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How to Help Create a Special Christmas for Needy Families

Updated on December 10, 2016
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Remembering

Christmas! Ahhhhh what a wonderful time of the year!

Families get together, the lights, the decorations, presents under the tree, and the wonderful Christmas feast we wait for all year long.

For most, it's like a Norman Rockwell painting, but for millions of poverty stricken families, it's just another day without shelter, warm clothing, or food.

Each year, approximately 1.2 million people reach below the poverty level and find themselves without the necessities to sustain them. Food, clothing, and shelter being the primary concerns have fallen short due to the lack of jobs and the lack of donations that are so greatly needed.


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Can We Fix this Problem?

The demand of every day necessities for families in need make it literally impossible for us as individuals to fix this problem on our own. However, as a community, a state, and a nation, we can conquer this together. It is our divine responsibility as a human race to help our fellow man and love one another. There are so many wonderful organizations who are constantly giving and providing for the families in need. But the rise in numbers of those needy families are far surpassing the supplies that are needed.

This is where we come in as individuals.

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My Mother, My Teacher

When I was growing up, my mother always made sure that there was at least one needy family in our church or neighborhood that was taken care of for Christmas. We would all help in the preparation of a Christmas Dinner to take over. We couldn't afford to go out and buy new toys for all the children in the family, so Mom would ask us kids to choose a toy that we have not played with or no longer needed and wrap it up special. I can still remember that wonderful feeling knowing I was giving a gift to a girl my age who had nothing. What a fabulous lesson to teach your children.


From Commercialized to Compassionate

I believe that most would agree that Christmas has become so commercialized, so competitive, and so impersonal, that we have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas, what it stands for and why we celebrate it. Of course the first and foremost reason is the remembrance of the birth of our Savior, and most importantly, his perfect example of unconditional love,message of hope, and his teachings of giving. This, is what Christmas is all about.

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While we prepare for the holiday season and get ready to celebrate with family and friends, take a few moments and think of a family you may know, perhaps within your own church or neighborhood that has fallen on hard times.

What a wonderful surprise it would be for them to be able to celebrate Christmas with a wonderful meal, a few gifts to open, and a feeling of hope for the future.

If you have ever had the desire to be part of such a wonderful gift, now is the perfect time for you to get yourself and your family involved together. Your hearts will grow bigger, your family will become even closer, and you will be a contributing source in such a way that you will never forget.

Helpful Suggestions and Ideas

There are so many ways that we can help create a special Christmas for needy families. The following suggestions and ideas can assist you in creating the perfect Christmas for one or multiple special families:

List of Organizations That You Can Offer Your Service To

Help Serve Christmas Dinner

Non-profit organizations can use our help, especially through the holidays. Churches, soup kitchens, and other organizations have served millions of turkey dinners over the years to those who are homeless and hungry. The awesome thing about donating your time by serving meals at one of these organizations is that not only are you helping a worthy cause, but you will have the profound opportunity to meet the most amazing people who have struggled with so much in their life. Once you spend an afternoon with these courageous individuals, your personal struggles won't seem so critical. It's amazing how we can put everything into perspective and realize that we are all in this boat together!

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Holiday Gift Boxes

One of my favorite things to put together during the holiday season are gift boxes that will contain a complete dinner and wrapped gifts for everyone in the family.
This does not have to cost you an abundance to do, however, you can spend as much as you want or as little as you want. There is no right or wrong way to create a gift box and the best part about it, you get to use your imagination and the whole family can get involved.

One of my samples of a Holiday Gift Box would be:

  • Complete Ham Dinner (I choose ham because it is precooked and it doesn't require a long time to heat, therefore saving the family gas or electricity. This would include all the trimmings: 5lb bag of potatoes, head of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, dressing, bag of croissants, small container of butter, 2 cans of corn, 1 can of cranberry sauce, large jar of gravy, 1 pie and whipped topping.
  • Appropriate age gifts for everyone in the family. This is where the family can really participate. If your family has items that have never been used and can be re-gifted, this is a very unselfish act of giving. Be sure that they are clean before wrapping them. Wrap them with love and care. If you know the names of the family members, write their names on the gift tags, if not, try to get the age and gender on everyone and write that on the tag so there is no confusion as who the gift goes to. (example: GIRL Age 12, BOY Age 8, Adult Female)
  • If I have a little extra money, I will purchase a prepaid gift card to Walmart or any other major store chain so they can buy additional food or home necessities and put it with the parents gift.

