Day 1 of 12 Days of Blogmas: Today we're sharing ways to give back and we're also giving away!! Come check out how to be the good and win some really good prizes valued at OVER $800 + $150 in Paypal Cash
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On The First Day of Blogmas We’re Giving Back and GIVING AWAY!!

Welcome to Day 1 of 12 Days of Blogmas!

Today we’re focusing on giving back this holiday season, which is near and dear to my heart. 🙂 I’ve blogged about giving back and being kind to each other often, so of course when I saw this on the list of 12 Days I was ecstatic! While gearing up to write this post it got me in the holiday feel good spirit, so I took myself to Starbucks and paid for the person behind me. 🙂

I don’t know about you, but I need all the holiday spirit lately. I think we could all use it.

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12 Ways You Can Give Back This Holiday

12 Ways to give back this holiday + one huge giveaway!

  1.  I already mentioned one. Pay for the person behind you in line.Pay It Forward
  2. Donate your time in the classroom. This is huge. I know teachers appreciate the help. Maybe while you’re there take the teachers some coffee. 🙂

3.Volunteer to read at your local library or children’s hospital.

12 Ways to give back this holiday season + a HUGE giveaway.

4Make care kits for the homeless: Gloves, dry snacks, toothpaste, toothbrush, lotion, baby wipes, socks, hand warmers, body wash, and Chapstick. Homelessness is rather abundant in Seattle and the surrounding areas, so this holiday I plan on stocking my glove box with gloves and socks.

12 Ways to give back this holiday + a HUGE giveaway!!

5. Donate toys with your family. This is something my kiddos look forward to every year. We have donated to the Angel Tree Program and Toys for Tots . Also, check with your local schools, sometimes they can put you in contact with a family that may need a little assistance over the holidays.

Toy for toy drive

6. Hand out hot chocolate packets with Redbox movie codes. 🙂 My kids and I have done this in the past with popcorn. 🙂

7. Stick a dollar or two in the Dollar Spot at Target. It’s nothing huge, but for a kid browsing the Dollar Spot… DAY MADE.

8. Leave your postal worker some cookies in the mailbox. My tia {aunt} is a postal worker in Indiana; I think because of her and my frequent visits to the post office I have such a soft spot for postal workers. Every year we leave goodies for our postal carrier.

Give back this holiday season. 12 Ways you can give back this holiday season

9. Make or donate blankets to your local police/fire station or Project Linus.

12 Ways to give back this holiday season + a HUGE giveaway!

10. Don’t forget the troops! Send cards or care packages. You know I have a soft spot for our military. I’m the wife of a veteran and the daughter of one too (along with other countless family members and friends who have served).  I remember both my husband and my dad talking about how happy they were when a box showed up for them while they were deployed.

11. Send handmade cards to nursing homes.

Cards for the forgotten

12. Donate food to your local food pantry. During the holidays your local food pantry may run low on certain items. Also, remember to donate things that most people do not think to donate such as: gluten-free items, nut-free or lactose free items.

12 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season + a HUGE Giveaway!!!

I could keep going, but I’ll stop there. I have a few posts linked below with more ideas, plus I’m sure you’ll want to read what everyone else has to share too. 🙂

What are some ways you give back during the holidays?

Not only are we giving back today, we’re GIVING AWAY!!

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Check out how my fellow 12 Days of Blogmas friends are giving back this holiday. 🙂

Meet the 12 Days of Blogmas bloggers: We're sharing 12 Days of holiday cheer and one HUGE giveaway you don't want to miss!! ;)

? Alyssa from Babies, Bloodhounds and Booze

?Jules from One Ruud Mom

?MK from Urban Housewife Adventures

?Samantha from My Legendary Style

?Denise from StL Motherhood

?Joanna from Motherhood and Merlot

?Phyllis from Verified Mom

?Katie from Views From A Step Stool

?Julie from Girl on the Move

?Theresa from Dear Creatives 

?Jill from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals

Day 1 of 12 Days of Blogmas: Today we're sharing ways to give back and we're also giving away!! Come check out how to be the good and win some really good prizes valued at OVER $800 + $150 in Paypal Cash

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31 thoughts on “On The First Day of Blogmas We’re Giving Back and GIVING AWAY!!”

  1. These are great ways to give back! One thing that I saw a few years ago were people leaving gloves, scarves, and blankets, and other warm things tied to trees, or on park benches where the homeless usually camp out. It was so beautiful! I won’t be able to go out to do it this year because baby #2 will be here soon, but I plan to donate some items.

  2. I love love love this list! I pinned it before I read it. I really want to do something in the community this year, the idea of making care kits for the homeless. I can get everything I need at the 99cent store.

  3. I read this when I got a post notification this morning, but knew I must have read something wrong. Too early in the morning or something so I decided to read it again later. Just reread and OH My GOSH, I didn’t read it wrong! One lucky winner! I’m like WOW that’s awesome, but it feels like it should be shared! Lol, thanks to all of you for offering the giveaway!

  4. These are all great ways to give during the holidays. Our favorite way of giving is putting money in the Salvation Army red buckets. The bell ringers even usually let our kids ring the bell.

  5. We had a similar day but it was Dunkin Donuts for me! Scarlet asked me to do it at Starbucks but no one was behind us. We even waited! Next time. Our order was.. ahem.. $18. It’s definitely more giving to do it there, I think.
    You spread such good love!

  6. So many great ideas on this list! I’ve tried to volunteer at our children’s hospital to read books but learned it was a HUGE process to get approved so now I’m going to try out something else from the list!

  7. You’re too sweet. I’ve done a few of these, but I am now inspired to do more I haven’t thought of! And what an amazing giveaway! Hopefully I can collab for your next one =)

  8. Awesome ideas! I had another idea the other day when I was driving around in the rain. I saw a woman walking to a bus stop with her coat slung over her head. Although I had 2 umbrellas in my van, I *could* have pulled over and offered her one. In fact, I’ve been beating myself up over not doing just that and have resolved to make a kinder choice the next time.

    Great post!

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