ASK HEIDI: Why is giving back so important to you during Christmas?

xmas-treeShort Answer: Many people are not as lucky to have what I have in life. Giving back is my way to pay it forward in the hopes that my actions will make a difference to someone. It also helps my children to appreciate their station in life. Countless children start out life with everything going against them and many become a statistic, it’s everyone’s responsibility to offer others a hand up.

Why it’s Important: I was adopted and had a great life with all my needs [& most of my wants] met. Giving back is how I pay homage to my beginnings. The Children’s Home Society of Florida is one of my favorite charities to support during Christmas, because it combines giving back to where I came from [CHS of NJ] while paying it forward in my community. Their back story can be found on their website here.

I was an infant when I was adopted. I was lucky. Lots of children in the system are not as lucky. Any of us could have been a Children’s Home Society child. The Angel tree is my way to giving back to a charity close to my heart and maybe, just maybe, the gifts collected for these children will make a difference for the children that receive them. It may give hope to a child in the system that thinks the world is a terrible place. I believe there IS still a lot of good in people and what better way to show that than to give folks a way to make a difference in the lives of some that may not know that it still exists. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

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