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How to Help During the Holidays
Lensey Wilson, Staff Writer
The holiday season is a great time to give back, below is a list that can
help you do just that.
Operation Christmas Child; Samaritans Purse: The organiza
tion is based out of Boone, North Carolina. This is a unique project of
Samaritan’s Purse that enables caring people to share God’s love with
hurting girls and boys in the far corners of the globe. Take an ordinary
shoe box, fill it with toys and other presents and you have an extraordi
nary gift for a child in need of joy and hope.
Angel Tree: Angel Tree is a ministry of Prison Fellowship, delivering
love in the form of Christmas gifts and a message of hope to children of
prisoners. All Salvation Army locations have angel trees.
Holiday Project: The Holiday Project’s mission is to enrich the expe
rience of the holidays by arranging visits to people confined to nursing
homes, hospitals and other institutions.
Make A Wish: Make this holiday season special by helping a child’s
dream come true. Make a Wish’s unique holiday donation options will
help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical condi
Family Giving Tree: The Family Giving Tree fulfills the exact holiday
wish and provides backpacks filled with school supplies to those chil
dren in the most need in our communities while inspiring the values of
kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism.
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Toys For Tots: Donate a new toy or give a donation to help make Christ
mas a little brighter for a needy child in your community.
If you are able there is not a more perfect time to spread holiday cheer
with those that otherwise might not get to experience the joys of the holi
Activities to Do During the Holidays
Kelly Wallace, A&E Editor
Wondering what to do over the month long winter break? Have
no fear there are plenty of opportunities to have fun and stay warm this
break! If you love Christmas lights, then you will enjoy Christmas Town
at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. Enjoy a night full of magic
and hot chocolate as you tour Busch Garden’s theme park fully decorated
in lights. If you have sugar plums dancing in your head, go enjoy The
Nutcracker performed by the Carolina Ballet at the Duke Energy Center
in downtown Raleigh from Nov. 28 to Dec. 28. If you are on a tight bud
get and trying to save money this holiday season, then explore Pinterest’s
endless holiday craft ideas. Pinterest is also a great way to find new and
old holiday recipes for those of you who love to bake! Want to spend
time with your hometown friends? Grab some hot chocolate and cozy
up for ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas countdown to Christmas. ABC
Family plays some of the most beloved Christmas movies such as “Na
tional I>ampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “The Santa Claus,” “The Polar
Express,” “Elf,” “Prancer,” “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
and “Home Alone.” That’s just to name a few; you can checkout ABC
Family’s full list of movies on their website.
It is also a great time over our break to give back to our commu
nity. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or conduct a food drive. Clean out
your closet over break and donate clothes, jackets, gloves, hats, and shoes
to the Salvation Army. It is a great way to get organized and also give to
those during the holidays. This is the season for giving and it doesn’t
even require spending money. No matter how you spend your break, stay
warm and enjoy the month.
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Meredith Hacks: Life Hacks for Aveneins Ansels!
This week: Holiday Recipe - Peppermint Bark
makes 2.25 pounds
2 pounds white chocolate
1. Line a large jellyroll pan with heavy-duty foil.
30 small peppermint candy canes 2. Place white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on medium setting
for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
3. Place candy canes in a plastic bag, or between two pieces of waxed paper. Using a mallet
or rolling pin, break the candy canes into chunks. Stir peppermint into melted white choco
late. Spread evenly in pan, and chill until set, about 1 hour. Break into pieces by slamming
pan on counter.
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