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    6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 27, 2012 11:23 PM by Moderator Ilona

    Lending a helping Hand.

    Moderator Ilona Ranger

      Are you as a Business or as an individual planing on helping other in your neighborhood during this holiday season?

      Are you planing to donate items, money or time to your local charities?

      Did you ever think about playing 'Secret Santa' for a family or two that are really bad off and can not afford to have a Christmas or can not afford to pay the bills and have to decide to either put food on the table or pay to keep the heat on?

      Share your ideas on what you could or will do to help someone out this Holiday season.

       

      Ilona

        • Re: Lending a helping Hand.
          Moderator Ilona Ranger

          Just heard of a great way to help others during the holiday season. A small family owned business in our neighborhood is donating a turkey and all the trimmings to the local church to help feed the needy for every $250 dollars (combined) spent in their store from now until Dec. 23rd. What a great way to give back.

           

          Ilona

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            EVA7777 Adventurer

            There are numerous businesses in our community who are making this holiday season much brighter for those in need! We personally assisted with the children's clothing and toy drive this year. We donated over $1000 worth of clothing that was then sorted by size into "goodie bags" for the local children who would not otherwise have had Christmas this year. Some of the local businesses are also providing Christmas Dinner to families through a "Secret Santa" network where you provide the name and address of families in the community that would not have otherwise been able to afford the meal. We helped a family that is struggling due to medical expenses and the gift of giving has really touched our hearts this season!

             

            Jennifer King, MSA

            jking@elitevirtualaccountants.com

            615-688-7707

             

            • Re: Lending a helping Hand.
              Moderator Ilona Ranger

              Just wanted to update everyone on whats going on with the meal donation here at our village. It made the local paper and from there it kinda went wild, a local farmer donated 10 turkeys and a week's egg production from his 50 hens, a local grocery store is matching meal for meal until today at close of business (almost 1000 meals so far). We had to move the drop of site for the donations to the local high-school gym because it seems like everyone just wants to help. We also got coats and blankets and toys that got dropped off so our small army of volunteers is busy getting everything together and ready to be delivered by Santa tonight. Due to the generosity of all the people here we will be able to make this a very Merry Christmas for all the people/families on our list and more. Christmas surely is a wondrous time.

               

              Ilona

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                moneytrack Scout

                I'm a teacher and every year during the holiday season I have each class adopt a family that is less fortunate.  The families sign up through a charity and the charity gives us a Christmas list from each person of the family.  This helps kids see that their time and efforts are helping an actual person.  They will have a first name, age, gender, sizes, and any other relevant info.  The kids donate presents themselves, or they donate money and when its over I will go out and buy the gifts.  The kids then get to wrap the presents, and the charity will come to our building to pick them up.  It's a very hands on and meaningful way to give.

                 

                 

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