries, etc) may help in a safe way.
One of the things I really love about Justin is his generosity when he’s in situations like this. When he’s been approached at gas stations or fast-food restaurants he always offers to buy him or her a meal.
While there are constant needs for volunteers, donations, and more all year round, I appreciate the pause amongst gift buying during the holidays to look at where we can give back.