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Pay It Forward With Kohl's, Plus A $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Win a $100 Kohl's Gift Card!

Every year around the holidays I love picking out gifts for kids in need through my church, and for the past couple seasons, Kohl's has generously provided me with gift cards to make it possible for me to give back even more. This year I picked up entire outfits plus stocking stuffers for two teens, and it was so great knowing these were the exact things these children needed and wanted.

In the spirit of Paying It Forward, I'm giving one lucky BB reader a chance to win a $100 Kohl's gift card!

To enter (leave one comment per entry):
  • Tell me how you spread some holiday cheer in the comments section below.
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Good luck! Giveaway ends January 2, 2014. Open to US residents only (no Kohl's in Canada yet!)

UPDATE 1/7/14: And the winner is…#13 Tia! Congrats to our winner (check your email!) and thanks to everyone who participated.
Win a $100 Kohl's Gift Card!

Win a $100 Kohl's Gift Card!

Win a $100 Kohl's Gift Card!

Shown above: The awesome gifts I picked up at Kohl's for kids in my neighborhood - on-trend, in style and brand new! Love the Candie's moto boots.
Baking and giving out holiday cookies!
#1 Lizzie (Homepage) on 2013-12-19 17:27 (Reply)
i spread holiday cheer by making cookies for many of my neighbors and relatives for the holidays, they love them :-)
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#2 lisa brown on 2013-12-19 17:29 (Reply)
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#4 lisa brown on 2013-12-19 17:32 (Reply)
This year the kids and I tried to spend the entire month of December paying it forward -- they had so much fun taking cookies to the fire department, making cards for wounded warriors, giving away a gift card at McDonalds! And they looked forward to every single one. My daughter's favorite was taping quarters to kids vending machines and my son's was taking balloons to his entire class at taekwondo one day. And they really learned a lot from it! :-)
#5 Suzanne on 2013-12-19 17:32 (Reply)
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#6 lisa brown on 2013-12-19 17:33 (Reply)
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#7 Eva (Homepage) on 2013-12-19 17:34 (Reply)
I love to spread cheer by making cookies for friends and getting together!!
#8 Diane on 2013-12-19 17:37 (Reply)
I like to spread holiday cheer by donating to Toys for Tots.
#9 Mami2jcn on 2013-12-19 17:45 (Reply)
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#11 Mami2jcn on 2013-12-19 17:50 (Reply)
In lieu of presents this year, our whole family decided to sponsor a family for Christmas. We bought presents and food for a local family in need. I gotta say it felt pretty good to give back this year.
#12 Marie Muckey on 2013-12-19 17:54 (Reply)
To spread holiday cheer, I am donating a meal to a local family. Happy Holidays everyone.
#13 Tia on 2013-12-19 18:10 (Reply)
I spread some holiday cheer this year by making bags of goodies (non-perishable foods, personal hygiene necessities, bottled water) and passing them out to homeless people I encountered driving around my big city. Most people were very grateful and it warmed my heart to help in some way.
#14 Stefanie on 2013-12-19 18:11 (Reply)
love donating to the Heifer Project!
#15 Rebekah on 2013-12-19 18:11 (Reply)
I too spread holiday cheer by donating toys to my church. Thanks.
#16 Maddy on 2013-12-19 18:12 (Reply)
I also love to bake and deliver cookies!
#17 Chloe on 2013-12-19 18:32 (Reply)
#18 Chloe on 2013-12-19 18:35 (Reply)
i help make traditional Puerto Rican holiday foods for my loved ones.
#19 thischickwins on 2013-12-19 18:46 (Reply)
I try to pay forward all year by volunteering at shelters. During December though, when shopping, I always buy an extra toy whereever I am and donate to toys for tots. I also round up my purchase price at stores and give the extra money to charity. A lot of stores are doing this.

