This post was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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I love December. This month seems to be filled with shopping, parties, feasting, travel, and presents. It’s fun! In the midst of the celebrations I am constantly aware of the need around me. There are so many who lack even the very basics needed to live a good life. Children are particularly vulnerable.

Earlier this week my daughters preschool teacher pulled me aside at school and told me that she had overheard the sweetest conversation between Willow and one of her classmates. She was sitting at the snack table with her friend and chatting in their sweet little five year old voices. The topic of Christmas came up and all of the presents they are wishing to receive. Willow said “but we need to remember, Christmas is not just about getting presents! It’s about giving too.” The two precious children talked about the true meaning of Christmas and how it better to give than to get.

Honestly, I sometimes wonder if my daughter is hearing anything I say. When I heard about that little conversation she had with her friend without being prompted by any adults, I was so proud. Our kids do actually listen! The good things we work to teach them are actually sinking in!

How are you giving back this holiday season? I would encourage you to look for every opportunity to reach out; volunteer with a local charity, make a donation, be extra generous, and find ways to pay it forward.

There are so many ways to give back during the holidays. One simple thing you can do right now is donate a photo. For every photo shared through the free Donate a Photo app, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to a trusted non-profit partner of your choice.* This allows you to raise funds and awareness through the simple act of sharing a photo. Save the Children is one of the incredibly important causes that can be supported. You can also purchase a gift from the Save the Children “Gifts of Joy” holiday catalog and when you do, Johnson & Johnson will match the donation (up to $450,000).

Click here to download the Donate a Photo app.

As you volunteer and give, both during the holidays and all year long, be sure to involve your children if you are a parent. Our kids have so much sincere love to give. Let’s be aware of their amazing capacity for compassion and provide them with opportunities to reach out.

 

My girl helping to package food to be donated ❤ #giveback #allinall #christmas

A photo posted by A L L in A L L ❤️ (@carissashaw_allinall) on

How have you been volunteering and giving? If you are a parent, in what ways do your children participate in charity work?

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*Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and you can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal, or the donation period ends. If the goal isn’t reached, the cause will still get a minimum donation.

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