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The holidays are coming quickly, with American Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas all around the corner. The fall and winter holidays can be a busy and frenetic time, with shopping, get-togethers, and holiday and family responsibilities and events. This time of year can be difficult for spending quality time with loved ones and remembering what’s important. Today we’ve compiled some ideas of ways to step back and give to those in need.

  • Designate a day or time to volunteer at a local soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or food pantry.
  • Give a donation or gift to a local charity or fundraiser in lieu of or in addition to more traditional gifts.

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  • Invite someone who may be alone for the holidays (such as students, neighbors, the elderly, etc) to have dinner or spend time with you.
  • Spend time at a rest home or with an elderly delivery service.
  • Schools and workplaces often have donation and gift drives. If money is tight, “Sub for Santa” can also use shoppers or wrappers and time spent volunteering.
  • Offer to babysit for overworked parents who have errands to run.
  • Carol at a rest home or hospital. (You don’t have to be a good singer to spread cheer!)
  • Avoid “Black Friday” shopping and sales that require workers to work on Thanksgiving Day so retail workers can spend the holiday with their families.
  • Give unconventional gifts such as micro-loans, charity donations in a person’s name, or fair trade products that support industry overseas.
  • Attend a concert or religious service with family, friends, or solo to de-stress and feel the spirit of the season.
  • Drive sober, safely, and distraction-free — nothing derails a holiday like a car accident, even if no one is injured.

If you have other suggestions, we’d love to hear them in the comments!

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We love hearing about how your causes and how you use Reminderband wristbands. In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of the featured causes of the last month:

For Halloween, Reminderband featured a ghostly cause! Doylestown Cemetery in Doylestown, PA had a special Halloween night graveyard ghost tour! Proceeds from the Historic Doylestown Cemetery Walking Tours are used to clean and repair tombstones and memorial art in this 160+ years old Victorian cemetery that have been neglected, weather-worn, or damaged. Reminderband wristbands were given out at the Halloween ‘Ghostly Nights’ Tour as a spooky souvenir.

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Reminderband was excited to contribute to care packages for women in the Cache Valley, UT community diagnosed with breast cancer through the Logan Regional Hospital mammography department. Malouf organized the project and we were honored to be a part of this great project and wonderful cause. Included as part of the care packages were cancer bracelets.
Photo: Wow! Our mammography department received a donation of 100 comfort packages today that will go toward women in our community who are diagnosed with breast cancer! These packages include all sorts of soft, cozy items. A big thank you goes out to Malouf for their organization and donations along with other community organizations that donated to the packages including Aggie Ice Cream, Temptation Cupcake, The Spirit Sleeve, All About Socks Utah, Origami Owl Living Lockets, and Reminderband.
We also love Team Riley. 11-year-old Riley was diagnosed with stage 4 clinical group 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma this summer. Friends, family, and strangers around the world are using his Facebook page to send messages of support. Many are also sporting #teamriley cancer bracelets. Drop a photo or encouraging message by his page for him and his family.

Remarkably Rare Designs was also featured this month on our Facebook page. After Emmery was diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects her liver, heart, kindeys and more, her parents began a line of apparel to help encourage those affected by rare disorders called Remarkably Rare. Instead of a traditional walk or rally, they had a virtual walk for the Alagille Alliance by selling Reminderband wristbands across the globe here and encouraging supporters to post photos on social media using the hashtags #algs #alagilleawareness #teamemmery #forabetterlife 

 

If you’d like to share how you use Reminderband for your cause, share your story with us here.

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