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The holidays are a fabulous time to think beyond your own circumstances and give back.

Every year you always hear me talk about Operation Christmas Child. I love this organization and have supported them since I learned of them many years ago in MOPS (which this is my last year – boo hoo!). You can volunteer at a local processing center now too. It was truly a humbling experience to do this.

As many of you also know, we have several sponsored children through World Vision and Compassion International. We always send a little something at Christmas, and other times throughout the year. While this is through monetary support, it is such an honor to be a part of these children’s lives.

Those are two places that anyone can give back to nationally. But, let’s think locally. In hearing stories from my mom, there were times when they had nothing. No food. No gifts. Yet others came in to provide. If you know of a family like this, or want to make an impact with others so they know God’s work happens through us, give back. It’s more than money and time.

Perhaps you know of a church or homeless shelter that provides in similar ways. Maybe it’s a food bank or you could just grab a name off of the giving tree at the store. There are so many ways to give back: in time, money or your talents. Just look around and see where your gift fits in.

Get your kids involved in the act of giving. While it’s not the easiest thing to do with our crazy busy schedule, it’s been my goal to have our entire family serve at a soup kitchen or similar establishment. I want my boys to know that there are people out there not like them.

One of the benefits from moving away from our hometown is the diversity. Not by the outward appearance, as we try to do the best job possible so they don’t see that. We want our boys to experience the diversity in life. One great way to do this is to put them in the trenches and let them truly experience it.  For our family, giving back isn’t something we have to do but something we are blessed to do.

Visit The Happy Housewife to learn how to make a custom notepad. This one will come in handy throughout the year as well!

How do you give back during the holidays and throughout the year?
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About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.


  1. Emily Adams on August 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I usually pack my daughter’s lunch four times a week and then she gets lunch at school on Friday’s because she loves pizza day!

  2. Emily Adams on August 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I am a daily subscriber!

  3. Emily Adams on August 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I pack my daughter’s lunch 4 times a week!

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