How To Help This Holiday Season

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I think it is a toss up wether or not 2022 was any better then 2021. The pandemic may have improved but the situation on the world stage in other respects, not so much. Between the war in Ukraine to the situation in Iran and runaway inflation I think the jury is still out on 2022, but I think we can all agree it was a rough year, or at least for some.

Situations like the ones we are presented with today can make us feel overwhelmed and discouraged. The news feed seems or is a non-stop stream of misery and heart ship. Many people I know have opted out, they just stopped watching the news all together and know little of what is happening in the their own country, let alone the world stage. As tempting as this is,—and I have been guilty of this myself from time to time, one should not be too out of the loop. But staying in the loop does have its’ short comings, and can lead to feelings of hopelessness and even anger. However, there is one way that can help off-set these feelings a bit and that is to donate, or give back. Not only do you feel better, but it also has a positive impact on others.

consider donating at other times of year—after all, it is always the giving season

Choosing what charity to donate to can be a frustrating, you have to decide on what group or charity is most deserving in your eyes, and then you have to find a charity you can trust, not the easiest of tasks. But you should donate to a charity you feel strongly about, and that of course is different for everyone. I put together a list of charities here, that I believe to be legitimate and that for me are causes that I believe in and that I think are important. Again it is different for everyone. Be it the war in Ukraine, the uprising in Iran, animals in need, or hunger, you can help. And remember— you do not have to give during the holiday season, if you are tapped out right now, consider donating at other times of year—after all, it is always the giving season.

IRAN:

UKRAINE:

Donate directly to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund here

Credit card payments are also accepted through Libereco, a Vostok SOS partner

Donate to Humanity & Inclusion here

ANIMALS:

https://www.newhopepetrescue.com/

Hunger:

https://www.oxfamamerica.org/?_gl=11nwzcpd_gaOTk1ODUyOTc4LjE2NzEyMTE4NDk._ga_R58YETD6XK*MTY3MTIxMTg0OC4xLjEuMTY3MTIxMTg5Ny4xMS4wLjA.

https://give.feedingamerica.org/

XOXO
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42 Comments
  • Jackie Harrison
    December 16, 2022

    This is a beautiful reminder not just for the season. I absolutely agree with what is going on in this world especially now more talk of inflation and market down is not a good sign.

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Yes good to give through out the year when you can. And ugh scary for sure. Can’t lie heaven is looking better and better LOL.

  • Ginger Collage
    December 16, 2022

    Thank you so much Allie!! I’m so glad that you liked my new ins 🙂 Can’t wait to show you new outfits with them 😉 About your post, a very interesting one! Happy weekend!

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    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Yes girl great find!! : )

  • Aimee
    December 18, 2022

    That was such a great awareness post, I am totally agreeing with you. It’s very hard to see news like this all over social media. Hope everything will get better on 2023.

    Capturing Life Memoirs | Aimee

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Yes it is. Glad it touched you.

  • Jyoti
    December 18, 2022

    What a beautiful reminder! Completely agree with you! Wonderful Post! Have a great day!
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    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Of course and thank you!

  • Heather
    December 18, 2022

    Great post! Thank you for highlighting places to help this season. I tried to email you but your mailbox is full. Thanks for stopping over and visiting my blog!

    Here was my response to your comment:
    It was a fun trip. 3 nights was enough for me! Seattle must have been awesome. Thanks for stopping over!Where are you in NYC? My daughters are both living and working there.

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Oh no sorry it was full I don’t check that one often.

