Helping Out During the Holidays and Beyond

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During the holidays, when friends and families gather to enjoy each other’s company, many want to share their good fortune and give back time or money to help brighten the lives of others. But where to start? Where can you find meaningful opportunities to give back in your community?

Below you will find three articles about giving back during the holidays and beyond – giving and volunteering opportunities that make an impact here at home, in Contra Costa County:

Rethinking Gifts During the Holidays – by Dana Santos

Dana SantosSome years ago, my family had an email exchange during the holidays to discuss gift giving between adults, and whether those gifts still felt “right.” We were all professionals, earning good livings and able to provide for our families. We all had more stuff than we needed and there was always Costco in case we felt like we needed more stuff. Click here to read more…

Helping Out During the Holidays & Beyond – Theresa Hurley

As the holidays approach, many people’s thoughts turn to helping out those who are less fortunate. Many, many individuals, families and groups want to volunteer their time to serve food or assist others in some way during the holidays. As a former staffer at the Volunteer Center of the East Bay, I fielded many calls from well-meaning people calling the day before Thanksgiving or the week before Christmas wanting to know how they can be of service to others. Click here to read more…

Helping Raise a Teen’s Holiday Spirit – by Amabelle Camba

As the holidays approach, images arise of children anticipating gift- opening time. But, for some, the images do not match reality. There are kids who have grown into teenagers, many having lost the magic of Santa Claus and of wishing. Growing up, however, is not the only reason for the loss. Click here to read more…

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