Christmas can be festive and fun for some. It can be stressful and depressing for others.
In the busyness of the holiday season, take some time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. God Bless, He is good!
The Holidays is a time for family, fun, food, fellowship and for giving and receiving gifts. Although, not everyone is so blessed and fortunate enough to be able to participate in all of these festivities. The reasons for the season vary from person to person, as a Biblical Living writer, many in my audience believe the reason for the season is to remember Christ’s birth. Many who follow this belief should have no trouble agreeing that charity and giving back during the holiday season is important. In fact, Biblical principles suggest that giving charity is a lifestyle, not just a temporary seasonal idea. Here are some interesting and creative ideas for giving back to the Columbus, Ohio community and area:
1. Nationwide Children’s Hospital here in Columbus, OH, is currently in the middle of a campaign.The message is for the central Ohio community to consider giving. http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving Mary Ellen Peacock
2. Women around the world are making beautiful handcrafted products.When you buy one, you’ll help the woman who made it there. And we’ll donate to a local nonprofit that helps a woman in need here. http://www.sohza.com/
3. This season, holiday shoppers in Greater Columbus can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.The program helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. BeaSantatoaSenior.com Kristin Danley-Greiner
4. Today, HandsOn Central Ohio is a multi-faceted organization, with a diversity of programs connecting those in need to resources, and pairing available volunteers to the nonprofit sector. http://www.volunteercentralohio.org/about
5. Columbus Gives Back is for people who want to give back to the community and meet new people through fun and social volunteer opportunities! http://columbusgivesback.org/
6. Sending holiday cards that benefit local charities is a great and easy way to support a good cause and spread the word about it. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank offers an appealing holiday tribute ornament. https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/ornament Jon Siegel
7. For $25, Artist Santa sends you a piece of art and also donates supplies to a classroom in need. http://www.artsicle.com/communities/art-santa-2013 Alex Tryon
8. Toys for Tots recognized a need in this country to help the Under-Privileged children of America. http://columbus-oh.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/about-local-toys-for-tots.aspx Deidre Krause
9. One great, easy idea for ordinary people to create a better world is to organize an event through Brown Paper Tickets. The free ticketing company donates 5% of profits from every ticket sold to charities. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/browse.htmlBarb Morgen
10. Anyone can “do good” just by buying our items that support the worthiest causes. 50%+ proceeds go to fighting poverty, hunger, disease, environmental degradation and other life-threatening ills around the globe. http://www.dogoodbuy.us Zack Rosenberg