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The holidays are a time of togetherness and during these festive months, it’s also a great time to show our thankfulness and appreciation by giving back to others in need.
Our Family’s Giving Tradition
For our family, we’ve made it a tradition to help others in need not only during the holiday season but also throughout the year. We have found that having a family tradition of giving is not only humbling and fulfilling, but it’s also a great way to bond as a family. Each year, we choose a family or organization to support and give our time or donations to.
We get our kids involved and they get excited participating in activities of putting together items to donate. They were happy to fill Christmas shoe boxes with gifts to send to children in Third World countries through a Christian organization, or when my husband and I have them go through their closets a few times each year and they pick out the clothing items that they are willing to donate to the local homeless shelter. These acts of kindness may seem small now, but as they grow older, they will appreciate the importance of giving rather than getting and showing kindness to the less fortunate.
This year, our family also participated in Giving Tuesday (celebrated on November 27) and picked up canned goods and other personal care items to give to the needy.
We chose the StreetLight Community Outreach Ministries – a nonprofit organization that offers free programs and services to alleviate suffering among the poor and homeless in Prince William County and the surrounding counties of Northern Virginia.
T-Mobile and Giving Tuesday
As an ambassador for T-Mobile, I’ve learned so much about how T-Mobile helps to give back. I’m also happy to share that this year, T-Mobile set aside more than $2 million dollars for Giving Tuesday. I love that they are letting their customers, fans, employees (and yes, even Verizon and AT&T customers) decide where the donations will go. I admire companies that give opportunities for everyone to give back to others and T-Mobile definitely has done a fantastic job in this area.
On Giving Tuesday, T-Mobile offered the following:
- If you’re a T-Mobile customer: On Giving Tuesday (11/27) via the TMT app, customers were offered the chance to give $1 on us to Feeding America ($1=10 meals) – plus, participants had the opportunity to text-to-give as well. They also got the chance to win a gift code that they can use to donate to their favorite charity.
- Everyone: Every time someone retweet @TMobile’s Giving Tuesday tweet on 11/27, T-Mobile donated $1 (10 meals) to Feeding America.
- T-Mobile Employees: On Giving Tuesday, T-Mobile deposited $27 in every T-Mobile employees Giving Account which they can donate to any charity of their choice. T-Mobile also matched any additional donations on behalf of employees.
I also love that T-Mobile’s commitment to giving goes far beyond just Giving Tuesday! They also have programs supporting disaster relief, youth education, sustainability, hunger in America and more! To date, they have given more than $8M and 34,000 volunteer hours have been donated to local and national organizations.
If you’re on Twitter, follow T-Mobile and join us for a Twitter party tomorrow, November 29, 2018 at 9 PM EST where you have a chance to win one of five $100 Benevity Gift Code prizes! If you’re one of the winners, you can use these to give to the charity of your choice!
Giving Back What You Can
There are so many ways to give and we always tell our kids that they don’t need to spend money in order to give and to show they care. It can be as easy as offering a hot drink for those volunteers sitting out in the cold collecting donations for the local charity, or offering time to sit with a friend’s aging parent so that they can go do his/her errands, or helping to feed and take care of animals at the local animal shelter. You can give without spending a cent. You can give back what you can.
So this year, make lasting memories (with or without your family) by paying it forward and watch as the real magic of the season unfolds before you.