There are two ways I like to present the gift boxes:

  1. Anonymously: Sometimes (not often) you will come across a family who may be embarrassed of their situation and have a hard time asking for help. The last thing you want to have happen is to embarrass them. This is about helping and showing that you care. So I will arrange for a special delivery by a friend or delivery service to show up and deliver the box to them with no fanfare.
  2. Delivered by Santa: I will usually use this method if there are children in the family. This way they have a one-on-one with Santa himself and let's them know just how special they really are. I will ask a close friend to perform this task for me. Note* You can also have Santa deliver the gift box anonymously for you.

Financial Relief with Support of Others

Helping someone out financially can always be a great relief, but not always practical. Not many of us have the means to support another family even through the holidays. This is where you find support through your friends and other family members. If you were able to find 50 people who could donate $10 each, you would be able to present $500 to a family who could pay their electricity, rent, buy food, gas, or just about anything they would need. This should be done discretely and with all the love and support you can give. Remember, sometimes you will be dealing with pride as this is a very sensitive area.

Christmas Dinner Gathering

One of the best ways to get to know your neighbors and those who are having a hard time financially is to invite them into your home and make them feel welcomed.
Plan and prepare a dinner, have Santa show up for the kids, and make a special night of it with singing and learning about one another.

Neighborhood Potluck

This is a fabulous way to help your neighbors and to get the whole neighborhood involved.

Neighborhood Potlucks are the fashion these days. Everyone pitches in and brings a dish that feeds at least 10 people. Assignments can be handed out for everything from decorations, to setting up and tearing down tents and tables, to assigning certain dishes such as main dish, salads, veggies, and desserts. The kids could get together and put on a small show, Christmas carols can be sung around a decorated tree, and Santa could pop in with a bag full of goodies for the kids. The ideas are endless. What a great way to invite those who may need a little Christmas cheer. A social gathering is the perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself.

Special Gift for Couples Only

There are couples (and even singles) who don't have a family that may be having a hard time this year. Don't exclude or forget about them either. There are so many ideas that you can do to make their Christmas extra special. The following suggestions are but a few ideas that can be done.

  • Christmas Gift Box for 2
  • Invite them to your home for dinner
  • An envelope with donations by your fellow neighbors
  • Gift certificate for a night on the town (Dinner and a show)
  • Gift cards from their local grocery store

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How can you help a family in need this year?

If you are able to help needy families this year, how would you donate your time and love?

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Christmas Dinner: Pre-planning will save time and money

There are so many ways to give the gift of a Christmas Dinner. There are a couple of things you will want to consider before planning:

  1. The number of adults and children you will be feeding.
  2. (If known) Their nutritional needs. (example: Allergies to certain foods, lactose intolerant, etc.) This extra touch just adds a little more "care" to the gift of giving.
  3. How far they live from you and whether or not you will prepare the meal or deliver the fixings in a box so they can prepare the meal themselves.

Preparing a special dinner for your chosen family can be simple and low-cost as long as you have a plan.

Turkey Dinner:

Prepare and bake the turkey 1-2 days in advance. Let it cool and then slice it down and place in an aluminum pan, covered tightly with foil. On the day of delivery, place the covered turkey in the oven at 325 degrees for 45 minutes to completely warm it up.

While the turkey is warming up, you can prepare the following along with your own meal or separately if delivering the day before Christmas.

  • Mashed potatoes ( estimate approximately 2 potatoes per person)
  • Green Salad with tomato and cucumber slices (Include a small bottle of dressing)
  • Homemade biscuits (2 per person)
  • Steamed vegetables (1 cup per person)
  • Pumpkin pie and whipped topping
  • Gallon of drinking water with Ice tea mix

To make the dinner extra special, you can purchase inexpensive pretty serving dishes and platters to put the food in. (This is a special added gift that they can keep and use it all the time) Wrap everything with heavy duty foil and place bows on top of the dishes. If you are aware of their lack of eating apparatus, buy some holiday paper goods and include it in the delivery.

Authors Thoughts

Christmas time should be a joyous time for everyone, however, every year we see many who have lost their homes, their jobs, their families, and their quality of life.

