Thanksgiving and Christmas are quickly approaching, and it’s time for the spirit of giving. Although your children are likely eagerly awaiting their Christmas break, it’s important to remind them the importance of giving back to the community during the holiday season. St. Charles Borromeo, a Catholic school in Orlando, presses the importance of giving back to the community. We would like to share a few fun ways that you and your families can be a blessing to the community this season.
Find a Giving Tree
Giving trees are a great way to brighten up another child’s day. Find a giving tree in your area, and choose a child’s name off of the tree to give a gift. You can make a fun day out of taking your family out to find that perfect gift, and you will also be teaching your children to look out for others who may not have much to look forward to on Christmas day.
Host a Christmas Dinner
Do you love to cook? If so, you and your family could be a blessing to others in your church. Consider hosting a dinner for widows and widowers who may not have many loved ones to spend the holidays with. The fellowship shared during a large dinner can be a great time for everyone involved.
Orlando doesn’t see the harsh weather of northern states, but we do see a bit of a temperature drop, and there are many individuals who don’t have enough clothing to stay comfortable. If you and your family have clothes collecting dust in the closet, it may be time to clear them out and donate them to your local shelter. Those clothes will find a good home with those who need them this season.
It’s difficult enough not to have proper clothing, but it’s a tragedy to not have food on the table. This time of year, many grocery stores offer ways to donate food to your local food pantry. Take a moment this season to donate a bag or two to those in need. If you want to donate directly to your local food pantry, take a moment to call them first. They will be happy to tell you which items are currently needed the most.
Never forget that Christmas is the time of giving. As we celebrate the first coming of Christ and await His second coming, there are many opportunities available to give back to the community. Also, keep in touch with St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School as 2017 approaches. As a Catholic school in Orlando, we foster a community that is dedicated to serving our community throughout the year.