killahbabe

Holiday Generosity... Do You Give Back?

In my town we have "Angel Trees" at several retail locations. Each angel on the tree represents a low-income child or family with children and essentially you choose an angel at random and give them a gift for the holidays. Every year my family chooses an angel and we buy every item they have on their holiday wish list as well as extras. My family and I started the tradition because when I was 9 my family's house burnt down. We lost absolutely everything we ever had. This happened just a few weeks before Christmas. A lovely couple happened to pick my family's angel and they bought every item my sister and I had put on our wishlist. They made it possible for us to have presents under our tree and without them we would've had nothing. My family is forever grateful for that couple so even though my sister and I are married and live in our own households, we still work together in choosing an angel and attempting to provide a child (or children) with a good holiday. Does anyone else make it a tradition to give back either by volunteering, donating, or participating in an "Angel Tree" or something similar?

 

This year we've chosen a 15 year old girl and I'm super excited because she just so happens to love makeup, haircare, skincare, and bath products... right up my alley! I'm thinking about giving: the Sephora Superstars kit, the Holiday Hair and Body Beautifiers Josie Maran giftset, the Bumble and Bumble Polished 2-Step kit, and some Philosophy bath products. I figured these would be the safest bet as I'm not entirely sure of this girl's ethnicity, skin tone, hair type, or anything like that. Also, as she's only 15 I don't want anything too outrageous in case she can't wear a full face of makeup. Additionally we've already bought her a coat, gloves, scarves, hair dryer, flat iron, hair accessories, PINK leggins/sweatshirt giftset, and VS and BBW fragrance and bath items. If anyone else has any other age-appropriate suggestions I'd love to hear it!

killahbabe

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That's so great that your kids' school organizes something like that. I'm sure it teaches the children generosity and makes everyone involved feel good.

PoesRevy

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Love it! I think you have this under control as there are some great items in your post for her. Socks are always good-I do not think you can ever have too many, especially if you live in a cooler climate! Do you know her size? VS has some cool tees and hoodie type tops in their Pink collection. Seph has some cute lip gloss sets-Lancôme's set is not over the top colored, but glossy with light color.

 

I love to see/read when others do kind things for people, animals, etc. Makes my heart happy! Thank you :heart:

killahbabe

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Yeah luckily she included her size. I was able to get her a VS PINK legging and sweater giftset. I'm thinking about possibly getting her a PINK pajamas giftset as well. The lancome set is so adorable!

glossyguru

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My mom and I go through every year and donate everything that we don't need around this time of year. Clothes, old toys, other things that we don't need. It always feels good to give back, just knowing that it makes someone else somewhere so happy just makes all the difference

killahbabe

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That's great that you and your mom donate to those in need. It really does just warm your heart when you're able to help someone.

mrsstory

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We always get a couple of kids off the angel tree.  :-)  I'm the leader for my daughter's Girl Scout troop; we go caroling at a nursing home, donate socks to the CST's socks drive, and we usually manage to squeeze in some other little service project, too.  At this coming meeting I'm going to talk to them about what they'd like to do before the holidays.  There is a local homeless shelter/kitchen, so I was thinking maybe we can make little care packages, or see if they want to actually go help at the shelter. 

 

It's getting to be that time of year.  I'm glad so many people are thinking of helping others!!  :-)

killahbabe

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I love that your daughter's troop does so much to give back! I wish our local troop did things in our community (my niece was involved in girl scouts for several years). They're more involved with crafts and things of that nature (which is fine), but I think it'd be more meaningful if they were involved in volunteer work.

melde

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Angel Tree is an amazing organization! That is a sweet story! I love how your family took something sad that happened to you in the past and turned it into helping others. :smileyhappy:

killahbabe

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I'm just happy that my family was able to stay positive and get back on our feet. I feel lucky that I'm able to give back to others.

spoiledbrat

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my knitting group knits mittens and hats for children all year - we deliver them to the schools as the teachers know which children need them - i will have time very soon to knit a lot - we use our leftovers and make stripes or if we find a good deal - there is a yarn shop that sells very expensive yarn for $3 or less - most of us stock up - i can knit a pair of mittens while watching a movie - last year i donated 60 sets myself - all together we had over 500 sets - the children are so grateful

 

also i order a bath capsule and/or a nail polish, samples and the almostvib code - when the box arrives, i remove the packing and shipping labels - gift wrap it - every woman in the shelter will have a gift for a buck or two - easy peasy

killahbabe

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That's so great, spoiledbrat! What a great way to spend your free time. I crochet, but I'm still learning so I can't multitask AT ALL. haha. I'm sure the children think of your knitting group every time they put on their mittens and hats. What a thoughtful way to give back.

nebel

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That's great! 