My daughter, whose 12, also pays it forward by donating her allowance from December to a children's home.
#20 Tori (Homepage) on 2013-12-19 18:46 (Reply)
I spread the joy by baking cookies and sharing them with friends
#21 Elena on 2013-12-19 18:57 (Reply)
#22 Elena on 2013-12-19 19:02 (Reply)
#23 Elena on 2013-12-19 19:06 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by smiling at people I don't know.
#24 Amy Orvin on 2013-12-19 19:12 (Reply)
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#25 Amy Orvin on 2013-12-19 19:14 (Reply)
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#26 Amy Orvin on 2013-12-19 19:16 (Reply)
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#27 Amy Orvin on 2013-12-19 19:17 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by donating to food pantries.
#28 Jessie C. on 2013-12-19 19:19 (Reply)
#29 Jessie C. on 2013-12-19 19:20 (Reply)
#30 Jessie C. on 2013-12-19 19:20 (Reply)
#31 Jessie C. on 2013-12-19 19:21 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by posting really fun holiday shoots that involve fun things like confetti;)
#32 Shira (Homepage) on 2013-12-19 19:37 (Reply)
My family and I like to give out gifts and go caroling our local Alzheimer's nursing home. :-)
#33 Katie (Homepage) on 2013-12-19 19:38 (Reply)
So far we've donated clothes and toys, bought some items for the Angel tree,baked Christmas cupcakes and took them around and we still have some more goodies and fun stuff to do to share the love before Christmas gets here. Best thing about it is it's teaching my children to do for others and I get to watch them get excited over it. :-)
#34 Autum on 2013-12-19 19:38 (Reply)
We donate to the local food bank.
#35 Ashley H on 2013-12-19 19:39 (Reply)
#36 Autum on 2013-12-19 19:41 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by singing loud for all to hear. But other than the previous Elf reference, my family and I host an annual Christmas party for friends and family.
#37 Nikki on 2013-12-19 19:41 (Reply)
#38 Nikki on 2013-12-19 19:43 (Reply)
#39 Nikki on 2013-12-19 19:45 (Reply)
I bake treats for others.
#40 Stacy on 2013-12-19 19:46 (Reply)
#41 Stacy on 2013-12-19 19:47 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by purchasing gifts for those in need for Christmas through my church.
#42 Kelly D on 2013-12-19 19:58 (Reply)
#43 Kelly D on 2013-12-19 20:00 (Reply)
#44 Kelly D on 2013-12-19 20:01 (Reply)
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#45 Kelly D on 2013-12-19 20:04 (Reply)
It might sound cliche but I bake a lot and give them out to people who do not expect these sweets.
#46 Maureen on 2013-12-19 20:11 (Reply)
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#47 Maggie C (Homepage) on 2013-12-19 20:18 (Reply)
I try to spread cheer by baking cookies for loved ones. It's just something little but I like to think it brightens up their day.
#48 Maggie C (Homepage) on 2013-12-19 20:20 (Reply)
#49 Priscilla S. on 2013-12-19 20:31 (Reply)
By giving to others that ARE in need!
#50 Doreen (Homepage) on 2013-12-19 20:41 (Reply)
I show kindness by donating to local children in need.
#51 Dawn S on 2013-12-19 20:51 (Reply)
#52 Dawn S on 2013-12-19 20:52 (Reply)
#53 Dawn S on 2013-12-19 20:54 (Reply)
#54 Priscilla S. on 2013-12-19 20:54 (Reply)
Baking cookies and making homemade ornaments!
#55 Alicia F. (Homepage) on 2013-12-19 21:08 (Reply)
We give back to families in need. We try to make sure these are families in our community or in our church. It's not that we give because we have a lot of excess, but we give because their need is greater than our inconvenience.
#56 Erin Lynn on 2013-12-19 21:11 (Reply)
By volunteering our time to those in need.
#57 Reema on 2013-12-19 21:46 (Reply)
Baking is how I spread my holiday cheer!
#58 Stephanie on 2013-12-19 21:53 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by volunteering for Christmas for Children and caroling!
#59 Heather S on 2013-12-19 22:33 (Reply)
#60 Heather S on 2013-12-19 22:34 (Reply)
#61 Heather S on 2013-12-19 22:34 (Reply)
I like to buy lunch or coffee for the folks behind me when I'm in the drive-thru. Might be small but hopefully it brightens someones day!
#62 Leslie on 2013-12-19 22:36 (Reply)
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#63 Leslie on 2013-12-19 22:39 (Reply)
