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I know that Giving Tuesday has come and gone, but I can’t not speak about something that has been weighing a bit heavy on my heart these days.
The Holidays are a time to be happy and celebrate. Start new traditions and rekindle the old. The Holidays are a super awesome, magical time for us. But, at the same time, it can be incredible disheartening and even dark for some.
One of the hats that I wear often, yet, don’t often talk about here, is that I’m super involved with the PTA at my children’s school. (I’m sharing the Vice President role with a super awesome friend) And because of the volunteer work I have become a huge advocate for children. And because of this work, my eyes have been opened to things that just tug at my heart. We are very blessed to be able to go to one of the best schools in our district. Great teachers and super involved families. I have to admit, I am sort of ashamed, but sometimes if something doesn’t touch/impact you directly, it becomes easy to believe that these issues aren’t a problem. Or even worse, that they don’t exist.
But they do.
Things that I often take for granted are luxuries for some. To have a roof over your head. To be able to eat 3 meals a day. Having warm clothes to wear when the weather gets cold. To be able to attend fun events at your school. All of these things are easy to take for granted.
So this season, our family will be giving locally. To families within our community. To families that may walk the same school halls as we do. We do not know who they are, but we know that they need just a little bit of help. And that little bit of help and kindness can make this season bright for many who are struggling.
While working with our PTA takes me away from my family for a few hours once a month, I hope that my children can see why I do it. That it is important to be a voice for those that may not have one. That is important to help. That it doesn’t take much to make a difference.
Giving doesn’t have to be something big or grand. It can even be something as small as paying for the person behind you at Starbucks. (It’s happened to me, and it totally made my horrible day so much better) How will you give this Holiday season?