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November 24, 2015


Erin Schrader

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

As if there wasn’t reason enough to love the Holidays, the one thing that pulls on my heartstrings the most is when I take note of all the good that is done around this time of the year. While it can often be the most selfish and materialistic time of the year, it can also be the most selfless and genuine time of the year. When I heard about the 25 Days, 25 Ways to Give campaign which encourages you to do at least one positive action each day to help someone else, it made my heart swell with happiness that yes – this is what the Holiday season is all about.

I don’t know if life has felt heavy at all to you over the past couple of weeks, but it certainly has around here. I’ve found myself in conversation after conversation about how messy this world feels. Fortunately, there is still hope that good exists, I know only because if you pay attention – you see it often.

If you have been around this blog for a length of time, you may remember in years past [here and here] that I have hosted a clothes drive at a local high school kids organization. I’d go through my closets, ask my friends to do the same – and then set-up shop for an evening to allow girls who may not have the opportunity to receive clothing often to come shop…. for free!

It never failed I would leave that place in tears after watching the genuine excitement and gratitude from those girls. Because I started to feel an age gap between the clothes I was wearing now in my almost 30 state compared to what young girls wanted to receive, I decided to do things a little different this year by inviting personal friends over to shop my closet. While I did collect money for the items, it has been decided that the money is going to be spent on purchasing gifts for families in need this Christmas season. Everybody deserves to feel loved, regardless of the time of the year and if this is a small way that I can let a few people know that they are cared about and cherished, I say lets do it.

If you are also looking for a way to give back, Create the Good has compiled a challenge of 25 different ways to do so throughout a 25 day period. Ranging from items like give a meal to the homeless, hold the door open for someone, to post an inspirational quote on social media. I love that you don’t have to spend countless amounts of money or energy to put a little good back into the world. With just a little extra effort and love you can make a big impact in small ways. Create the Good is also an awesome resource to find local ways that you can serve your community – one of my favorite ways to do this is to volunteer at a local homeless shelter to serve food around the holidays.

As we shift our focus away from us and more onto others, I challenge you to sign up for the Create the Good 25 Days, 25 Ways to Give campaign and start tackling the list to do an act of good for somebody else every day for 25 days straight. I know I have personally challenged myself to do the same and I can’t wait to see the impact that it has – not just on others lives but my own. I’ve always believed that the quickest way to turn your attitude around is to go out and serve others. Beautiful things happen when you open your world beyond yourself.

Currently, the Create the Good program is offering a unique and fun giveaway to those who sign up for the challenge – 25 winners will be selected to win a $100 gift card and one winner will take the grand prize of a trip to Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont. Once you sign up, you may start creating the good at anytime during your 25 days. Do this challenge, not because of the fact that you may win something out of it, but because what you are about to do matters. I can’t wait to rally together and get out there and start doing good – if you are committing to the challenge I would love to hear so in the comments below! 
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