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December 7, 2015


by PBUnitedWay
give back live united

“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Maraboli

This time of the year it is easy to get caught up in the shopping, buying and giving of gifts to others.  Spreading holiday cheer is definitely not cheap – it will cost you!

But for the 45% of people in Palm Beach County living at or below the federal poverty line, the reality of the holiday season looks much different. Their wish lists aren’t filled with items from Nordstrom, Apple store, or Saks – their gift guide reads more like a Walmart shopping list full of basic survival and household items.

Every year, my family adopts a family at a local nonprofit agency. We are supplied with a want list for each member of the family, and together we shop, wrap and deliver the items.  The family changes each year, but the list is always similar – socks, food, toothbrush, diapers, shoes, ball, cleaning supplies, and an occasional blender or toaster – a list very different than my own families.

When you share small acts of kindness, you are giving back more than you might think.

Click the links below to view the wish lists of some of our partner agencies. Please consider shopping for them this holiday season.

Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)

AVDA provides a Community of Hope through our state-certified domestic violence center that offers a comprehensive array of services for all victims of domestic violence including; a 24 hour crisis hotline, emergency and transitional housing, advocacy, counseling and support to help them live violence-free and self-sufficient lives. They also work throughout the community to educate and engage people of all ages to prevent violence.

Milagro Center

The Milagro Center enriches the lives of children through cultural arts, living values and academic support. Their vision is to be a center of creative cultural collaboration, engaging education and inspiration that dissolves social barriers, forms lasting connections and sets the stage for future success.

Families First of Palm Beach County

Families First advances the well-being of children and families through high-quality programs in prevention, early intervention, child development, behavioral health, education and advocacy.

It’s Monday – Let’s GIVE BACK!

Please share with us how you made your week count.  No, it doesn’t need to take place on Monday, Monday just gets us excited about what the week has to offer, what we (ourselves) have to offer.

  1. Follow us on: icons
  2. Look for the weekly theme on all of our social media throughout the day on Mondays
  3. Photograph, video, post, tweet about your experience
  4. Remember to tag @PBUnitedWay and use the weekly hashtags

We have an AWESOME community, let’s embrace it, make an impact – SO HELLO MONDAY, LET’S DO THIS!


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