Christmas Trees and Volunteering

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I usually wait until December 1st to put up a Christmas tree, but this year, it ended up being a few days earlier. Okay, it was one day after Thanksgiving 🙂 But, I couldn’t help myself, I was feeling festive. We’ve had this tree for over 13 years and it still looks great – yes, it’s artificial because I am not a big fan of pine needles. Anyway, it’s all set up and looks shiny 🙂

Every year, around the holiday season, hubby and I try to do some volunteer work. Since I am into cooking and food, we usually volunteer by preparing meals for the homeless or families in need. This year, I found a food pantry not too far away from us and last week went to help out. The organization is called Southeast Gwinnett Coop, they “operate using a “Client Choice” pantry distribution model, with an emphasis on offering each family a healthier assortment of items.” I helped putting together “orders” for the clients, pulling food items from the shelves. It was a fulfilling experience and when I got home that evening, you can’t help but feel thankful for what you have. There are so many families out there, your neighbors, friends, and co-workers even, who are struggling to put food on the table. We live in such a rich country and knowing that there are children who go to bed hungry is absolutely heart-breaking. If I could contribute by volunteer, I feel that I am doing my part to help others. Over the weekend, we went grocery shopping and bought 85 cans of food, that we of course donated that same day to the SE Gwinnett Coop.

Please consider donating your time (if you live in Atlanta) or money, by visiting: http://www.segwinnettcoop.org/donate

 

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