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The holidays are upon us and it’s one of my favorite times of year. The decorations, parties, gift giving, and more. Of course, my kids think it’s the best time of year because of all the presents.

Since my oldest was a little kid, I’ve always instilled the power of giving over getting. Each year, we do a massive clean-out of everything they don’t want. Nothing new until we get rid of the old. Then we donate it all to kids and families in need. At around 3 or 4 years old, my son actually felt the joyfulness of giving. 

We volunteer throughout the year and always make sure those around us have what they need. It’s something my mom instilled in me at a very young age and I’m honored to keep the tradition of volunteering and giving to my family, as well. As someone who celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas, there is a lot to go around. That’s why I encourage you to find a cause close to your heart to donate to this holiday. Whether it’s a monetary donation or my time, the joy of helping those around me brings me more happiness than most presents.

I hope this issue encourages you to find a new cause or organization to get involved with. Because at the end of the day, helping others can really help you, too. 

Happy holidays and a very Happy New Year! 

Alicia Haygood


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