 

I think for this sort of thing, SOCKS are always a great addition.   They are the thing everyone always forgets.

 

I try to give back all year long with different charities, but I do find myself giving more during the holidays.

killahbabe

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Thanks for the suggestion, nebel! Socks really are a necessity that always slip my mind. I'll definitely add socks to my list as it gets quite cold here in northern PA!

 

I feel myself more inclined to give back during the holidays as well. I typically focus on animal causes, but around the holidays I definitely focus on people.

arielaaaaaaaa

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That is so nice! I love those Angel trees. Me, my mom, and sister usually pick one out a get a few items. Although i know i would love to do more if i had a job at the moment. 

 

But hearing how someone helped your family, and now your helping others is seriously amazing. When i was younger i used to work with our church and help making breakfast tacos and passing them out at homeless shelters. I loved doing it! 

killahbabe

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So good to hear that Angel Trees are elsewhere! I wasn't sure if it was a local thing or more widespread. It's so great that you and your family participate... and I'll tell you from experience about being on the other end of the Angel Trees... it does make a difference! Knowing someone cared enough to help out in my family's time of need made my holiday so much better... so don't be discouraged, every little bit helps =)

lylysa

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This is so touching! Thank you for sharing, Killahbabe! :smileyhappy:

 

Kudos to you and your family, along with those in your community that partake and give to that program!

 

I know you're going to make the girl you chose smile from ear to ear with all the goodies you have in store! I think maybe a cute make up case or even a set of brushes (Real Techniques, ELF Studio, or Eco Tools are great inexpensive options that offer a great variety for her to start with) to go with all the make up she'll be getting!

 

Thank you for sharing your story, my heart goes out to you and the tragedy of having your home burn down when you were just a child, but I am happy to hear you and your family were blessed by individuals who had such generous hearts.

 

 

killahbabe

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A make-up case and brushes are a great idea! I can't believe I overlooked storage and brushes. haha. I really hope I can make her holiday feel a little more special. I think that having lost everything when I was young has taught me to appreciate things in a way that I don't believe I could have understood before. Granted, sometimes I get caught up in commercialism and go into a buying frenzy (the recent VIB/ROUGE sale comes to mind), but then I remember being 9 and standing outside of my burning house at 3am... I didn't care about the things I was losing, I cared about the fact that everyone in my family was safe. I knew we'd be okay because we had each other. Things are replaceable but people are not. And I really think that's what the holidays are truly about. =)

lylysa

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Could you imagine her with her arms full of make up and then going , "Uhhh.....where do I put this?" :smileytongue:

 

Please keep us updated on this, is there a grand gift giving or reveal to where folks find out who selected their angel?

sephoramusthave

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I give mostly through my church. We do spiritual adoptions, which is where you "adopt a baby" and buy baby items like clothes/blankets/diapers etc and bring it to the church "baby shower" and they take it to local womens shelters and pregnancy shelters.

 

We also do the food bank several times a year, where you get a paper grocery bag and you fill it up with food ( I like to buy things like pasta, rice, instant meals, cereal, pancakes and other snacks because canned foods are too heavy for me to carry around). And that gets put into the church food pantry for families that cannot afford to buy their meals.

 

And we also have the giving tree! Ours has not been put up yet, but me and my family pick 3 children and get whatevers asked on the paper ornament. The paper ornament has the age of the child, sex of the child, and one thing that they want. I always avoid the giftcard ones because they are no fun to shop for, and no fun to wrap. But you buy the present, wrap the present, stick the paper ornament on it and stick it under the Christmas tree.

 

I know that I did the giving tree through jcpenneys website a few times (jcp.com/angel) and that allowed me to give to children that are outside of my area which I really liked. And they give you the option of adopting either a child or a senior. I did both and found it lots of fun.

 

I am very thankful for where I am and for what I have and I've never forgotten where I came from. :smileyvery-happy:

killahbabe

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I'm so glad that you suggested that! I'd rather not have an "uh-oh" moment with my Angel Tree recipient. haha. It's actually all anonymous so they'll never know who gave to them and we'll never know who we gave to. We have a deadline in the middle of December (the 12th) and I'm a little sad because we can't actually wrap our gifts (I imagine for safety reasons in case someone tries to buy a child something inappropriate, so I understand). But I'll definitely keep everyone updated!

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