Goodwill for the Season

‘Tis the season! The season for giving, caring, and sharing. It’s also the season that our young ones can get caught up in the presents, what they will get, what they want, but it doesn’t have to be all about the stuff. We can take this opportunity to get back to the basics and the true meaning of Christmas. We can reverse the focus of what they will get to what they can give. After all, this is the perfect time of year to remove the old to make room for the new.

Teaching our children, the art of being charitable is a gift that will keep on giving for generations to come. This is also an incredible opportunity to show them that it is the love behind the gift and not the cost of the gift that really matters. With 5 young children, the holidays can be very expensive for us. That is why I love thrift stores such as Goodwill. Goodwill sells donated goods through more than 3,200 stores across the United States and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue to provide those services to people who are unemployed or underemployed. Not only can you shop for your holiday outfits, but you can also make a difference in the lives of people in your community by donating to Goodwill. 

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Many of us will be doing some online shopping this season as well. As we prepare for the holidays, get our homes ready for family and friends we can take this opportunity to give back to our community. When you shop online this holiday season, many major retailers will send your purchase in a Give Back Box, which will enable you to donate items to your local Goodwill at no cost to you. This program gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Visit GiveBackBox.com for more information.

We all love to share our amazing thrift store finds. This year, we can do something a little different, in the spirit of giving and show our “reverse hauls” of the items that you plan to donate using the hashtag #DonateStuffCreateJobs. Share videos or picture(s) of the items you plan to donate and use the donation impact calculator to let the world know how many hours of on-the-job training you are creating with your used stuff — stuff that doesn’t help anyone when it’s in the back of your closet or under your bed. 

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Keeping with the spirit of the season, we can all take this time to master the art of charitable giving and reflect on the great gifts that truly matter, love and family.

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Goodwill for the Season

Angela England is a renaissance woman who doesn't let five children stop her from many pursuits, interests and tasks. Angela is a freelance writer, professional blogger, speaker, labor doula, massage therapist and can usually be found with a coffee nearby. Angela recently published her first book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (more or less) and has since published her first Untrained Housewife Guide - Getting Prepared. ... More

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