This post was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
The cold winter has settled in throughout most of the US. While we are snuggled up watching holiday movies and drinking hot cocoa, we also need to be aware that there are people in need. Being charitable can come in many ways. Our family does on going contributions through our church to families in need both in the US and around the world. But, in November and December we are reminded to do more.
Giving back during the holiday season
Our local fire department collects food and toys for families in need. I make it a point to have our sons see us giving. I want them to know that giving is also part of this season – having a charitable heart is a quality I want to instill in my children. I believe that doing and experiencing is the best way to instill these values.
When it comes to giving, we can also contribute by giving our time. For example, I was chatting with a reader and found that even though they actually have received toys through a local partnership, they also give their time by volunteering at a soup kitchen. This type of charity truly touches my heart. We all can give in our own ways, no matter our situations. Many schools have “donation trees” as well. I find that during the season when hats and gloves go on sale, I buy extra, even of different sizes. I know these go to good use and allow children to play and have fun in the snow.
An easy way to take action and give: Gifts of Joy
Johnson & Johnson has a way that you can give back, even this late into the holiday season. Simply download the Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app or purchase a gift from the Save the Children “Gifts of Joy” holiday catalogue.
Bringing awareness to the causes that are close to your heart is easy. While you can “Check in” when you donate, you can also share your photo to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Since you can share a photo and “donate” every day through the free app, you can easily spread the word about the cause, as well as inspire others to donate, too.
Did you know? Since *Donate a Photo was launched 1.75 million photos have been donated and 179,750 people have contributed!
Johnson & Johnson products have been offered through Save the Children’s emergency programs to help support basic health and hygiene needs for families. While Save the Children is just one of the charities you can choose to support when you Donate a Photo, I know that many people trust Save the Children, just as Johnson & Johnson does. From helping with costs of post breast cancer reconstruction to education causes and to help people have access to clean water, there are many options within this app to help you share a photo and touch a life.
As for us, I think when I go grocery shopping tomorrow, I’ll be buying an extra bag of groceries for the donation boxes outside of the school.
*Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and you can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal, or the donation period ends. If the goal isn’t reached, the cause will still get a minimum donation.