Get Joy by Giving Joy

The holiday season has arrived, and it is time to think about those in need. Every year, thousands of families and individuals do not have the means of creating a day of joy.

That is where we come in, Bearkats.

There are many volunteer and donation opportunities happening in Huntsville, such as Good Shepherd Mission and the SAAFE House. If you are unsure where to donate, you can call around to local businesses and/or ask organizations on campus how you can help. Many organizations are taking donations from students who are non-members. The more, the merrier. The possibilities are endless.

While many of us are fortunate to have a meal or clothes on our back through this chilly weather, keep in mind those who do not have anything. Being a helping hand will not only put a smile on someone else’s face, but I am sure it will put a smile on yours too.

There are many children within the Huntsville area who are unsure what or when their next meal will be. You can also call local schools to see if they are taking donations, and how you can get the donation to them. Donating does not have to be an extravagant act. It can be as simple as a pair of socks, a hygiene pack, a sweater, gloves or even a journal. It is always the thought that counts, not how much money you spent on an item. Many of the schools in Huntsville are doing a toy drive for Christmas, and just one toy can make a child’s day. If you have ever done a good deed for someone, you know that the giving is much more rewarding than receiving.

If you do not have the means to support a family or child in need, do something that is priceless like writing a card, or creating a craft. Children, as well as residents of the nursing homes in Huntsville, absolutely love cards and arts and crafts. From personal experience, giving a resident at a nursing home a card makes their whole week. In return, you get some of the best life advice, and you feel like you received the gift.

Help make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season. Checkout local schools, churches, shelters and nursing homes. I am more than positive that giving joy to someone else will give you joy in return.

While there are many opportunities in Huntsville, there are also endless opportunities happening right here on campus. The Tree of Hope is a charity event hosted by the Department of Leadership Initiatives. Stopping by their office (LSC 328T) to see what donation you can give a child in need is a great and simple way to help out.

The 97th annual Tree of Light Ceremony is taking place Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 in the Bearkat Plaza. There will be a canned food drive from 4-6 p.m. where you can donate cans to get a free t-shirt.

In the holiday season, it’s always important to keep in mind those who may not be as fortunate as you are. If you can help out at all, I highly encourage it.

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