Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The spirit of giving

By: Scott Stein, Leonard & Finco Public Relations

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means time off from work, turkey and all the fixings, football and, of course, Black Friday for those who dare to get their shopping started. After several years of Black Friday creeping earlier and earlier into Thanksgiving, some store chains and malls are moving the openings back to Friday. I’m all in favor of that, but to be honest, I’ve never been much of a Black Friday shopper.

For me, the holidays are about family and friends. It’s also about community. This is a great time of year to think about ways to give back and do something for others. Here are just a few thoughts:

  • Volunteer – Even if you have a lot of people to shop for, think about taking some time to help out with your favorite nonprofit. Volunteers are the key to the success of most charitable organizations. The Christmas season is a great time to ring bells for The Salvation Army or prepare a meal at the local homeless shelter. Giving your time and energy is a great gift during the holidays and at other times of the year.
  • Plan an office fundraiser – You can turn a work lunch into a fundraising event or maybe plan an office bake sale to raise money for charity. Even if you have a small office, if everyone gets involved, the nickels and dimes do add up.
  • Collect food or toys – Many organizations are looking for non-perishable food donations or toys during the Christmas season. If everyone in your workplace donates a couple of cans of food or a toy, those items can collectively make a difference for those who are less fortunate this holiday season.
Charitable efforts in the workplace can also lead to improved teamwork. And you’ll also reap the benefits of knowing that you’ve done something to help those in need.

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