Take a moment to contemplate your life and what would you do if you found yourself in the same situation. I would be scared to death and my self esteem would probably be next to nil.

It is up to us as human beings to help one another. But here's the key, Although the Christmas season enables that "Giving Feeling", it must continue all year long. As individuals, we can't save the world, but as a world, a nation, a state, and a community, we can better this world in so many ways.

Human nature allows our resources to expand and our abilities to grow. Join hands by being a part of an organization to help one another.

Namaste!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Lots of good suggestions here and well written ...You always do such a good job and your hubs are so well presented...I sometimes wish that people would have this Christmas spirit for others all year. But even now we should all join in ..Thank you. Voting UP and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Lisa! I'm sharing on our H.O.W. page on Facebook since this fits in quite nicely with that theme. Thank you for caring!

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      Rebecka Vigus 4 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      Much that will go a long way here. I generally fill decorated shoe boxes for needy children. Not only do I include treats, but I add essentials, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, mittens, hat, scarf, mouthwash, deodorant....those things food stamps won't buy. But I never lose sight of the fact they are children, so enclose, books, age appropriate games, and toys, I sometimes add gift cards. There is so much need in this world. I try when I adopt a family to remember them throughout the year.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub to encourage people to "spread the love" at Christmastime. My family and I always help at our church to cook and serve the free Christmas dinner we offer.

      I wish I could afford to do more, but I do what I can.

      I voted this Hub UP and will share.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Wow Lisa, this is awesome. You have covered so much territory that anyone can find something they can do. I love the idea of a neighborhood potluck. What a great way to get to know who lives in your neighborhood while sharing a great meal (and recipes) too. I really love this hub and am sharing it!

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      This really got me thinking. You suggested several things I never thought about. Thanks for applying your creativity to this subject. Christmas is far too commercialized...if we all took your suggestions, we would be a lot truer to the holiday.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      This hub is something I needed to locate when I was a child and when I had lived with my family who would pretty much would stare each year at a naked Christmas tree, no presents under it, but at least we had each other.

      Thanks for sharing this heart felt useful hub here I loved the recipe you added to it. I also liked all the cool helpful ideas that can and will surely make a difference if folks. Especially if they choose to follow such sound advice you've provided for them, to help make Christmas time a much more caring and giving moment.

      I can tell you mean well in every way shape and for throughout the reading of your hub, and its not just for the fact of gift giving in itself to others, but you pointed out that there's loads more ways to show we care and love one another for sure.

      Thumbs up and out! and thanks to Billybuc and his cool new movement he got going on HP and FB, I located this awesome hub of your for the holidays.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I should have guess VC would raise you sweet! Lol

      I used to work for a lawyer named J.B. Carter. He and his wife Kay (gosh I loved them!!) used to take their kids and rive around the city on Christmas Eve. They would check out everyone's lights and decorations. They put a special hand written thank you in the mail boxes of people that were the favorites. I've always wanted to do that! Isn't it a cool idea?

      I'm going to Mexico this year gringa...so maybe next! Lol

      Happy holidays to you and yours gorgeous!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I do love this hub.. It is all so wonderful.. I agree we should adopt a family children for Christmas,.. I want to link this to my hub.

      HOW adopt a family children

      Many blessings

      Debbie

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I agree Carol. Just imagine how much better this world would be if we lived with the Christmas spirit every day. Thank you so much for your comment. So nice to see you again! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I love it Bill! I am honored to be a part of it. Thank you for your wonderful ideas and for H.O.W! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      That is such a wonderful idea Duchessoflilac! I think children would love a personalized shoe box all decorated and filled with goodies. It's personal and it shows that extra touch on how much you care about each child! Thank you for sharing that idea! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary! I love the fact that you help out with your church. I think we all wish we could do so much more. What we need to remember is that what we can donate, whether it is time, money or food is that we are doing it with love and care for another human being. Kudos to you and your family! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Linda! I love the potluck idea as well. I love big gatherings of friends and family and what a better way (like you said) to get to know our neighbors! I like the sharing the recipes as well! Thank you so much for sharing! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary! I truly appreciate your sweet comment. I'm glad some of my ideas are helpful to others! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      That means a lot to me Mike! Sometimes it's a little hard for us to commit and donate our time, energy, and love, but when you do you become hooked. The feeling is amazing and it is something you will want to experience time after time (not just at Christmas). I agree with you, Billybuc is an amazing individual with an incredible heart! Thanks to the both of you for sharing! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      lol Kelly.... Yes she did. My mother is an incredible woman. He heart is bigger than her body! I absolutely LOVE that idea about leaving thank you notes in the mail boxes. Very very cool! Mexico sounds amazing... I hope you have a wonderful time and holiday! Feliz Navidad my sweet, gorgeous, talented friend! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Debbie. I would be honored. If I may do the same? ♥

