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Heart Full: Giving Back This Holiday Season

Heart Full: Giving Back This Holiday Season
Heart Full: Giving Back This Holiday Season

A few weeks ago, I found myself watching the tragic stories, which seem all to frequent, of the hurricanes, wild fires and other natural disasters, and found myself heartbroken over all of the scenarios… which I don’t get overly emotional… but then you have a best friend of 20 years who lives in Napa during the wildfires and you realize HOW close to home these tragedies all hit. Then you go visit Napa after the fires and see these homes just burned to the ground, families belongings lost, animals without homes… truly truly heartbreaking. Seeing as though I, along with many people, don’t necessarily have an ample amount of money to donate to these relief efforts, I decided I would give my time, and some treats, and help in a different way.

To turn the heartbreak into something positive, I reached out to my friend Christine from Rescue in Style. She has a WONDERFUL sense of fashion that goes hand in hand with her even better and unbelievably kind personality. I decided I would bake some dog treats and we would get together for a girls night at Chicago’s Anti-Cruelty Society. I baked paleo dog treats that I found on Urban Bliss Life. We played with the most ADORABLE pups, and had such a great night. I’ve been wanting to get involved with animal shelters for a very, very long time now and this was the perfect first step.

It got me thinking, especially with it being the holiday season, how could we all help others a little more through one thing we all love… food.

  1. Bake treats and bring them to your local animal shelter and hangout with the animals for a little bit.
  2. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, help in homeless shelters and other organizations… find the one nearest you here.
  3. Know a family going through tough times? Drop off one of these dinners at their home, it could make more of a difference than you think.
  4. Take holiday treats to your local first responders whether it be your police department, firehouse or hospital… we can never thank first responders enough.
  5. Get friends together and see how much non-perishable items you can get together to drop off at your local food bank.
  6. In line at Starbucks or your local coffee shop? Even doing something as simple as leaving cash to pay for the next person’s coffee order can make somebody’s day.
  7. Feeling extra generous? Leave a hearty tip on your next bill, you never know what anybody, including your wait staff, could be going through.
  8. Belong to a local gym such as Spenga? Reach out to them to see if they would be interested in hosting a charity class and see if a local restaurant would want to host brunch after with all proceeds going towards a charity.
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