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#64 Leslie on 2013-12-19 22:40 (Reply)
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#65 Leslie on 2013-12-19 22:41 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by spending lots of quality time with my family. I also enjoy the season of giving. I like to do little things to brighten others days even if it is a small gesture.
#66 Katie on 2013-12-19 22:56 (Reply)
#67 Katie on 2013-12-19 23:28 (Reply)
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#69 Katie on 2013-12-19 23:31 (Reply)
i bake cookies for everyone!
#70 Bianca (Homepage) on 2013-12-19 23:34 (Reply)
I always like donate yummy foods to food banks at around this time of year, like cake mixes, good tea, ready-made meals that I would actually eat myself, and just food I like to eat in general because while canned foods do last longer, I think everyone should get to eat some comfort foods during the holidays.
#71 Alice W. on 2013-12-19 23:41 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by senting old school Christmas cards via snail mail.
#72 heather on 2013-12-20 00:15 (Reply)
I spread cheer by making (yummy) fudge for my family and friends to go with their gifts!
#73 Melissa on 2013-12-20 00:48 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by adopting a family and by baking for friends and family.
#74 Sarah H. on 2013-12-20 01:46 (Reply)
#75 Sarah H. on 2013-12-20 01:50 (Reply)
Baking and sending christmas cookies to all my loved ones
#76 Sinead on 2013-12-20 07:54 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by baking cookies and giving to all servicemen (postal workers, police officers...etc). and Also just by being extra nice around the holidays!
#77 Nicole on 2013-12-20 08:39 (Reply)
I cook Christmas dinner.
#78 Audra on 2013-12-20 08:54 (Reply)
A warm smile and a heartfelt "Merry Christmas"
#79 Wendi (Homepage) on 2013-12-20 08:58 (Reply)
I tweeted about the giveaway...
#80 Mary Beth Hamilton (Homepage) on 2013-12-20 09:02 (Reply)
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#81 Mary Beth (Homepage) on 2013-12-20 09:04 (Reply)
Since I just watched Elf I would have to say that the easiest way to spread holiday cheer is by singing loud for all to hear! I personally don't like to sing at work, thus I bring homemade treats!
#82 Mary Beth (Homepage) on 2013-12-20 09:05 (Reply)
We're making homemade goodies for our neighbors!
#83 rachel on 2013-12-20 09:35 (Reply)
My mom and I sign up to help cook "Hypothermia Meals" during the winter season - such a rewarding way to give back through local shelters.
#84 sabrina on 2013-12-20 10:02 (Reply)
I'm in school and most people go home for the holidays. Before everyone heads out, I host a big Christmas party for all our classmates to spread some holiday cheer among the people we see most of the year!
#85 Anu on 2013-12-20 11:17 (Reply)
I hand out lottery tickets to people that wait on me throughout the year - the folks at the coffee shop, the person that works the front desk at my gym, the cafeteria ladies at my children's school.
#86 Melinda Shepard on 2013-12-20 11:29 (Reply)
I love doing random acts of kindness during the holiday season.
#87 Celeste on 2013-12-20 11:52 (Reply)
Leave candy in your mailbox for your mail carrier!
#88 Shannon on 2013-12-20 11:53 (Reply)
My husband and I help throw a Christmas breakfast for the homeless kids from the middle school he teaches at. Several teachers donate so they can have gifts to open.
#89 Heidi on 2013-12-20 12:00 (Reply)
I marched in a Christmas parade and handed out candy canes!
#90 Mitra on 2013-12-20 12:38 (Reply)
I love to bake fresh apple and cherry pies for my family and I decorate w/ pretty lights which I'd like to think others enjoy.
#91 Danielle on 2013-12-20 12:50 (Reply)
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#92 Danielle on 2013-12-20 12:51 (Reply)
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#93 Danielle on 2013-12-20 12:53 (Reply)
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#94 Heidi on 2013-12-20 12:53 (Reply)
#95 Heidi on 2013-12-20 12:55 (Reply)
#96 Heidi on 2013-12-20 12:56 (Reply)
We gave some cars and a book to a family that my husband works with who couldn't afford Christmas gifts for their son. We let my son help pick out the cars

