My to-do list is growing.
I still have
all some presents to buy.
But yesterday, I was thinking about the true spirit of Christmas: giving.
And no, I don't mean that fabulous West Elm blanket that I'm giving to my sister.
(ha! not really your present if you're reading this, sis!)
I'm talking about giving to the less fortunate.
To those who can't afford anything else, at Christmas or year-round.
This holiday season, David and I decided to give to a couple different organizations.
Our family is bringing our unused coats to a Christmas party this weekend, so that my
aunt can donate them to a local homeless shelter.
David and I gave to our local Jaycee's Empty Stocking Fund.
Teachers from local elementary schools nominate children who are in need each year,
and the organization buys toys and clothes for those kids.
We also pulled an "angel" off of our Angel Tree at church. Our angel is
a four year old little boy who lives in our city. David and I don't have any little ones
ourselves (yet!), so I had way too much fun buying adorable clothes for our angel.
[Size 4T corduroy pants? SO cute!]
And, finally, we're making our annual donation to the American Cancer Society.
David and I lost his mother to bone cancer last year and we've had
many other family and friends suffer through this disease,
so this organization has been near and dear to our hearts for awhile.
[In fact, in lieu of favors at our wedding, we made a donation to ACS.]
all images via Flickr
It's so important not to forget those in need, especially at this time of year.
Are you giving this holiday season?
Please feel free to leave a link to your favorite cause in a comment.
The more who give, the merrier!