This is the time of year that everyone loves. Being able to spend time with your family that might be coming in from out of state, giving and receiving, and playing in the snow. That is, if we ever get any. So many people are happy throughout this time of year and are showing their thankfulness for the people around them.

What we need to do is show our thanks and give to the people who don’t have all of the things that we do. There are people starving, living in hospitals with diseases or injuries and people who aren’t able to give their families the Christmas meals they feel they deserve.

During the holiday season, there is a blood drive being held in our school district at the 9th grade academy. This event will be held on Wednesday, December 13th from 2:30pm-6:30pm in the project room at Prairie Point. Each person who donates will get the choice to receive a long sleeved t-shirt, a $10 amazon gift card, or a $5 gift card to subway, starbucks, or target.

Also, there are many food drives that give a great opportunity to give those near you a happy holiday season. There is a program called “Feeding America” which is a nationwide network of food banks and we are lucky enough to have one of those in Cedar Rapids which we know as HACAP. This network secures and distributes 4 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States.

With this program, you and your family could very easily donate a few items of food at least for the less fortunate ones. During the holiday season, it’s great to have time with your families, but it feels even better to give to the ones who aren’t able to have a great time with their families.

During Christmas time, your family is able to adopt a child or a family to help out during the holiday season. It’s a very simple process and can inspire a sense of giving to the children in your family to give in the future as well. To adopt a family, all you have to do is contact local catholic charities, social services, the salvation army or visit to be matched with the recipients. Specifically, you would be paired with a family that has children the same age as the children/teenagers in your family.

After you learn about the people you are giving to, you are able to brainstorm gift ideas for the family that you had adopted. When you have ideas, you can go out and buy the gifts, wrap them, and drop them off to the designated spot. With this, you are able to give to a family in need without even letting them know you are giving to them. This can brighten anyones holiday season.

If you believe these are good ideas and want more options, you can take part in toys for tots which is an organization that you are able to donate gifts to anonymously. During the holiday season, when you donate a new toy or game, Hasbro will also donate a toy or game up to a million gifts. So, when you give one, they get two.

Overall, there are so many different ways you are able to help the people in need especially during the holiday season. Helping them out will brighten their day and maybe even their year. You have no idea how excited you could make a young child that may not have gotten a present their whole life. Happy Holidays!

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