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Make Christmas Count: A Gift Guide to Giving Back

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Make Christmas Count: A Gift Guide to Giving Back

There is something about the holiday season that brings families closer together and inspires us all to be more giving people. While it can be so easy to get caught up in the gift giving part of the season, sometimes we need to stop for a moment and realize there is more to give than just material things. There are people out there that would take an afternoon spent with you over any amount of money you could spend. There are charities and organizations that would make it another day if you spent an afternoon lending a hand. Helping your elderly neighbor by mowing their lawn, cleaning up a friends home who has a house full of sick kids, the possibilities of giving are endless!

American Greetings is inspiring people this holiday season to make the world a more thoughtful and caring place. Every. Single. Day. This year they are encouraging people to inspire gratitude and have even created a gift guide: Make Christmas Count: A Gift Guide to Giving Back, with ideas that not only spread joy but also make a difference for those in the world who need a helping hand. If you are looking for ways to give back to your community, an organization, or more then this is defiantly a gift guide you are going to want to check out! Here are just a few example of ideas they provide for giving back:

Make Christmas Count: A Gift Guide to Giving Back

The gift of time is precious, and it’s important to spend time with loved ones. These gift ideas offer great ways to volunteer together for a worthy cause while spending time giving back to those who need it most.

Volunteer with Your Favorite Charity: No matter where you live or what causes speak to your heart, VolunteerMatch.org lets you browse through hundreds of non-profits that need volunteers. From animals to education, you’ll find worthy organizations that would love your help.

Walk, Run or Bike to Raise Money for Charity: Sponsor a loved one who is as generous as they are athletic through Charity Miles. Choose a cause you’d like your miles to benefit and make time to run, walk or bike a race together to raise money for a good cause.

Give Blood or Plasma: Schedule an appointment to donate blood together. The Red Cross is always looking for blood donors. Your gift can save another person’s life.

Donate Old Stuff: Spend a day together cleaning out your closets to find clothing, toys or other items in good condition that you no longer use. When you donate your items to Goodwill, 83% of the proceeds from these donations are used to support programs within your own community.

Make a Hair Donation: Instead of just getting a new ‘do to look your best for the holidays, make an appointment with a friend or family member to donate your hair to Locks of Love. Your donation will be used to make hairpieces for children who have lost their hair due to illness or a medical condition, giving them a renewed sense of confidence.

Make sure to check out the Make Christmas Count: A Gift Guide to Giving Back to view an amazing list of ways that will inspire you to get in the giving spirit this holiday season!

Make Christmas Count: A Gift Guide to Giving Back

In the spirit of giving, American Greetings is hosting a sweepstakes that will run through December 25th. They will be giving away a $200 Visa gift card to be gifted to an organization of the winner’s choice! All that you need to do to participate is provide an email address (so American Greeting can let you know if you’re the winner.) You can also earn extra entries by following American Greetings on Twitter and Pinterest, and visiting their Facebook widget.

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