Spread the Joy: Celebrating a Charitable Christmas in July

A Charitable Christmas in July
One thing I appreciate about Tree Classics is their commitment to giving back to local communities. When they asked me to donate an artificial Christmas tree and décor to a local charity as part of their charitable Christmas in July campaign, I immediately thought of my local American Legion, Post #53.

A Quick History

American Legion logo

Chartered in 1919, the American Legion is a “patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.” They do this by fostering community through service—sponsoring baseball teams, providing local scholarship, and lobbying for veteran’s needs.

In a small rural community, there is a strong commitment to veterans and the armed forces. Though like many small communities, Hillsdale’s Post #53 needs often outweigh resources. Needless to say, when I approached the American Legion about donating a tree, they were excited. Their current tree was decades old, and a new tree, ornaments and coordinating tree skirt were welcome additions.

A 4th of July Tree for the American Legion

In keeping with the 4th of July holiday, I chose a 7.5” Alpine White Christmas Tree, and decorated it with red & silver finials and bulbs from Tree Classics. Foiled red, white, and blue picks from Hobby Lobby give it a fireworks effect, and I complemented these with some 3×5” American flags and wide navy ribbons with red, white, and blue stars. I like the combo of traditional bulbs, festive ribbon of various widths (to add color and texture), and then a few large decorative picks. What I love about a white tree is that ornaments really pop. White feels light and airy in the summer, and festive and snowy during the Christmas season.

Although people were initially quizzical about a 4th of July tree, skepticism turned to excitement once it was fully decorated. The American Legion is hosting a 4th of July barbecue as well as a Wounded Warriors fundraiser later in the month, and this pre-lit tree adds to the festivities. What joy it brings to spread some cheer to men and women who have selflessly served. Happy birthday, America!

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65 thoughts on “Spread the Joy: Celebrating a Charitable Christmas in July”

  1. My husband, who is a Veteran of the US Navy, and I like to spread joy during the holidays by giving to those less fortunate. Each year we adopt children through different social service programs and provide them with all they need for a Merry Christmas. Last year we adopted six children, ranging in age from newborn through 12 years, through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree progrm. Originally we planned on just two, but after seeing so many who were not being chosen, we tripled that number. We find so much joy in the planning and shopping. Just knowing that we did our part to help as many children as we are able to have a great holiday season.

  2. I can’t afford to give much, but I like to donate what I can like old clothes and unused items I don’t need. I also just try to be nice to everyone throughout the days so they can have a better day.

  3. Well,I do believe in giving year round. The heart ❤ is open at Christmas for many but the need is year round for all. I’m not so big on sharing what we do because my family and I don’t want the recognition..we do what’s right. To give..to share. We have a summer party at the end of school..also birthdays here but instead of gifts we ask for non perishable food and goods so we can take them to those who need food. Kids don’t go to school during summer months and so less food goes in their bellies…pbj…crackers..fruit bars.cereal. It gets expensive to feed a family so a little help us what we do. We also have a get together for fourth of July..we bbq but we invite veterans who are alone…need company. Holidays are hard for some…we make goodie bags of things collected over the months..socks..lotion…etc. July is also an awesome time to get goodie boxes to the troops and I send Christmas cards and empty cards that they can send happy birthday to their children..moms.etc..and Christmas cards so they can send them back home. I t is what we can do…those little things add up and bring smiles over the miles. My kids donate time playing games with seniors he found and vets…it’s what you can do. My teens mow now for a few seniors…those little things make a huge difference in people’s lives. Make it a natural thing to give back on a regular basis.It should be a natural thing to give back.

  4. We have given back in our families and our communities. Mostly by volunteering and with adopting families during the holiday. Trying to stay local with what we are able to do.

  5. I am unemployed so don’t have money to give. I give with my rock painting groups by painting little rocks to spread a smile around Ohio. Just making somebody smile during the day is a great thing to give to others

  6. This sounds like it is such a great opportunity to give back and have some fun. I really love doing anything around christmas. each year we adopt a family through church and we get them gifts. outside of that I always love finding other ways to volunteer throughout the year.

  7. We always try to give to Toys for tots and other, smaller organizations when we can. We’ve been poor, so we know how hard it really is

  8. Every year I give to TOYS FOR TOTS. It stared 30 years ago when my husband started his career in the US NAVY. They do wonderful things for children. They throw Christmas parties with Santa Claus giving presents out & so many other activities. They’re amazing! Thank you.

