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The holiday season is here. If you are anything like me you feel like it was July just yesterday. The year flies for me and the holidays are a great time to not only spend with family but to reflect on the year and on how you can make a difference. This time of year can be hard financially for many. Even when we struggle I always want to find ways I can give back. This time of year is a great time to share yourself with others and gift them with these inexpensive ways to give back.
Inexpensive Ways to Give Back
- Share a meal! You cook for your family, right? Probably daily. Before we moved into our new house we had 4-5 homes on our block that were occupied by single or widowed elderly women. When looking for inexpensive ways to give back it doesn’t take much to make a plate and deliver it to put a smile on someone’s face. That single mom down the street? Invite her and her children over for dinner. Spending time with others who need it means more than money this time of year and this small token can really mean so much to some.
- Donate to a Homeless Shelter or Food Pantry – This time of year brings very cold weather here (I’m in Michigan) and I know how appreciated hats, gloves and scarves can be. I also know that you can get them for $10-30 for a set. That’s not a lot of money to some but can mean warmth to another person for an entire winter season. Food pantries are in need, too. Did you know that people who live in shelters or get help from food pantries rarely get to eat fresh fruit and veggies or even a glass of milk? Those items aren’t donated often yet they don’t cost a lot. They are easy for most people to get, think about buying extra the next time you are at the grocery store and donate it. Don’t have the extra money? Donate your time to help cook at a shelter or even go to a nursing home and just sit and talk to the residents. Oftentimes, they don’t have anyone to talk to and would love your visit.
Huggies’ No Baby Unhugged Donation Program
- Buy Huggies Little Snugglers + Huggies Natural Care Wipes at Meijer. We do a lot of our shopping at Meijer and I love being able to buy diapers for Annie and the baby at the same time we are getting groceries. This year Huggies and Meijer have teamed up to help you make a difference. You need diapers for baby anyway, right? When you buy between now and January 2, 2017 you are helping the No Baby Unhugged donation program. For every package of Huggies purchased Meijer will donate $1 and Huggies will donate a day’s worth of diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network to help babies in need. In addition to these amazing efforts from Huggies and Meijer, with the New Huggies Reward App, you can donate your rewards points to the National Diaper Bank to help even more!
A 2010 Huggies study revealed that 1 in 3 moms suffers from diaper need. Can you imagine not being able to afford clean diapers for your baby? Diapers are not covered under WIC or food stamps so these moms often have to chose between buying diapers or food for their family. That’s added stress that no mom needs. This simple donation program that Huggies has created is to help in these situations.
Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers have a wetness indicator that lets you know when it’s time to change. This is one of my favorite features of this diaper, in addition to the GentleAbsorb Liner that provides a cushiony layer of protection between baby’s delicate skin and any mess. They are also Hypoallergenic and Fragrance-free.
Huggies Natural Care Wipes are widely available at Mejier. We picked some up for Annie and baby when we were there over the weekend. They are conveniently located in the baby section, easily found in the diaper aisle. An easy, inexpensive way to give back this holiday season: simply buy the diapers you need!
- Babysit! If you know anyone with small children, another way to give back is to offer babysitting for a few hours while mom and dad go on a date, while mom takes a much needed nap or even makes a trip to the grocery store or does some Christmas shopping alone! You have no idea just how helpful that can be! We all need breaks sometimes and when talking about inexpensive ways to give back, your time doesn’t cost actual money.
- Spend quality time making crafts! Crafting supplies can be rather inexpensive. I even have a ton of little things here and there laying around the house that can easily be put to use for crafting. The kids and I love going to a local retirement community to spend some time with the residents there who don’t have much, if any local family. This is a time of year when people can get depressed because of the lack of loved ones. Show them there are people who care! These are also great to make with kids when volunteering at a local children’s hospital or just at home with your own kids.
For this particular project here are the supplies you will need: red and green felt, sparkle pom poms (I used the 0.5 inch pieces), glitter pen, ribbon, a glue gun with glue and a picture of a loved one.
First, draw a tree on the green piece of felt and cut it out.
Then you can use the green one to trace the shape onto the red felt. I trace the same size shape and then cut slightly inside the line to make it smaller to fit on top of the green one.
Once you have both trees, use your glue gun to glue the felt pieces together.
Cut out your photo into a circular or oval shape and use the glue gun to glue it in the middle of the felt tree.
Next, place a dot of glue on each pom-pom and place them on the tree as “ornaments”.
Cut a piece of ribbon approximately 6-7 inches long and glue it to the back of the tree in circular shape so it can be used to hang the ornament on the tree.
Now you have your beautifully finished DIY Christmas ornament that looks great and the time spent making it with the person in need of quality time gave back more than you’ll ever know! Every time they look at this ornament they will remember your kind gesture!
Supporting Those That Give Back
I love supporting companies that help me give back because of their generosity. With Huggies and their No Baby Unhugged program along with their partnership with Meijer this holiday season I can do just that and you can, too! Yet another reason to love Huggies and Meijer! Meijer will donate up to $10,000 and Huggies will donate up to 150,000 diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network through this program to help ensure babies throughout the Midwest receive the hugs they need in the form of diapers. Can you imagine how many people/babies this will help!?
What other inexpensive ways to give back can you think of this holiday season?