A Lesson This Festive Season

Hand with heartThis time of the year can be very festive but for many it can also be one of sadness. As we are bombarded with images of family and home for the holidays, there are many people whom don’t have that. So as we shop around for everyone on our list and run to get presents, let’s take the time out to reach out to friends whom we may have lost contact with this year. Invite them to tea or coffee. Don’t isolate your single friends for couple’s only events, or your friends who are single parents. Think of everyone on equal footing with varying circumstances. Your gift for the busy parent, take their kids off their hands and head to a cool event. You friend who had a rough year, brunch and sprint them off to a massage.

Some of us can also take the time out to thank those we see in passing. Our local merchants, the neighbor who takes our packages, give them a token of appreciation a warm note saying thank you for everything this year.

There are a few stores I frequent as a vintage dealer and many of the staff helps me sort through items and this time of the year, I hand out some fun items to them just to say thank you. We all are in a position to give, whether it’s a physical present, a phone call, time or a hug.

Let no one go unnoticed.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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