Giving Back at Work for the Holidays
March 2, 2017
How do we give back during the crazy holiday season?
This season it seemed to creep up on us all too fast. We were so happy that we had planned and could execute on the plan early and save us from ourselves and the stress of trying to get it all done at the last minute. It clearly showed how a plan early can help you stay on track, not just with Christmas events but all through the year.
This year we we had an exciting opportunity to partner with Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. This project mobilizes people around the world to pack shoeboxes with gifts, which are then collected, sorted, shipped around the world, and distributed to millions of children living in poverty and hopelessness. Since many of these children have never received a gift, they are elated to receive an Operation Christmas Child shoebox and will forever treasure the toys, school supplies, and hygiene items that they find inside.
We shopped at the local dollar store to get the most for our money to spread it out to as many shoeboxes as we could. It’s amazing that a shoebox for example, that contained tooth paste, a pack of 5 toothbrushes, stuffed animal, a bible, and pencils/sharpener AND included shipping came to only $15! It’s an amazing feeling to know that the box can change a child’s life forever. Some of these kids grow up to become young adults and still have and talk about their stuffed animal or other items they received, and what that box meant to them. Incredible to be a part of this.
We also think there are so many ways to give back during this season and sometimes it’s doesn’t have to be about the gift giving or charity donations. We think all the little things count too. Little things like someone volunteering to order lunch for the office, starting the cars at the end of the day, brushing snow off a co-worker’s car, the extra thank you for a job well done and keeping an upbeat attitude to not let any potential scrooge dampen the holiday spirit in the office. Here in Minnesota some of these items mean so much more than gifts as we don’t like the cold weather this time of year.
Outside of the little things, it is nice to join with your co-workers and do something for an organization as well. Bringing everyone together to bond on that activity creates a great united team not to mention the satisfaction of serving others. Name your organization that best fits your culture and caring and join to do something to help others this holiday season. Plan, unite, and serve; you’ll be amazed at the results.
Lori Kicker & Dan Star
For more ideas and inspiration check out this blog by Angelique O’rourke’ called
“How to Bring the Holiday Spirit of Giving Into Work”.
READ FULL BLOG HERE