Feeling a little Grinch-like? Lights not twinkling for you? Santa and his reindeer not dashing in the slightest? You even think Santa hats are lame?! Sounds like someone needs help finding their holiday spirit.
If you’re trying to “get into” the holidays, try to remember that this time of year is about more than just getting presents and eating copious amounts of cookies. (Seriously, put down the milk for a second). No matter what holiday(s) you celebrate, there is one reason for the season we can all get behind: Giving to others with nothing expected in return. It just makes you feel good, right?
During the month of December, we here at the Phillies get in the spirit by hosting our “Season of Giving,” which involves some of the Phillies’ greatest accomplishments and takes place throughout the Delaware Valley and also right here at Citizens Bank Park.
We wanted to share five fun and easy ways you too can get in the holiday spirit, just like your Fightin’ Phils.
Just this past Tuesday, now known as #GivingTuesday, the Phillies along with countless other global charities, families, businesses and fans just like you came together to celebrate a day for giving back. We all can make the world a better place simply by expressing generosity in any way we can. In honor of the day, the Phils, via our annual Phillies Holiday #WeekofGiving promotion on Twitter, got involved by donating nonperishable food items in one lucky fan’s name to Philabundance through the Preston & Steve Camp Out for Hunger initiative, being delivered today. Phanta Claus will bring the fans’ items, along with the Phillies’ and ARAMARK’s contribution, to drop off at the event. Remember, a simple act, no matter how small, really can go a long way, especially when we’re talking about friends and neighbors in our community.
Didn’t know about #GivingTuesday? No worries. The beauty of this event is that you can celebrate all season long — or all year long. Like the song says, give a little bit… today!
As Americans, we take pride in honoring and supporting our service men and women all year-round. The work they do is so important and we are truly thankful for them. Some of you know firsthand that being away from family and friends during the holiday season is tough, and that is especially true for members of the military. Because of this, we all can help provide comfort, care and support to the military through various ways. The Phillies took part through the Liberty USO’s Operation Stocking Stuffers.
Just this past week, the Phillies and the Liberty USO held the final Operation Stocking Stuffers event in our very own clubhouse. (Santa’s workshop didn’t have anything on us!) It was a real Phanta Claus affair as the green guy, joined by Phillies Ballgirls and staff alongside USO volunteers and military members, helped stuff hundreds of stockings, which were then added to roughly 2,000 care packages being sent to military from Pennsylvania and South Jersey who are deployed in Afghanistan this holiday season. Pretty awesome. Want to know more about what the Liberty USO does and how you can help? Wish granted.
SIDE CHATTER: Phanta Claus also brought two stockings for military heroes volunteering at the event. Each stocking included a free Phillies Spring Training trip in Clearwater, where they’ll throw out a first pitch at the game they attend! That Phanta Claus is great, huh?
No, we’re not talking about renting the suit and donning a white beard for your office holiday party. We’re talking emulating jolly Saint Nick, who does a pretty fantastic job delivering so many presents. He must really feel like a rock star for bringing joy to so many people – and so can you. You could totally get in on that by participating in Adopt-a-Family initiatives through your work, community center, place of worship or even hit up Google to find one nearby. The Phillies front office has adopted eleven families this year and we’re so excited to help spread holiday cheer to them. Whether it’s an Elmo doll or a pair of shoes, any and every gift received will mean the world to that person.
Elves are helpful folks, always lending their time to make toys, bake cookies, sing songs and, overall, be cheerful beings. Channel your inner elf by volunteering your time at a local shelter or community center — pointy ears not required. Sing carols or read stories at a local retirement home or after school program, walk dogs at an animal shelter or help serve a meal at a shelter. Phillies front office personnel will once again tie on aprons and help prepare and serve a traditional holiday dinner to over 200 homeless community members at the Bethesda Project in Philadelphia in the coming weeks. We certainly enjoy it. No angry elves around here.
Yes, you can add the movie to your Netflix queue, but also this is an idea we love. Spreading joy, love and kindness anonymously is truly wonderful — no doubt about it. Pay for coffee or the toll for the person behind you in line, tape quarters to a vending machine, help an elderly person carry groceries to their car, leave a generous tip for your server – there are so many options! You will feel even better than the person on the receiving end of your random act. Try it, we think you’ll like it.
There are really so many ways you can give to others this holiday season, but here are a few to get you started.
So get out there and find your holiday spirit. It’s looking for you!