Spending and giving. There are many fulfilling ways to do both this time of year. Volunteering time in a soup kitchen, delivering meals or taking part in other seasonal, voluntary efforts such as contributing to an Angel Tree.
The Thanksgiving turkey isn’t even out of the oven yet and thoughts have long since turned to holiday shopping.
How can they not, with retail chains putting up trees laden with red and green in August this year? The season of giving starts earlier and earlier, it seems. And that’s a good thing.
While shopping is undeniably a part of the hectic holidays, we ought to remember that giving isn’t limited to brightly wrapped gifts.
Holiday giving can be about giving of one’s self: Volunteering time in a soup kitchen, delivering meals or taking part in other seasonal, voluntary efforts such as contributing to an Angel Tree. Some families take part in food drives or serve up hot meals to those less fortunate at area soup kitchens.
Spending can be for anonymous neighbors as well as loved ones, and it’s as easy as dropping a bill into a now-ubiquitous Salvation Army Red Kettle. Many individuals donate — often in the names of loved ones — to organizations like the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or the local animal shelter. The list, like the need, goes on and on.
Holiday giving: It takes place around decorated trees and at festive get-togethers. But we can give to our community in terms of our time and talent, as well as our pocketbooks. And we can give cheer, hope and smiles to those who would do the same for us, had we the need and they the means.
Holiday spending: It can — and to the extent we’re able, will — be undertaken at various shops for various gifts. But we can spend time, as well, with family, helping others and reflecting on the many things we have to be thankful for as the holidays roar into high gear.
Spending and giving. There are many fulfilling ways to do both this time of year.
-- Messenger Post (N.Y.)