Eat Drink & Be Mary: 4 Ways To Give Back This Year


4 Ways To Give Back This Year

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm the only girl in my family of six.  Yep, I grew up with three boys.  I prayed and prayed for a sister when I was younger, but now I realize that being the only girl definitely had it's advantages.  I have three protectors, and no one to share mom's shopping time or money with.  It's a win/win really.

My cousin (the oldest of the boys, and 8 years older than me) is a US Marine and a true hero.  Not only did he protect me growing up (and offer to beat up any boy that made me sad all throughout high school), but he's selflessly and courageously put his life on the line to protect our Country and our Freedom for the past (almost) 6 years.  Like many other men and women you all may know as well.

Eddie's Marine Graduation in 2009

Like my cousin was last year, these men and women are off protecting our country and they are missing out on spending the holidays with their families.  Not only are they sacrificing their lives for us, but their families are sacrificing time with their loved ones as well.

Eddie and I with his son ( probably 2011)

Why am I telling you this?  Because  I have a wish this year.  A wish that would give back to those who give their all.

While I'm not sharing my wish with y'all just yet...I am sharing several ways we can all give back this year.  Stay tuned for my wish next month (which is almost here by the way -- where did this year go!?)

Ways You (and I) Can Give Back This Holiday Season:

1. Operation Christmas Child.
Samaritan's Purse has been putting together this operation for years now, and it is one of the easiest ways to give back to those in need.  You pack a shoebox full of toys and necessities for a child across the country that wouldn't get any presents otherwise.  My tip: visit the local dollar tree.  They have tons of stuff the kids would love, and makes it easy to do several boxes each year.  Contact a church near you to get more info or check out their website.

2. Donate to your local Hospitality House.
Simply donating things like non perishables and blankets goes a long way now that we are nearing the cold weather months.  You can even participate in different organized runs like the Turkey Trot to help donate.

3. Angel Tree.
Donate through the Angel Tree program to help a child in need know they are not forgotten and they are loved.  Many of the children in this program may feel abandoned and unloved, but it is our job to remind them that they are cared for and loved no matter what.

4.  Submit your wish for The UPS Wishes Delivered Campaign.  
The UPS Wishes Delivered Campaign is donating $1 to one of their charity partners for every wish submitted (up to $100K total donations).  I'll be submitting my wish on their site, and you can to (it's really easy!).


How to Submit a Wish:
Post your wish to Twitter or Instagram with the campaign hashtag #WishesDelivered and it will automatically be submitted. Another option is to go direct to the #WishesDelivered site and manually submit there.

Things to remember when submitting your wish:
+ it needs to be a sincere wish, not a superficial one (no wishes, for a years supply of Starbucks y'all)
+ the wish needs to be for someone else, not yourself
+ include the hashtag #wishesdelivered
+ submit wishes made on social media here


How will you give back this year?  Tis the season y'all.

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  1. Awww, I like this post. Can't wait to hear all about your wish. :) I usually do a child's shoebox full of goodies to donate each year! It's a thing my mom and I enjoy doing together.

  2. The shoebox gifts are my favorite! It's so much fun to get to pack a little box of love for someone!

  3. I love the shoebox gifts. I just recently found one in my area and starting making a couple boxes. So much fun!

  4. This is awesome! This is awesome! We have always done the names on Christmas trees. :-)

  5. I love all these new ways, we always do a few angels from our Church's angel each year but I truly love the shoebox idea filled with toys. I may have to do that this year!!
    Thanks for sharing it is very important that we remember to give during this time of year!!


  6. We do the Angel Trees at work and it is such a great opportunity to give back to children in the community who would otherwise go without during the holidays. Great list, I will definitely be looking into the others!!

  7. I love this post! Every year my family and I participate in Operation Christmas Child and the Angel Tree. My boyfriends brother just graduated from Air Force basic training. It really is taken for granted that all of these men and women are overseas or stationed to protect us and miss out on holidays/family time!

    Great post,

  8. This is wonderful! I think sometimes we get a little caught up in our lives and realize there are tons of people out there who don't get to spend time with their families. My sister is in the Air Force, thankfully she's finishing training right before Christmas and it's leave to come spend time with us, but my best friend in the Navy will spend Christmas in Japan with her unit.

    These are wonderful ideas! I've always done Angel Tree but never the others! I might just have to try it!

  9. This is wonderful! We always donate to Toys for Tots and donate our time to K9's for Warriors. My husband is a Vet and this is very close to our hearts!!

  10. I love this post! I've participated in Angel Tree and Operation Christmas Child!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  11. I love angel tree! I always look forward to that each year!

  12. This is really awesome of you! These are all great ideas!!

  13. These are some awesome ways to give back! I will have to look into them. I have been wanting to do something this year!

  14. all are great ways! i donate toys to my church's angel tree and i buy some toys for toys for tots.

    thank you to your cousin! what a job he has!

    i have four older brothers so i know brothers are the best (and at times,like growing up,the worst).

    happy holidays!

  15. Great ideas Mary, I've never heard of the ups wish thing!

  16. Really great ideas! It's so important to give back, and especially at this time of year.

  17. It's awesome, that they'll donate for each wish. Definitely worth visiting the site for a couple minutes.

  18. Oh toys for tots is another good one I hadn't thought of. 4 brothers oh my! I can only imagine having them ALL older too.

  19. That'd be a great way for her to get involved, and I think it being the same age is a fantastic idea!

  20. My family always does OCC, but I'm looking to do some others as well this year. Especially since the wishes delivered campaign will donate a dollar for each wish made. So cool!

  21. Toys for Tots is one I had forgotten about, but a great way. I love that there is usually bins in the stores making it easy to donate to them. I hadn't heard of K9's for Warriors, but maybe I should check that one out.

  22. I definitely get caught up in all that is going on around me all too often. But its good to have reminders to keep others in our thoughts and prayers. It's amazing how many men and women are willing to sacrifice so much for our country.

  23. They're all such good organizations. It's amazing what they all do for our country; even I often forget but it's always good to be reminded. I'm glad you enjoyed! :)

  24. Its such an easy way to give and really fun to pick out different things for each kid!

  25. It has always been fun to pack the boxes, and it's a great way to get kids involved letting them pick out things they would like.

  26. I do the boxes with mine too, and my brothers sometimes. It's always fun to pick out the different things in their boxes.

  27. I love this! I wrote a post on giving back this holiday season, too! I love seeing people wanting to give back to others :)


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