In honor of Giving Tuesday, our guest, Lindsay Micek, shares about the 12 Ways of Giving she started with her kids as a way to refocus the holidays around giving, instead of just getting.

Not only is Lindsay an extraordinary mama, she is the Magnet School Coordinator at Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is on the cutting edge of education and innovating a new way of “doing middle school” for students who want connection to the real-world and ways to apply their learning in a meaningful environment.

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Lindsay’s Fun & Easy Ways to Help Around the Holidays:

  • Bake cookies- take them somewhere to brighten someone’s day

  • Organize or help at a food pantry

  • Ring the bell for Salvation Army

  • Holiday Meals- help serve a holiday meal at a local homeless shelter, church or children’s hospital

  • Letters and Cards- write a letter or card to soldiers, veterans, police officers, or firefighters thanking them for their service

  • Angel Tree- grab an angel at any local church and donate a present for that child in need on Christmas

  • Toiletry Stockings- stuff stockings with toiletries and send them to a local shelter

  • Prayer Challenge- pick a different person every day to pray for and keep a paper prayer chain up in your house to see your impact

  • Teacher or Coach Giveback- buy a present or write a letter of appreciation for your teachers or coaches

  • Clothes Donation- clean out closets and donate to local homeless shelters, goodwill or local schools for their clothing closets

  • Wrap Presents- volunteer your time at a nursing home or for a cause by wrapping presents for them

  • Look for Local Events- they are always in need of people to help with booths or setup/teardown for the event

  • Adopt a Family- buy gifts for a family in need

  • Visit a Nursing Home- chat with people during the holidays who might not have family that comes to visit

  • Make Blankets and Mittens-  for homeless shelters to provide during the winter

Local organizations to help in cedar rapids, iowa

  • Young Parents Network

  • ARC of East Central Iowa

  • Catherine McCauley Center


  • Families Helping Families

  • WayPoint

  • Salvation Army

  • Ronald McDonald House

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