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The Giving Season

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ah the holidays. Everyone loves the holidays. We take time off from work. Visit with family and friends. Go to parties. Shop for gifts.

By definition a gift is a thing given willingly to someone without payment. A natural ability or talent. Have you ever considered giving the gift of yourself instead of something purchased?  It can be as simple as a handwritten card instead of the standard store bought with prewritten words. Or in today’s world an email or text. You could donate your time to a charitable organization, say a soup kitchen. Perhaps if you are talented enough to know how to play a musical instrument or sew, you could give lessons.

What about giving back to an organization that as given so much to you year after year?

Being a member of a professional organization affords us countless opportunities, from creating professional relationships, career advancement through continuing education, leadership growth, skill development and camaraderie.  We all know in order for organizations to thrive they need members to volunteer, to chair and serve on committees, to sit on boards, locally as well as nationally. 

This season I wonder if you would consider giving the gift of you to your organization.  Volunteer for a leadership role or serve on a committee. What ways can you give the gift of you? 


Monica Hodges is the Office Manager for Barker & Associates in San Antonio, Texas.  

She is the SDA National President-Elect.

Tags:  Give Back  Giving  Volunteer 

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