#97 Ashley C on 2013-12-20 13:03 (Reply)
Almost every year, I try and buy coffee for the person behind me at Starbucks. It's always a great feeling.
#98 Janeth I on 2013-12-20 13:09 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer my singing carols with my church group to the elderly in our neighborhood.
#99 Christy Peeples DuBoi. on 2013-12-20 13:46 (Reply)
I made little gifts for my coworkers. :-)
#100 Roxanne on 2013-12-20 14:48 (Reply)
I enjoy spending time with friends and family and spreading cheer with baked goods! Thanks for the giveaway:)
#101 Anna on 2013-12-20 15:40 (Reply)
I wish people happy holidays and get lots of great stuff for my daughter
#102 Sara Floyd on 2013-12-20 18:37 (Reply)
I keep a positive attitude and put a smile on my face.

Thanks for the chance to win!
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#103 wild orchid on 2013-12-20 18:49 (Reply)
#104 wild orchid on 2013-12-20 18:54 (Reply)
#105 wild orchid on 2013-12-20 18:55 (Reply)
#106 wild orchid on 2013-12-20 18:57 (Reply)
I bake treats for friends and family.
#107 Susan Christy on 2013-12-20 20:06 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by helping others when I can. And I also like to get my friends a small gift as well. Thanks for the great giveaway!
#108 Melissa L. on 2013-12-20 20:58 (Reply)
#109 Melissa L. on 2013-12-20 21:09 (Reply)
i make holiday treats for family.
i hope it spreads not cheer.
#110 tabitha on 2013-12-20 21:44 (Reply)
I try to give as much as I can to those in need
#111 JenniferB on 2013-12-20 22:05 (Reply)
I pinned! :-)
#112 Dee on 2013-12-20 22:37 (Reply)
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#113 Dee on 2013-12-20 22:39 (Reply)
I spread cheer by going caroling with my friends and I also dress up as an elf every year to hand out gifts at our local shelter. I look ridiculous but if it makes people laugh then I'm fine with it. Happy Holidays! :-)
#114 Dee on 2013-12-20 22:43 (Reply)
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#115 Dee on 2013-12-20 22:44 (Reply)
I bake lots of cookies for my friends & family.
#116 Colleen Boudreau on 2013-12-20 22:49 (Reply)
#117 Colleen Boudreau on 2013-12-20 22:51 (Reply)
#118 Colleen Boudreau on 2013-12-20 22:52 (Reply)
I spread cheer by baking cookies for my family. :-)
#119 Andrea on 2013-12-20 23:02 (Reply)
We dontate to our Toys for Tots program, and to our local foodbank.
#120 Laura Jacobson on 2013-12-21 00:12 (Reply)
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#122 Laura Jacobson on 2013-12-21 00:20 (Reply)
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#123 Laura Jacobson on 2013-12-21 00:36 (Reply)
I use the holiday as a moment to also get small gifts for people in my world who I want to show that I appreciate. Like a little extra something for the co-worker who let me borrow her truck or a $5 Starbucks or Subway gift card for the lady at the post office who holds my packages and the guy at the UPS who remembers my name.
#124 LT (Homepage) on 2013-12-21 08:23 (Reply)
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#125 LT (Homepage) on 2013-12-21 08:25 (Reply)
My husband and I do all our Christmas shopping at Kohl's each year. We earn lots of Kohl's cash in the process. This year, we "adopted" a family for Christmas from a local "at risk" school. We used all our Kohl's cash (over$350) to purchase stylish clothes and popular toys straight off their wish lists. Thanks to Kohl's, we have a new family tradition and a way to make someone else's holidays bright too.
#126 Michelle on 2013-12-21 09:18 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer this year by shipping homemade brownies to my best friend.
#127 Jen on 2013-12-21 11:39 (Reply)
We buy gifts for children that wouldn't have any gifts during this holiday season. This year we purchased clothing for a young boy and shoes for a young girl that our daughter teaches. So happy to be able to make there day better.
#128 Penny on 2013-12-21 12:48 (Reply)
My favorite experience with spreading holiday cheer was when my university organized an event where students would visit the homes of elderly people who were going to be lonely on christmas and bring them a gift and sing carols at their door. I had some the sweetest experiences doing this!
Now that I have graduated I enjoy spreading holiday cheer by making cookies and candy and handing them out at my churches christmas program.
#129 Jessica on 2013-12-21 16:31 (Reply)
We love buying gifts for others! That's how we spread Cmas cheer :-D
#130 Brooke on 2013-12-21 18:09 (Reply)
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#131 Brooke on 2013-12-21 18:13 (Reply)
#132 Brooke on 2013-12-21 18:15 (Reply)
#133 Brooke on 2013-12-21 18:17 (Reply)
I'm making cinnamon rolls for work on Monday!
#134 Lindsay Hulburd on 2013-12-21 20:14 (Reply)
We made cookies and candy and spent an evening driving around town making deliveries to friends and family :-)
#135 Holly B on 2013-12-21 23:36 (Reply)
We love to bake here, so spreading cheer always comes with food, cookies, cakes and pies! I love to support the local animal and people shelters year round.
#136 Mary Withrow on 2013-12-22 01:26 (Reply)
I cook/bake every year. My brother is in the military, and he and his buddies/company appreciate the goodies.
#137 Andrea on 2013-12-22 01:59 (Reply)
I spread the cheer with cookies and warm drinks.
#138 Sarah on 2013-12-22 02:12 (Reply)
I have a gingerbread man costume. I like to randomly wear that in the wintertime to spread holiday cheer.
#139 Melissa Jellie on 2013-12-22 12:59 (Reply)
well according to Elf, the best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear! :-)
#140 nicki on 2013-12-22 16:20 (Reply)
By baking homebaked cookies for all, and some nice hot chocolate to go with them.
#141 Rhonda G on 2013-12-22 17:13 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by smiling...A those who might be stressed. It's a nice reminder for myself to stay happy as well.
#142 Meghan on 2013-12-22 17:17 (Reply)
I usually work with my daughter at the children's hospital

