December 12 - Charitable/Volunteer Work Did your family ever volunteer with a charity such as a soup kitchen, homeless or battered women’s shelter during the holidays? Or perhaps were your ancestors involved with church groups that assisted others during the holiday?
Growing up, I remember our hometown church always had a clothing and toy drive around Christmas. Similarly today we have a tree at church that has the different Christmas wish lists of families that are struggling to make ends meet. At work we always volunteered at the Freestore/Foodbank in their pre-holiday preparations. One early December family volunteer activity we love to help out is a Christmas wrapping party. A local family lost a sister, and set up a foundation to buy Christmas presents for the needy in downtown Cincinnati. They obtain thousands of gifts that need wrapping. We have been helping do this for the past 10-12 years. Our kids volunteered and earned community service points at school too.