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      Tarik Aarbaoui 4 years ago from Morocco

      It's so sweet of you to write such a wonderful hub:) and making us feel that we need to make some people out there happy !

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you miscellanea! I certainly appreciate your sweet comment! ♥

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      A wonderful presentation about the joys and sadness that are found in this country and others at this holiday season. Great ideas and special hings that we can do to help those in need. Beautiful assortment of photos and well organized in format. Well done,Rusticliving, whonu.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Bill Holland posted a link to this hub in the H.O.W. group and I'm so glad he did! You have some fantastic ideas for reaching out to everyone. Thank you!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for such a wonderful compliment whonu! I certainly am grateful that you enjoyed the hub. ♥

      Bill Holland is a gem! I am so happy that you found this hub and enjoyed it Alexandra! Thank you for taking the time to read it and comment! ♥

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Such a wonderful hub that I am proud to share. You gave so many great ideas. The Holidays seems to be the hardest for many. Thank you for your heart and this wonderful presentation and work towards HOW.

      Sunnie

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a wonderful hub! So filled with great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing this! Up+++ and liknking to my HOW hub!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Sunnie! It was such a humbling experience to write this hub. I hope it will help so many to open their hearts and give a little this season and throughout the year. ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      It was my pleasure btrbell! I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for the link as well. ♥

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wonderful ideas for helping others in need this holiday season. I am going to follow some of your post advice.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this. Before I got ill, I was a big Toys for Tots volunteer. In 2009 my volunteers crossed the $42.000 mark by 12/14.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Dianna! That is wonderful to hear. ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I love the Toys for Tots program. I try to donate every year to that program as well. What an accomplishment for your volunteers! Thank you so much for sharing Martin! ♥

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Great suggestions and wonderfully expressed. I'm doing a cheer for this hub right now. We have so many unfortunate families in Riga too and it's a joy to see people giving and helping around Christma time. Passing this on.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      Great suggestions. Every year, my church has a number of activities to make sure these unfortunate families are taken care of. We hava a Christmas trees with requests hanging, so all we have to do is pick one and make sure the request is taken care of. Also, after Christmas service, we always collect either socks, coats or blankets for the homeless, to be delivered early Christmas morn. Thanks for sharing.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy! I am so pleased you enjoyed this hub. I loved writing it and am thankful for people such as yourself who are so willing to share. ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      That is such a wonderful thing anglnwu! Churches are the best when it comes to helping others. They welcome anyone who wants to volunteer. Thank you so much for sharing what your church does. Very inspiring! ♥

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love this hub so much I had to visit again.. I am going to link it with my Christmas hubs..

      Merry Christmas

      Debbie

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Aweee.. thank you so much Debbie. You are so sweet and thoughtful. I will add yours as well when I update it. ♥

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Lisa, these are all wonderful thoughts and ideas to help someone out that needs it. It is a great way to make a happy day instead of the same humdrum living. Good job!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I like all the food-centered suggestions -- it seems less like charity and more like sharing when dinners are involved. The only issue with helping to serve Christmas dinner is that at least in my area, there's usually far more volunteers than there are spots. So an additional suggestion is to volunteer to serve dinner that is not around Christmas. Organizations usually have trouble getting helpers outside of the holidays. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Sarah AtHome 4 years ago

