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Holiday Helping Hands


Adults, Life + Learning

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Tina, Preston | December 1, 2019

Do you ever feel like you have too much stuff? I certainly do. That’s why I used to partly dread Christmas – gifts given to me and my family would accumulate year after year. That all changed a few years ago when we decided to give to charity instead of exchanging presents.

Giving to charities makes Christmas a lot less stressful. I don’t have to worry about getting everything on a long shopping list, the stuff accumulated goes down and it also makes me and my family members feel better knowing that those who are really in need receive a donation.

One thing that Idea Exchange participates in every year is Books for Kids. We accept new unwrapped books for children up to 18 years of age on behalf of the Waterloo Region Record. We have a donation box at each library location from mid November to early December.

If you do give gifts, consider home made ones. Giving crafts and baked goods is always a great idea, especially when given to those who do not have the time or ability to make these themselves.

Another great idea is donating your time if at all possible. For example, the Christmas in Cambridge festival of events needs volunteers.