Bring Back the Season of Givingby Montgomery Area Food Bank on 12/04/13
It’s easy to spend all our time shopping this holiday season. I spent hours on Cyber Monday pouring over Amazon, trying to find the best gifts for my family (incidentally, I used Amazon Smile to make a donation to MAFB while shopping). It’s important, I think, to spoil those around us from time to time.
But don’t be fooled – there’s a big difference between holiday gifting and holiday giving.
Giving is about much more than just checking an item off of your list and moving on. No matter if you are giving time, resources, or things, there’s much more meaning behind real and true giving.
When giving, there’s always real spirit behind the action. Think about it – gifts are always much more meaningful when they have, for example, a story behind them. Giving of yourself through volunteerism is always more powerful when you’re involved because you have a passion for the mission.
In short, real giving is emotional and tends to elicit as much joy in you as it does in the person you are giving to.
This season, I would encourage you to make sure that you’re not just gifting and moving on. Spend some time giving of yourself, putting thought into your actions, and showing those around you that you really care. Let’s get back to the Season of Giving!