Giving Back For the Holidays

Staff Writer: Makayla Powell

The holidays particularly are always a special time to reflect on how fortunate our lives are and how grateful we are to be able to have many of the opportunities and privileges we do. In the same way the holidays seem to magnify our gratitude for our lives, there are many people going through extremely difficult times and their struggles seem to be magnified as well. Seeing these struggles prompts people to desire an opportunity to make a difference, even if it is just one person or family they are impacting. So, start a new holiday tradition this year by doing some of these awesome volunteer projects to support a meaningful cause and even change lives.

One of the easiest things to do to give back is to simply go to the store. Many stores have their own donation projects where you can buy an extra toy for a child in need or donate a couple of dollars to a foundation. Senior Armando Alvarez said, “Whenever the cashiers at the store ask me if I want to donate a dollar to the foundation they’re sponsoring I always donate five because I stay balling.” An organization that works with these stores called Operation Christmas Child has people who want to donate take these shoe-box size boxes and fill it up with goodies and games and practical things for children to receive Christmas presents because they cannot afford any.

Another simple way to help out is to donate food, clothes, or toys to your local MUST Ministries. MUST has locations all over Georgia and is always working to provide food, housing, employment, and clothing to families working to get back on their feet all year long. Senior Mckenzie Keeton said, “As a Christmas tradition my family donates tons of food to MUST ministries every year to give back. We try to make Christmas more about giving than receiving.” This time of year they also have toy donations where you can bring gently used or new toys to donate and give to children whose families are unable to provide. MUST Ministries is an amazing organization in our community and is always providing opportunities to serve others. All the information to volunteer or donate is on their website. musttFrom MUST Ministries Website

Although a little more out of the way, the Atlanta Community Food Bank is an organization based out of  Atlanta that works with more than 600 nonprofit partners—including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers—to distribute over 50 million meals to more than 755,000 people in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. They provide critical resources for low-income Georgians who suffer from hunger and food insecurity. You can go to their website to check out all the events  and volunteer opportunities they have.

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