Do you participate in charitable endeavors over the holidays? (Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, Thanksgiving, New Years, whatever you celebrate)
In our house we consider community as one of the three pillars of importance (Family, school/work, community). Doing for others - in person or online, organized or not, time or cash - is big. The holidays just makes it more pronounced.
This year in addition to organizing the office efforts to support seniors and adopt kids from the angel tree, and in addition to volunteering time, we've found a new cause - we are adding to the media collection at the local Pediatric wing of the hospital. They have a list of movies, Wii, and 360 games available to the young in-patients. But it isn't due to the holidays. Last December DD spent 4 days as a resident. We were so grateful for the wonderful staff... and we were very aware that at 16 she was better able to cope with the restrictions that most of the floor's residents. Movies help pass the time... so I am taking advantage of the sales to purchase some titles. Some for little-little ones, and some for teens.... (nothing else would have persuaded me to buy twilight!) They gave me a list of what they have.
This is one more cause. (We also support our schools and local library with book donations - yay scholastic; and support the Ronald McDonald House - nearby and when we travel).
This year DD told me she wants to adopt a child or 2 off the tree..... she has a job, and some disposable income, and has come to the realization that she has everything she needs. (Makes me so proud) So she wants to make sure that Christmas is a happy time for some kids in the community.
What do you support? Do you participate as a family, or each individually?