As much as we encourage giving gifts to friends and family, we feel that it's equally as important to give to people we may only meet in passing, or people we may never meet at all. Small gestures can impact people in big ways. Yes, this is something we should keep in mind all year round, but let's face it, sometimes we forget, or we get busy, or we simply become selfish (because we do need to take care of ourselves too). But, if once a year we're reminded to be kinder, to be more giving, and to simply be a better person, then so be it.
Keeping all of that in mind, we want to make sure you know about two programs we have going at Village Books during the holidays. The first is the Giving Tree, a yearly event where customers (and staff) purchase books that will then be donated to children and families in the area who typically would not receive books. On the main floor of the store is a tree with angels hanging on it. Each angel is marked either "Girl" or "Boy" and an age range. Simply grab one of those angels, find a suitable book, bring it to the counter and pay for it (with a 20% discount!) We'll put the book with the others that have been donated and, after the holidays, work with various nonprofits in our area to get the books in the hands of children. YAY!
The other program is new this year. It's called Have a Merry Grinchmas and Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes, and it doesn't ask for donations, but instead asks for kindess. Come to our main counter and get a 25 Days of Grinchmas Bingo Card. Each square on the card has a different act of kindness. Fill in a row and bring the card back to get a "My Heart Grew 3 Sizes" pin to show off to all of your friends (in a very kind way, of course).
Are neither of these programs quite your thing? No sweat. But we encourage you to give in some other way, to some other organization, to some other person who could use a pick-me-up or a warm meal. Thinking you want to donate to a nonprofit in our area, but not sure which one? There might be a handful or two around here to choose from.