  9. I raised 6 kids and have 15 grandchildren,money has always been tight but I taught my kids to share and give to others .they would give their old toys to goodwill and we donated clothes!Some years was better than others , when we had extra money we would give too back to school programs buying shoes for those in need ! It makes us feel good to help others. In 2012 one of our twin daughters went to heaven ..it has left such a hole in us ..the only thing that helped us was praying and giving to others ..bringing joy to others helped us heal ! Someone out there needs you ..please give, even if it’s just a smile! Thank you

  10. I spray Joy by giving Toys for Tots!,. Every year my husband and I participate in this program in our church. It feels so good to see kids from other countries whose parents cant afford a toy how they get so excited and happy with a toy. I love seeing them smile and it makes us so proud that we can help others have a Merry Christmas!

  11. When I was young, my family was in extreme poverty. My father was in jail, the electricity was shut off, no presents under the tree. It was a bleak time.
    One morning, we woke up and found on the front door a box filled with presents, a turkey, all the fixings and an envelope filled with cash for the electric bill.
    That Christmas was one of the best ones that I remember. I felt blessed to have a present. We never found out who left the box on the stoop. It was a christmas miracle.

    Now that I am out of poverty, every year, my husband and I “adopt” a low income family and provide them what I got as a child. Gifts, presents, and a gift certificate for a meal. I hope that I can do enough for at least one family that they would consider it a christmas miracle, like I did.

  12. I enjoy helping others and the holidays such as Christmas seem especially difficult for so many different reasons. Every year I look forward to making homemade gifts from cooking and crafts to give. It brings us together making them and brings a spark of joy to others when they receive the heartfelt gifts made from our heart. I donate coats and other various winter clothing too to help those in need.

  13. I think the tree idea is awesome my husband proudly served his country in the US Army and he loves and respects the others who served as well

  14. Prior to Christmas, my kids gather the toys they no longer play with and donate them to children who are in the hospital

  15. we give to the red cross each year and we donate old clothes that are still good half the time there new and we donate to toys for tots everyone should be happy at christmas

  16. We give all year with donations of clothing, canned goods, etc and also volunteer at the area food pantry.

  17. I like giving back to our community. The churches here do so much for people when they are going through bad times. They have helped me out with the gift of food when I needed it. I go to many church sponsored events/buy tickets as my way of donating back. I give clothing and household items to one church that has rummage sales for the kids to go to camp.

  18. When I can, I normally do Toys for Tots and take angels from the trees. It is such a great feeling, I just wish I could afford to do it more often!

  19. Last year, my kids and I decided we wanted to give back. Lord knows we’ve been helped a lot over the years. So we saved up all year long (toys, clothes, electronics, even a Christmas tree) and at Christmas time we were able to give a family a Christmas they wouldn’t have been able to have otherwise. It was a beautiful feeling and seeing the happiness on my kids’ faces let me know the lesson hit home. We have another stockpile to do the same this year.

  20. This is amazing, Christmas is mine and my children’s favorite holiday. We always love getting new Christmas stuff!

  21. In July there’s usually charities that collect school supplies for underpriviledged children. I know some of the local radio stations do “stuff the bus” where people drop off new school supplies and try to fill the bus with supplies. I’m a couponer so I tend to find great deals and always buy extra to donate to these causes.

  22. We give to St. Judes, The Heart association, every salvation army kettle we see at Christmas and any way we can

  23. I like to clean out and donate things we don’t use and give to Salvation Army or Goodwill. I also usually chose a name from a wish tree in our local community and to make sure that person or family has a good holiday.

  24. It may sound corny but I believe that the details and the little things that are shared or done together at Christmas are the most important. I love to share and have family in my home to celebrate.

  25. I try to give as much as I can to two of my favorite charities. One is The Anti-Cruelty Society which rescues and helps our animal friends and the other is The Franciscans, St. Anthony’s Guild which helps feed and shelter the homeless. They both do tremendous work for our society.

  26. I purchase diapers when I find them on sale and clearance and donate them to our diaper pantry for low incomes families, We also donate all gently used clothing and shoes.

  27. I love Christmas but have not been able to decorate in nearly 20 years. Severe injuries and lack of an income has seriously hampered my Christmas spirit.

