What words come to mind when you try to describe the Christmas spirit? For me, hope and generosity are two of the hallmarks of everything we feel during the season that inspires us to feel grateful and share our joy. Without hope, we dare not dream for the future; and without a reason to hope, we shrink into a small world that only revolves around ourselves. But more than any other time of year, Christmas reminds us of the hope that was given to us in a little town called Bethlehem, and the generosity of grace that was poured out in a place called Calvary. This Christmas, we hope to inspire you with some ideas on how to let your generosity flow out onto strangers who need a little hope this Christmas… if you’re looking for ways to donate and bless others in your community, here are our top three ideas for December!
“Never suppress a generous thought.”
~ Camilla Eyring Kimball ~
This December, Walker Boutique is partnering with the local foundation, Fostering Bulloch, that cares for foster children with backgrounds of abuse and neglect. For every prescription filled, we are donating to Fostering Bulloch to support their earnest efforts of providing for children’s physical needs and encouraging their dreams. Donations fund the foundation’s programs and events that give these kids experiences of normalcy, fun, stability, and confidence building. Your donations of clothing and materials build their supply to meet basic needs. Fostering Bulloch also sponsors a summer camp for young teens to experience team building, wilderness exploration, and caring for animals with their unique and personal ratio of one counselor to two students. Their wildly successful Princess Program gives precious young girls a memorable experience of being dressed up and escorted down a red carpet for an evening of fun, dinner, and encouragement. And their All-Star Program gives young boys an opportunity to learn and play with college athlete volunteers. To learn more about volunteering for an event or donating your support, click here to visit their site!
The Wounded Eagle Fund
As veterans return home, many are facing the burden of completing their college educations. Our post 9/11 GI Bill has offered funds to support their endeavors, but as funds are limited, many are unable to complete their education without debt. In addition, our soldiers with physical and psychological wounds experience further complications in adjusting to civilian and student life, thus growing discouraged in their futures. We at Walker strongly believe that the last thing a soldier should experience is hopelessness, and we are so excited that Georgia Southern University has established the Wounded Eagle Fund, providing financial support to help our heroes carry on and continue building their futures and dreams. The GSU campus has worked to create a supportive atmosphere for soldiers to more smoothly adjust back into life after combat, and with financial donations, many more will be able to earn their degrees and become successful in their chosen careers. To learn how you can be a supporter, visit here for further information.
Choices of the Heart Center
Choices of the Heart Crisis Pregnancy Center was established to come alongside women feeling isolated and hopeless when they find themselves in unexpected and traumatic circumstances. With compassion and insight, Choices of the Heart offers everything from testing to education to mentoring for women seeking counseling and assistance from abusive relationships or unexpected pregnancies. The center regularly hosts events to encourage bonding in community and regularly provides assistance for women throughout pregnancy and caring for their children. With financial support, we can enable more women to find the insight, clarity, assistance, and hope that has not been available to them before. To read more and discover donation and volunteer opportunities, click here!
There is something about Christmas that creates a feeling of unity among us and inspires us to show more grace, more hope, and more generosity to others in our communities. It’s a season of joy, gratitude, and togetherness. We hope to encourage your desire to do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. Leave it to A. A. Milne to express this thought so sweetly:
~ a holiday message from Sydney:
Thank you so much for stopping by our blog to find inspiration on giving back to our community! I love everything about Christmas, but the tangible feeling of unity during this season is one of the greatest aspects of this holiday. It is a wonderful reminder that someone out there needs you; not just what you can provide them materially or financially, but someone needs you. Your talents, convictions, personality, and your story all have purpose, and your deepest passion is meant to meet the world’s greatest needs. I hope you feel encouraged that you can make an impact. As Edward Everett Hale once said, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” Merry Christmas! 🙂