As a child, December heralded the season of receiving for many of us. The anticipation of joy when finding items from our letter to Santa sitting under the tree Christmas morning, and getting many fun surprises as well. Yet as we mature, most of us find more joy in giving, not just during the Holiday season, but all year long.
Giving doesn’t require a lot of extra income, or days of free time to volunteer. Sometimes the simplest ways we give of ourselves have the most impact. Try some of these giving activities this holiday season and let the joy last all year long:
Even the best quality senior centers can’t totally compensate for what ails most seniors most. Loneliness. Add even 20 minute visits to a senior center to your weekly routine on your way home from work or picking your kids up from school. Not only will you lighten up someone’s day, you will be teaching kids the power of service.
It’s always a wonder that bell ringers only come out at Christmas time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t donate your pocket change all year long. Start a jar at home for coins and maybe a weekly dollar bill. In just weeks it adds up to a donation at your local food bank that will help a child, hungry adult, or perhaps an entire family.
Pay Your Profession Forward:
One of the greatest joys the staff at System Pavers experiences each year is getting letters from the people to whom we donated our products and services. We know having a beautiful more functional yard adds joy to daily living, but for some it’s not something they can afford to purchase. Paying our bounty forward is an important part of who we are in all the markets we serve throughout the U.S.
A big thank you to our entire staff for selflessly giving of themselves to help a wounded warrior in Colorado enjoy a safe place outside on a stable stone patio and deck a mother of a fallen soldier have a permanent memorial to her son in a stone-encased flagpole and a local community garden and learning center created to further sustainable living through gardening have a stone patio for their children’s area, giving them a stable, and beautiful place to play.
During this season of giving, we hope you will find joy in all around you, and gain joy year round as you find little ways to give back, whether it’s with your time, your surplus, or your professional expertise. Send us your stories about giving so we can share inspiring ideas with the entire System Pavers family.