The Importance of Giving this Holiday

Today I’ll talk about very important aspect of being rich and wealthy, the giving part of it. we live in a country that knows the importance of giving, holiday giving. Holidays are not only for getting and celebrating, it’s also about giving happiness to others.

Holiday Giving

Giving happiness to your near and loved ones and also giving happiness to persons or families you don’t know off and will probably never know off. Holidays are for every one, god has been kind enough to grant you good amount of wisdom, health, you were born in to a first world. You were given right education by your parents and you, by your given wisdom, fared well to get a job and earn your living.

Being a well to do person with some amount of surplus money, we should look in to giving happiness to others who don’t get it as easily as we do. Giving is a pleasure, even if you are in debt, a mortgage to pay off or a student loan to repay, a small amount of donation does not hurt, does it?

Holidays are the season when you may (or should) look after the other strata in this world, the less privileged ones. The ones who were born in to poor parents, the ones who were born in a poor country. The ones that are less fortunate to get good education, good opportunity and good living.

It’s not necessary to give cash or materials, you can even donate your manual labor. You may search for local volunteer work that takes care of people less fortunate. Pick the weekend to help. Even giving care to an elderly for a day can be a great giving.

There are people who had everything once but, some act-of-god snatched away their possession. I am talking about Haitians, after the earthquake, the Philippinos after super typhoon or thousands that go homeless each year during hurricane season also the ones who lose their home to forest fire every year.

There are plenty of avenues to give happiness to them. Choose what you can get maximum satisfaction from.

In 2001, while in India, I went to earthquake relief camp after the great Gujrat earthquake, that killed 20,000 people. We were tasked with demand-supply analysis for relief materials. One of our tasks was to predict the need for water, food and clothes in various villages, for the coming weeks.

Then, when I saw truck loads of relief materials being distributed in the villages surveyed by me, I used to get the feeling of being the real giver. This gave more satisfaction than giving away thousands of dollars to them.

Now when I got a list containing local orphans aged 2 – 5 for holiday gift sponsoring at my work this year, I jumped on instantly. We adopted a little kid and donated gifts that will last many more Christmases for her. We also arranged for her school supplies for next several years. Above all, when the kids adopted by various departments in our organization, arrived at our office, seeing the happy faces, our faces lit up! We played with them, we spent time knowing them.

It was a feeling I can’t really describe in words. That was the time I really enjoyed being part of the organization. That was the time I realized how important it is for a corporation to have such philanthropic program. It does not only help the needy it also improves employee satisfaction.

There are chances that your employer runs a corporate giving program. Many big organization have philanthropic program that allows company match of the charitable donation, when you give to an approved charity. For example, when you give $10 to a charity like “Red Cross”, your employer gives another $10 to the same charity, making the value of your giving as $20.

If your employer offers gift matching, it’s always better to channel your giving through the program. You can also request your favorite charity to be included in the gift matching program, if it’s not there already, in most of the organizations I am aware of.

This year has been particularly satisfying for me in terms of giving. While I donated through my employer’s gift matching program, in addition to sponsoring holiday and school expenses for a kid, my name did also appear for a draw where I (and other winners) got to choose one charity for our employer to donate bonus amount to.

Also, in the month of April we visited Tomorrows Rainbow, a special place for children that have experienced the death of a loved one, and helped them complete some chores and long pending plumbing and painting work. We created a mini play area, a do-as-you-like painting board and cleaned a self-grow garden. When we later saw little children using the board, playing in the play area we created, it was very pleasant feeling.

Readers, what have you done for charitable work this year? If you haven’t contributed yet, there’s always a tomorrow, go give!

is a husband and working as a software professional for a Fortune 100 corporation in Florida. Thanks for visiting the blog.

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  1. says

    Nothing beats the happiness and fulfillment you feel when you know you have made someone happy by giving even just a small thing. Giving back to people the blessings and happiness you receive is a very rewarding feeling no material thing could replace.

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  2. says

    I think we are giving more to charity this year than ever before. We have increased our donations to a few of our favorite charities, plus my wife and son have spent a lot of time volunteering at the local Family Giving Tree. They have earned the position of angel elves. They really got into it this year, and so we made a lot more donations to the charity as well.

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  3. says

    “The glory of life is to love, not to be loved, to give not to get, to serve, not to be served.” … I believe that was from the Apostle Paul.

    …Thanks for a great post like this around the holidays. It’s easy to forget how fortunate we are.

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  4. says

    Truly commendable post, where i too believe that every citizen all over the world should come forward towards renovating the world in a better way. We should do charity not only through donating money but through the ways to be part of any good event, which has the capacity to change life of some amount of people. Hats off to the organizations who are making this dream come true.

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  5. says

    We do try to give throughout the year, not just during the holidays, but the need certainly increases as the weather gets cold and the holidays roll in. Even giving your time is helpful – if you don’t have money or resources to give.

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  6. says

    Thank you for bringing up the most important aspect of this time of year, generosity. Something that gets lost in all of this Christmas excess is that we have so much to give, and we should. The fact that we have free time we can give away indicates we are among the most wealthy people in the world, we don’t need all of our time for survival. So let’s get out their and give it away.

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