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Giving Back this Holiday Season

10 Dec

I love this time of year.  Getting together with friends and loved ones, finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list and what do I enjoy the most?  Giving back.  Every year at The Stationery Studio we host a coat drive to help those in need.  This year, we were presented an opportunity to help some students who didn’t have any coats at all.  For anyone who’s experienced winter in Chicago, you know that you need a winter coat.  We asked everyone at our office to help out and purchase new coats for these kids.  We were thrilled that so many employees brought in new (and gently used) coats for our coat drive.

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The coats were delivered to the school the week of Thanksgiving and the kids were thrilled to get new coats for the upcoming winter.  We donated almost 200 coats!

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You can see the “sea” of coats behind a few of our employees who posed with them before they were delivered.  I love being a part of a company that not only values their employees but cares about our community as well.  Let me know how you give back during the holidays.  I love hearing stories of how others are inspired to help their communities.

Best,

Jennifer

I Like Warm Hugs

2 Dec

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As Olaf, the popular snowman from the movie “Frozen” would say, “I like warm hugs.”  Of course, a warm hug to a snowman is probably not a good idea, but the idea behind it is that Olaf cares about others. Today is #GivingTuesday.  Yes … the hashtag is intentional.  #GivingTuesday is a social movement created to inspire giving back.  It happens the day after “Cyber Monday” to encourage people to give back and remember the reason of the season.  Today The Stationery Studio is participating by donating 5% of every purchase to feed those in need.  Our goal is to reach $5,000 (maximum) to donate to our local food pantry.  The holiday season is often a time when food pantries are at their lowest and really in need.  I am excited and honored to be a part of #GivingTuesday because it’s something at the core of my personal values.

Giving back comes in so many forms.  Sometimes it’s as simple as giving someone a hug when they’re having a bad day (Olaf the snowman would approve).  Or just listening to someone who really needs to get something off their chest.  Giving back can be a  massive undertaking like taking on ending world hunger.  Or making sure everyone has a warm bed to sleep in.

I encourage you to find a way to give back this holiday season.  Make it an annual tradition with family or friends.  Need ideas?  I’ve got a few to get you thinking (and doing!):

  • Start a bake sale and give the profits to your local food pantry
  • Gather needed items for your local pet shelter
  • Visit an assisted living home and listen to residents stories
  • Deliver presents for those in need (ask a local church)
  • Help out at a local food kitchen
  • Offer to make meals for a neighbor or friend who’s ill
  • Have your kids write holiday cards to service men and women fighting for our country overseas
  • Smile at someone who could use some encouragement

So the last idea seems trivial, right?  But that’s the idea.  Giving back doesn’t have to be some grandiose plan or idea.  It can start with you just thinking about others and how giving back can start with a simple gesture.  I’d love to hear how you or your family give back during the holidays.  You can help inspire others and give people ideas.  Tell me in the comments below or write me on our twitter or facebook page.

Happy Holidays and happy giving back!

xoxo,

Jennifer

The Stationery Studio + One Warm Coat

3 Nov

As we approach the holiday season, we start thinking about all the gifts we need to buy.  We start working on our lists (and checking them twice!) and planning all of our shopping to get everything done in time.  This time of year is also a great time to give back to those in need.  The Stationery Studio is proud to be hosting their 3rd annual coat drive through One Warm Coat.  When we put out our donation box, it always fills up quickly.

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We collect gently used coats, blankets, hats and gloves for those in our community in need.  What’s so heartwarming is when you watch actual recipients receive the coats and try them on.  You see how much it means to get the coats as winter is fast approaching.  Of course, donating coats isn’t the only way to give back during the holidays.  Some other ideas you can do at your work place:

  • Host a food drive for your local food pantry.  Food pantries are often forgotten during the holidays and this is a great time to help out.
  • Sponsor families in your community that could use your help.  Reach out to your township and ask who might need help this holiday season.
  • Host a toy drive for kids in need.

While these are a few ideas, there are many opportunities to give back this holiday season.  Please share in the comments below if you have other great ideas for people who are looking to give back at their work place.  I would love to hear how you help get everyone in the giving spirit during the holiday season!

xoxo,

Jennifer