Give Back This Christmas


Are you ready for Christmas? Just kidding. Or maybe not? Some people are wonderful at organizing, list creating, and shopping throughout the year. Others still haven’t started – and may not start for another few weeks! We love you either way. I promise. So, if you haven’t started shopping, or still have some left to do – I have the perfect place for you to start – or finish.

Goodwill. Yes, you heard me right. Goodwill has a huge selection of gently used items that would be perfectly suited to your new repurposing project, white elephant Christmas gift, books, movies – you name it! All while keeping yourself on a thrifty budget. From furniture, picture frames, fabrics, accessories and even collectibles, they are sure to have something you are looking for! A stroll around your local store might even give you a little bit of that inspiration you need to clean out your own closets and find new fun things for yourself.

No matter where you are in your Christmas shopping, or life in general, one major reality is that there are people with disabilities and disadvantages directly in your community who need assistance. Their struggles may not be that obvious to you or to people in your immediate circle but they are there and they cannot be denied and should be be overlooked. Many of them need career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services. And YOU can help them easier than you may realize.

So how do you help?

Goodwill sells donated goods through more than 3,200 stores across the United States and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue to provide those services to people who are unemployed or underemployed. They also provide on the job training and help those who need it find jobs to better their lives.

How many of you do your shopping online? Probably at least 80% of us, right?

When you shop online this holiday season, many major retailers will send your purchase in a Give Back Box, which will enable you to donate items to your local Goodwill at no cost to you! How easy is that, seriously?

It is much easier than you think to make a difference!

Give Back Box® provides vendor services to retailers and charities, allowing each and every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. So it is also a ‘green’ solution! Reuse your online shipping boxes in which you received your purchases, or any other cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted household items: such as gently used clothing, shoes etc., to make a major difference in the life of another person.

This program gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Some of the international partners in support of the Give Back Box are Ann Inc, Asics, Ann Taylor Loft, Overstock, Dockers, Levis, Bon Ton and These retailers are leading the way towards finding innovative solutions to widespread social and economic issues. You can see all of the participating retailers at


So, get up and get started now! People are counting on your shopping and your donations.

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Waiting for Their Box of Goodies

With the holidays only a couple of weeks away, the kids are excited once again because they will be receiving another box of goodies from their aunt. During the past few days, their aunt has been asking them what they need, particularly those that are for school. This includes pens and markers and USB flash drives that they can use to organize their files and lessons. Our eldest is particularly excited about the fact that their aunt will give him a laptop since he needs one for school. They are not yet required to bring one to school on their freshman year but by the time they are on their third year in college, they are expected to have their own laptop since most of their classes will involve programming and other related lessons where the actual use of computer is required. We also need another computer since there are times when both of them need to use one at the same time for their lessons (our youngest has to do Math and English exercises online which is a requirement and a part of their overall grades while our eldest has to use the computer to access some of their lessons and submit assignments online). And although my sister-in-law will be giving a computer that is of the different brand than what we are using right now (and we do love this brand), our son is still excited because what he will be getting is another trusted brand of computer. Aside from other school essentials, they also requested for new sets of headphones. They both love to listen to music during their free time and the ones that they currently have are not working properly anymore so they are requesting for new ones. Anyway, we remind our kids to be always grateful for everything and that one way of showing their appreciation is by taking good care of the things that they receive.

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Merry Christmas!


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