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All I want for Christmas

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This past week, I’ve written two posts that featured dollar bills. I’m really lucky that I have dollar bills at my disposal (the real ones, not Henry Dollars!). Plus, I have a loving family, two cute puppies, a big, warm house, all sorts of newfangled electronic gadgets, and way too much vegan food stockpiled in my fridge, freezer, and cabinets. (Grocery-Shoppers Anonymous, anyone?)

But many people aren’t so fortunate. It seems one can’t pick up a newspaper or flip on the tv these days without hearing about immense suffering somewhere. Hurricanes, earthquakes, robberies, illness… it can get overwhelming, because, if you’re like me, you want to help them ALL! The problem with this is that, too often, people will get so overwhelmed at the vastness of the suffering that they’ll choose to do nothing because they can’t help with everything. (I’ve been guilty of this too.) Please don’t fall into this trap. Sure, you’re just one person, and you can’t do everything; but anything is better than nothing. I challenge you, this Christmas season, to pick one or two causes that are close to your heart and try to do something to help them— remember that help need not be in the form of a monetary donation. Serving food at a soup kitchen, volunteering to walk local shelter dogs, offering to help stock a food pantry, driving an elderly neighbor to the grocery store… all of these are great ways to help “save the world.” Another thing you can do is, when someone asks you what you want for Christmas, tell him/her to make a donation to charity in your name. This year, I told my grandma I wanted her to take the money she would’ve spent on me and make a donation to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary (near her home). Well, my sister and cousins are all getting Uggs from Grandma, so you can bet those lucky animals have a big, fat check comin’ their way! And I can’t say I didn’t get a present out of the donation—it feels great to know I’ve helped out the animals. As Phoebe says on Friends, “There’s no such thing as a completely selfless act.”

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. vegannurse says:

    What a great post, Katie! And what a great idea, too!

    You are such an amazing person that you want to help others in need…

    you’ve inspired me to do something, too!

    Wishin’ you and your loved ones a happy holiday!

  2. Virginia says:

    how sweet you are! you inspire me!

  3. Ali says:

    That was a great post!

    and like the other commenters, i’ve been inspired by you as well!

    have a great Christmas!

  4. foodfashionfun says:

    aww! you are SO sweet! This is such an awesom eidea!

  5. lauren says:

    so kind of you.

  6. Vegyogini says:

    CCV, you are a wonderful person on so many levels!

  7. Kristie Lynn says:

    you are so sweet 🙂 and i am de-lurking just to say so!

  8. meghanN says:

    I love that you are doing this, what a great organization to donate to 🙂

  9. Meg says:

    What a great cause! Thanks for the invite to the vegan potluck this past Saturday. I would have loved to make it, but I had a family event to attend. Are we still on for after the holidays?

  10. Ruby Red Vegan says:

    you’re so generous! and you’re so right. there’s so much to be thankful for.

  11. loveofoats.com says:

    katie – you are simply too sweet and so thoughtful – not to be cliche (because it is completely true) but if everyone thought the way you did – can you imagine how great the world would be?

  12. Whitney says:

    CCV…you rock! I am so touched by the amount of people who are using their blogs to do a lot of good in the world this holiday season. It’s truly inspirational! Happy Holidays!

  13. Megan says:

    its SUCH a good feeling making things good for other people; bravo for you!

    and grocery shoppers anonymous? I think I happen to be the founder/CEO/President/most intense addict of the entire group! i loove grocery stores (and the things in them, of course).

  14. Juliet says:

    Thank you for the post. Very inspiring. I think you hit the nail on the head when you say that we often are frozen in inaction because we can’t help everyone…

  15. shelby says:

    You are so amazing, I love your spirit and generousity.

    Grocery Shoppers anonymous?? Count me in!

  16. Abby says:

    I think I’ll join GrSA also.

  17. Ricki says:

    What a fabulous idea, Katie. Good luck with this drive–of course I hope you get tons of comments, but NOT that they make you poor!

    Have a wonderful holiday! 🙂

  18. Kersten says:

    You rock! I’m happy to help you support a charity that is important to you 🙂 Good luck!

  19. Fitnessista says:

    what an amazing and beautiful post. so true- i’m also guilty of not helping because i get overwhelmed and frustrated that i can’t help with everything. that’s for reminding me that a little can go a long way.
    have a wonderful night!

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