One of the beautiful things about the Christmas season is the way that it inspires people to be generous to those around them. Every year, my husband and I choose a charity to give to around Christmas. In past years, we’ve generally given to charities that help children, such as the Christmas tree programs where you buy gifts for local children or The Daughter Project, which runs a group home for girls who have escaped prostitution. This year, I think we might donate to a charity that helps mothers or their babies, since that is close to our hearts right now. If you’re interested in giving to a charity of this type, check out this post based on the research I have done so far: 5 Charities for Mothers and Babies.
One of the ideas that I’m considering in addition to the charity donation is a warm clothes drive for the homeless in our town. Although we live in California, which people generally associate with warm weather, we’re in Northern California, and it still dips below freezing frequently here in the winter. Our town is small, but like many Californian towns, there is a large homeless population. I’m thinking of getting together a core group of friends to collect winter gear from their own homes and from their friends. Then, on a given day, we will get together for a holiday party, everyone will bring their donations, and I will take the donations to a local charity that helps the homeless. I haven’t figured out all the details yet, but I feel like this could really be an event that makes a difference while still being manageable for my husband and I to plan along with taking care of our daughter.
I’m really excited about giving back this Christmas season, and I hope you will join me. Feel free to share in the comments what you have done (or would like to do) to make Christmas a season of giving for you and your partner.