  • Lili93
    December 18, 2022

    We have really hard times, what is happening in Ukraine and Iran is a real tragedy.
    May the situation improve in the New Year, not only in these countries, but also around the world.
    Regards

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Yes indeed lets hope so…

  • Raquel
    December 18, 2022

    Hi! I agree with what you wrote. I think it’s very good to try to be more and more compassionate, genuinely, to find a compassionate heart in us that guides us in the best way to break this pattern of violence, misery and hopelessness. Hugs to you and happy holidays with a heart full of love! <3

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Yes wouldn’t it be so nice if we could just break this cycle…

  • Pilar
    December 18, 2022

    These are great organizations and ways to help this holiday season and in general. My birthday is actually on Christmas and I find giving more gratifying than receiving. So many people are still needing help especially from the pandemic. Merry Christmas Allie! 🎄

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Well Happy Birthday! And yes giving really can be more gratifying for sure 🙂

  • heather noire
    December 19, 2022

    This post really is incredible. It is hard enough with the pandemic and many other things going on in the world. But any war going on is awful and the Russia and Ukraine war is just so hard to see. Each day it seems to go on forever. And doing something to help is such a good thing to do. It is amazing what has been going on and scary as well. Thanks for sharing this it is so inspiring. Have a great holiday season so far. https://www.bauchlefashion.com/2022/12/coffee-maker-guru-my-review-on.html

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      I know, I can not believe it has been almost a year. I still can not believe it actually happened. Sometimes I wonder if there really is a God…

  • Jennifer
    December 19, 2022

    Love all of these ideas!!

    Jennifer
    Curated by Jennifer

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Thank you!

  • hena
    December 19, 2022

    Well said. Instead of staying out of the loop I find myself more and more obsessed and enraged by the messed up world we are living in. I can’t believe people being happy with being ignorant. Not caring because it does not affect them. That’s the biggest problem. We need more empathy and compassion. I understand also that sometimes it becomes too much to handle.. too depressing.. I too am guilty of this sometimes.

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Yes I go back and forth watching everything I can and then taking breaks. It is mind blowing all that is going on. My friend and I were just talking together about how at times we feel like we are living in an alternate universe…

  • Emmy
    December 19, 2022

    What a great list, Allie. Thank you for the reminder. And I so agree about trying to avoid watching the news….just one depressing thing after another….sigh….
    Anyhoo, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a lovely Holiday Season:)

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Thank you doll and you happy holiday season to you and yours as well!

  • Sara
    December 20, 2022

    Such a beautiful words Allie . I’m agree. Thank you so much for sharing.
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    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Yes, it is good for us all to be aware.

  • Paola
    December 20, 2022

    Such a beautiful post, great reminder Allie!
    Happy X-mas week!
    Kisses, Paola.

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    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Thank you so much

  • Val
    December 21, 2022

    Wonderful causes to help with. 2022 has been a difficult year globally and it seems 2023 will be much of the same. We have to find ways to keep our heads and up stay aware. I get my news through my husband rather than watching it directly. The images tend to be too much for me. I hope the new year brings peace to everyone and every country struggling now.

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Yes sadly I believe 2023 is going to be equally challenging And I can understand that. Yes well said me too.

  • Lucy Bertoldi
    December 22, 2022

    This is such an enlightening post- I love it! Thank you so much for highlighting the the heart warming gift of giving.

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      So glad you appreciate it 🙂

  • Simple Girl
    December 23, 2022

    Good post!

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Thank you!

  • Thais Terra
    December 23, 2022

    Cool post!

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    Kisses ;*

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 24, 2022

      Yes important! 🙂

  • Anna
    December 25, 2022

    You raised very special and important issues in your post, Ally. As a former Ukrainian myself, my heart goes with these people. I still have a friend who lives in Odessa and try to support her and her family as much and as often as I can.
    Merry Christmas. Anna xoxoxo

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      December 27, 2022

      Oh wow, I hope she is OK. I can not believe the things that are happening in this world. It is mind blowing.

  • Ashley
    December 25, 2022

    Thanks so much for sharing these charities, Allie! You are absolutely right, it’s not just about giving during the holidays, it’s about doing what we can throughout the year.

    Merry Christmas, my friend! I truly hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    Make Life Marvelous

  • Eileen
    December 27, 2022

    2022 was a weird year… 2021 was almost better I’d say! But these are some amazing causes to give to for the holidays! Hope you had a great holiday season!

    Eileen \ yesmissy.cm

  • Regine karpel
    December 27, 2022

    I love it my friend.
    http://www.rsrue.blogspot.com

  • Christine
    December 28, 2022

    good tips

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