      Thank you for this lovely post, Lisa. It's so important to remember those who are less fortunate than we are all year, but particularly during the holiday season. Especially the children of those in need. You offer several wonderful suggestions for how to help. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Diane Minton 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      So nice, nominal cooks as myself need this to get the ball rolling in the kitchen and have fantstic results. This hub is short but all inclusive of the details with which you describe the process. Thanks for laying out a menu! Much Needed!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I totally agree with you Alocsin. Although this subject given to me was regarding the Christmas season, I focused on that time of year, however, you are so right, a lot of places will not have enough spaces available for volunteers at this time of the year (which I suppose is a good thing!) The Christmas season always seems to bring out the best in us for sharing and giving. It's a great place to start and get involved so you can carry it throughout the year. Note to self... Volunteer throughout the year! Thanks Alocsin! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Sarah. I know there are so many more ideas out there that can be shared by others. I'm just happy that I can contribute my little ideas to anyone who just doesn't know where or how to get started. :) ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Diane. It always amazes me when you get a handful of people, put a plan together and can create such a wonderful experience for those without. Thanks for you comment! ♥

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      sgbrown 4 years ago

      Hi Lisa! Don't know how I missed this on HP, but I found it via RedGage. Just wanted you to know what a wonderful hub I think this is! Voted up and awesome!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Awwweee thank you so much Sheila! I was so happy to see you there! Thank you for the votes and shares. Big Hugs! ♥

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      This is such a motivational hub especially for the upcoming season. You could put it under the HOW movement started by Bill.

      voted up as inspirational and useful and interesting. Sharing it across.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Ruchira! I believe Bill has already posted it on his site. He captured it right away, bless his heart! Thank you so much for the shares! And a very Happy birthday to you my friend! ♥

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Absolutely fantastic. You have thought of everything and made what might seem overwhelming at first, quite doable. Blessings!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Theresa! I hope it is helpful to those who read it. ♥

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi, You are so right. It is our responsibility to care for others, help them, and love them. And we can make a difference, one person at a time. I can remember one time when I was serving a parenting specialist for a school system, a high falooting way of saying, I felt, I was a parent advocate. I did what I could to help. Some of our children lived in a nearby shelter. They had almost no clothing and no toys. I collected all of the clothing I could find, gently used, and gently used toys and took them to the shelter. I knocked on the door and ran and hid. It was Christmas morning....and the tears flowed...from me and from the recipients. We can make this a more special time for those in need. Thank you for taking the time to write this. God is in the house. Sending Angels your way.... :) ps

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much ps! You are so sweet to say that. But I feel that one of his angels has just posted on my hub and has great experience of giving under her own wings! Thank you for all that you do as well. Namaste! ♥

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for reminding us all to share what we possibly can this Holiday season. Your potluck idea reminded me of something we used to do in our church a long time ago. They were called 'progressive' dinners. You went to one home for appetizers, another for salad, soup, and so on to main entrée and dessert. It was a lot of fun and great fellowship. Merry Christmas, Rusticliving!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Rebecca! I remember those progressive dinners as well. They were a lot of fun. We did a lot of them in Hawaii with our church members as well. Merry Christmas to you as well my friend! ♥

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Great ideas. I know so many need help not just at Christmas. We give to the food pantry all year long and many of our banks and other places collect new toys for kids at Christmas. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dearest RL (babygirl) - My heart is so full and my eyes so clouded with tears. This is the most beautiful hub, touching, inspiring, beautiful and very motivating. It is my hope that it will be considered for HOTD.

      I can't believe I missed this all this time. We can all give something to a person or family in need. Even if our gift is only one of service. YOU are the most giving person I know. You have spent your life giving to others.

      Thank you for this stellar hub. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and sharing on pinterest, twitter, FB and more. xxoo

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      Elizabeth Rayen 3 years ago from California

      Thank you moonlake! You are so right! We do need to be conscious of our time and giving not only at Christmas, but all year long. I like the idea of donating to the food pantry. That is a wonderful gesture and it helps so many who are in need of filling their own cupboards with healthy foods. I certainly appreciate your visit, comments and shares. Have a wonderful day! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 3 years ago from California

      Thanks mamasan (vocal coach) I appreciate you boosting me up as well as my hubs. Thanks for your sweet comment, but I learned from the best when it comes to giving. *XOXO*

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      TopTenChristmas 3 years ago from Christmas Village

      Christmas is always better when you can give to others. Each year we have our kids donate one of their toys and they do it happily.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 3 years ago from California

      That is such a wonderful way to teach your children. Thank you for sharing TopTen! ♥

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      Perspycacious 3 months ago

      You deserve a great BIG hug from Santa for this one!

      Well done, and timely once again.

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