This Christmas, Consider Service To The Community

This Christmas, Consider Service To The Community

There are many people in need over the holidays, and they need to be served.


Many times a year, people go hungry. Many people suffer from the effects of not possessing money and other resources year round. Over the holidays, however, many people suffer from these ailments while having to deal with the holidays. That includes the conflicting atmospheres of the holidays vs. their situation, as well as the temperature/precipitation.

Overall, Christmas is not always the happiest time.

And though I always advocate for serving your community regardless of the situation, if you want to volunteer in your community, you should during this time of year, and in the subsequent months of January and February, for many reasons.

For one, as previously mentioned, the holidays are always consistently colder with freezing temperature and snow making up the majority of weather forecasts. For those that are homeless, this is extremely detrimental and potentially lethal. This is why homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other facilities are vital, especially during the holidays. However, these locations can be overloaded or understaffed during the holidays.

That is where you step in.

Secondly, it is a great way to connect with not only those you are serving but also those you volunteer with (and yourself) as well. A great example of this for me personally is when I volunteered at a shelter for homeless individuals as part of my school's Catholic group. While I was there, I was able to converse with both kids and parents, and also got to prepare meals for them.

Safe to say, it was an illuminating experience with laughs, tears and a great experience. It taught me a lot about who I wanted to be in terms of my career and also allowed me to reflect on just how good things are for me. The experience also brought out the best qualities in many of my friends — empathy, kindness, sympathy and being outgoing — and showed me that volunteering can bring the best qualities out of all of us.

Lastly, you will be undoubtedly bringing joy to the myriad people you meet. Believe me, there are so many ways this can be done. A child receiving a gift they would not have expected to receive, the family that just received enough food to make a holiday dinner or the individual who just received the clothes necessary to brave the winter. These are just many examples of the ways joy can be brought — a need can be filled by these actions, and you can help bring joy to their faces.

The way to do this? Volunteer. Serve. Be active in your community. It is good for you, certainly, but more importantly, benefits the greater society.

Contact a soup kitchen. A homeless shelter. Volunteer to buy a child a gift.


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11. Tequila probably won't fix my problems, but it's worth a shot.

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31 Thoughts That Haunt Halloween-Lovers All Year Round When It's NOT October

Because Halloween is clearly the superior holiday.


April is here and that means we are officially six months away from the best month of the whole year: October. It's not just the best because I was born in that month, but because it holds the best holiday of all time: Halloween. For those of us who love Halloween, the months leading up to October drag on. Here are 31 things Halloween lovers are thinking right about now.

1. Six more months until October


2. Is it too early to start decorating?


The answer is no. Especially if you never took the decorations down in the first place.

3. Yes, I'm adding my Halloween playlist into my music rotation


Spooky music = spooky vibes

4. Why does everyone hate Halloween?


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5. Who wants to have a Halloween movie marathon?


6. 3 a.m. is the witching hour


7. There should be two Halloweens


One isn't enough

8. Is it socially acceptable to wear my pumpkin sweater?

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Yes the answer is yes.

9. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice


10. Candy corn is gross but also an actual mood 


11. So I'm thinking a Halloween-themed BBQ


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13. Did you see that orb? I bet this place in haunted


14. Was the Monstermash an actual graveyard smash?


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15. Why are pumpkins not in season yet?


16. Who would win: Dracula or Frankenstein's monster?


The real question.

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19. Trying to stay calm when when October is 6-months away


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22. On Wednesday, we wear black


23. Lets get spooky


24. Mess with me and I'll put a spell on you


25. Where's my broomstick?


26. That's a bunch of Hocus Pocus


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27. Raise your hand if you ever felt victimized by people who start Christmas before Halloween


We all know that one person.

28. The Halloween movie series is classic


29. I wish I lived in Halloweentown


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30.  How many days until Halloween again???


31. Halloween is cool


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