Monday, December 1, 2014

Creating Community During the Holidays

Do you remember the anticipation of Christmas as a child?  Man, wasn't that the best feeling?  I've always said that, while Christmas day is great, the celebrations leading up to it are probably my favorite part.  And it's not the excitement of getting presents (or even the food) that I love the's the overwhelming feeling of community and love that everyone has this time of the year.

From the time of my first Christmas, my parents really made the whole holiday season such a special time.  We did all of the normal parties and meetups with family and friends, but they really went above and beyond to make the holidays special for their children.  Not only did we decorate and have fun things to do together as a family, but we were also taught the importance of doing for others during the holidays and year-round.

That's something I want to pass on to Emma Ramey.  I am very passionate about making sure she knows that this time of the year is a time to concentrate on helping others and creating a sense of community with those around her.  This is a great time to start teaching children to think about others, and I'm a big believer in starting that when they're young.

That's why I'm so happy to share the Keep Good Going Campaign from New York Life with you today.  In today's high-tech, busy world, this is a super easy way to give to others this holiday season. Simply tweet your own holiday tradition or memory and use the hashtags #KeepGoodGoing and #FeedingAMillion, and New York Life will donate 25 meals to Feeding America for your tweet.*  There are so many ways to give back, but I especially love ones like this that are available for those that might not have the extra time, energy, or finances to commit to a charity right now.

This year, in the midst of all of the celebration and fun, make sure you find a way to create that community with those around you.  Not only will you make your surroundings better, but you'll also contribute to the greater good for all of us!

*Through 1/9/15, New York Life will donate $2.50 for each approved post, with a minimum of $25K & a maximum of $100K. 
See full terms and conditions at Find info about Feeding America at

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