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#143 Tabathia B on 2013-12-22 17:28 (Reply)
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#146 Tabathia B on 2013-12-22 17:35 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by making time to go cross-country skiing with my whole family! It's a great way to enjoy winter, embrace the holidays, and connect as a family!
#147 Amelia B. on 2013-12-23 00:23 (Reply)
I spread the holiday cheer by sharing lots of baked goods- and by making them with my niece who loves helping in the kitchen!
#148 Alexis K. on 2013-12-23 04:18 (Reply)
I try really hard to SINCERELY tell everyone that helps me to have a Merry Christmas, especially store employees.
#149 Ashton on 2013-12-23 12:20 (Reply)
I'm a Christmas queen! It would take endless space to tell everything, but one of the family traditions is to send a Heifer International gift to a family abroad. My daughter picked out a share of a llama this year!
#150 Mary on 2013-12-23 19:49 (Reply)
I am a gift giver.
#151 Elaine Holuk-Maginley on 2013-12-24 02:26 (Reply)
I spread Christmas cheer by retelling family stories and smiling and laughing while family members tell their own - even if I've heard them a billion times!
#152 Jamie Rose (Homepage) on 2013-12-24 04:22 (Reply)
I spread cheer by cooking for my family and loved ones, spending time with them, and making the holiday season special with kind gestures.
#153 Melissa on 2013-12-24 12:23 (Reply)
I bake a lot of goodies and distribute them to friends and neighbors.
#154 mysweetiepiepie (Homepage) on 2013-12-25 16:29 (Reply)
This season I have spread cheer by donating to each organization/store that has presented itself to me. With all of the good fortune in my life, and the ability to spend money to buy gifts for my family I made sure that I was giving back as much as possible. I donated outfits to a family that we adopted at work, gave train money to one of my homeless patients (I'm a nurse), brought in canned goods for a senior can drive, and donated to each store that was collecting during my shopping trips.
#155 Stephanie M. on 2013-12-25 20:37 (Reply)
This year I tried to spread Christmas cheer by singing Christmas songs with family and friends. And on a budget I tried to find little gifts that meant the most to my family and close friends. I also wanna say I love you budget babe for years I've been your fan and a great supporter!
#156 Sara Cadena on 2013-12-26 18:00 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer by giving lot's of hug's and smiling at everyone!
#157 rebecca shockley on 2013-12-28 03:19 (Reply)
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#158 rebecca shockley on 2013-12-28 03:21 (Reply)
#159 rebecca shockley on 2013-12-28 03:24 (Reply)
I try to spread holiday cheer by volunteering in a children's hospital.
#160 Daniella on 2013-12-28 13:01 (Reply)
I like to bake something special for my friends and family. This year I tried baking gluten free for the first time! Thanks for your site!
#161 Laura on 2013-12-28 18:41 (Reply)
I tried to spread some cheer by paying it forward in the Starbucks drive through by paying for the coffee order behind me!

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#162 Jenn @ hello, rigby! (Homepage) on 2013-12-28 20:17 (Reply)
Donating toys for kids.
#163 Geraldyne on 2013-12-28 23:17 (Reply)
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#165 Geraldyne on 2013-12-28 23:19 (Reply)
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#166 Geraldyne on 2013-12-28 23:20 (Reply)
We picked out a needy family and bought lots of presents for the whole family
#167 JenniferB on 2013-12-29 12:08 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheer this year by making homemade cards. I think they were a big hit.
#168 Stephanie L. on 2013-12-29 17:15 (Reply)
Since I'm going thru Chemo I couldn't do a lot to spread cheer; but made sure to put up the tree and decorations with my kids and sit together to watch all the christmas shows and make their holiday "normal" and cheery......
#169 Christy Foutch on 2013-12-30 19:27 (Reply)
I collect toys throughout the year and take them to the fire station where they distribute them to needy kids
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#170 Carolsue on 2013-12-31 03:08 (Reply)
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#172 Carolsue on 2013-12-31 03:10 (Reply)
#173 Carolsue on 2013-12-31 03:12 (Reply)
I carry "care packages" in my car for those in need.
#174 LAMusing on 2013-12-31 14:31 (Reply)
I spread a little holiday cheer by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and taking a extra moment to ask store employees or people standing in line how they were doing.
#175 Audra O'Hara on 2013-12-31 23:22 (Reply)
I send photo slideshow greetings of the kids to all or family who live across the ocean!
#176 Sara R on 2014-01-01 12:44 (Reply)
I spread holiday cheers by helping my parents with housework & helping students at my work!
#177 Karen Y. on 2014-01-02 23:49 (Reply)
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