  28. I love Christmas but have not been able to decorate in nearly 20 years. Severe injuries and lack of an income has seriously hampered my Christmas spirit.

  29. Every year my local fire department and food bank will have Santa Clause on a firetruck and visit neighborhoods collecting can goods. We all enjoy giving them the goods while they pass while they throw candy out to us and the kids. We also have an “angel tree” at church where we pick a wish list from a child in need.

  30. My son and I took a day from a cruise in May to donate a day of service while ship was in the Bahamas. We went to the Humane Society and volunteered there bathing dogs. It was quite rewarding and I recommend it for an excursion on your next cruise vacation.

  31. Every holiday season, my kids donate a stocking stuffed w/ little gifts to our local kids charities through their schools.

  32. I really enjoy decorating at Christmas.I prefer a real tree but they mess with my asthma. I’ve seen some really beautiful artificial trees that look real. Merry Christmas in July.

  33. I donate year round, it is addicting for people who enjoy helping others. Everything from donating once or twice a year to Goodwill to donating your time to meals on Wheels and much more is what I love to do!

  34. My dad just passed away on June 28, 2018. He had lympdema in his legs. He had acquired the compression machine and leg wraps for this. We donated this to our local medical clinic so someone who can’t afford to purchase it or doesn’t have insurance that will pay for it can use it. This is over$750 if you have to purchase it on your own. I donate all year round but this is especially important to someone who has health issues.

  35. I can’t say enough good about some of the things your local American Legion helps out with. My sister and her husband ( who is a veteran) have belonged to the Legion for some time helping w/ benefits for those who are in need, making the Santa run for toys for less fortunate and etc. Until my brother in law had a wreck and was in the hospital with a TBI I don’t think I knew how close all of these groups work together. They had a benefit for my sister and her family to help w medical costs as her husband was in a hospital 2 1/2 hours away from July 2, 2015 until Dec 8, 2015. Without the benefit the Legion did I don’t know how she would have done it. She was able to rent an apartment to be there with him for his therapy which was such a vital part of his healing to have familar faces around him. I never thought I would ever see my Mother sitting in the American Legion with over 12 different motorcycle gangs there to help raise money for a fellow rider of the Legion. They may have their differences outside of the Legion but under that roof they are all brothers helping one another and Thank God.

  36. My wife and I love giving back throughout the year, and help alot within our church and community. One special moment that happened last year, was renewing Christmas hope at our church. Every year there is a big tree lighting ceremony where the nativity scene and tree are revealed a few weeks before Christmas Eve mass. Last year the nativity scene and tree were stolen right from infront of the church. It was heartbreaking that someone was dampering our community’s Christmas spirit. My wife and I went to work with others from our parish. We bought a new tree, decorations, garlands, lights and donated our own nativity scene that had been in our family for years. It really brought back the hope and happiness during the holidays. And a Christmas miracle occurred when the original nativity scene statues were returned and left on the church steps, the snowy morning of Christmas day.

  37. Our family has been making shoeboxes for the shoe box ministry for 15 years. It’s a fun thing to do with our kids and it spreads joy to others around the world.

  38. we have always donated to the salvation army for as long as i can remember and it makes me feel good now my daughters are doing the same charitable thing

  39. My husband and I loves to spread joy around by helping those that’s less fortunate than us. We take up a toy drive around November and give it to the area church to help others.

  40. My husband & I adopt as many children as possible each Christmas through the Salvation Army Angel Tree. We provide toys, books & clothes. Last year we adopted 3 children, our daughters adopted an additional 4. It is my favorite part of Christmas.

  41. I donate yearly to a local church thrift store and donate items via the free recycle network, big brother/sister and other organizations

  42. Actually my gift of giving is in the form of working tirelessly for a no-kill animal shelter specializing in kitties. It never really seems like work with the joy of helping a cat or dog to learn to trust and enjoy life again.

  43. I donate as much as I can for the elderly, shameful in this country how little social security many of the older people get, so many I see in the stores who scrape enough money after paying rent just to eat.

  44. I’m a professional dog groomer. On my days off, I groom pups that are up for adoption so they find homes quicker. It’s unbelievable what a little grooming does to get dogs adopted.

  45. i do all I can to donate clothes and needed items to local non profits here in San Diego. I also help organize fundraisers and drives for school supplies for a local school for homeless kids

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