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Friday, December 09, 2011

Feels Good to Give During the Holidays

"I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life." - Oprah Winfrey

I clean out my closest several times a year. Thankfully, I have the smaller closest in the Master bedroom, so I can't get too much stuff in there anyway. However, the clothes that I haven't worn in months and even years are the first to go, during my "cleaning out the closest days."

I love giving away my clothes and seeing other people enjoy wearing them. Whether it be a dress, skirt, or cute top. My beneficiary of clothes is oftentimes my older sister, Malaika. When she comes to visit me, I have a bag of clothes ready for her to look through and take out whatever she wants. (To think just 15 years ago, I was the one sneaking in her closet and borrowing items without permission.)

I'm a bit compulsive with my giving. I like to have individual bags labeled for girlfriends, charity, and my older sister. Just last week, I started hanging clothes on the outside of my closet, and realized that it was time to donate clothes again. I'm not a frequent shopper, but being my Mother-In-Laws only daughter, I'm blessed that she stays abreast to the latest fashion trends, assists me in being fashionable, and keeps my closet full.

When I was younger, I would giving my toys away to playmates. Giving comes naturally for me. I was raised in a household where we didn't fuse over personal items. My mom instilled in us at an early age the importance of giving to others in need.

I recently donated women's clothing to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. On their site it states that, "Last year they distributed 1,241 personalized gift bags to individuals--763 of those bags were prepared especially for children."

So check out your closest and see if you have items to give. Which charities do you like to give too?

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