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Kindness in 3 Easy Steps - Step 3

If you find something you like or love, or have had a great experience, don't you just want to share it with others? Don't you just want to spread the good word? The joy? Which leads to the third and final part of my blog.

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Kindness in 3 Easy Steps - Step 2

You don't have to Join the Peace Corps to be a volunteer. But you can impact the world for good right in your own back yard. There are thousands of opportunities, of which Family Giving Tree is just one.

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Kindness in 3 Easy Steps - Step 1

To kick off this "wild" idea, I'll start with something pretty basic - something we've all been encouraged to do since we were kids.

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Kindness in 3 Easy Steps

It's a bit hard to believe that this past summer one of the two U.S. Presidential candidates -- in this case, Hillary Clinton -- had a week or so of press coverage that focused on her message of 'Love & Kindness'. A number of major media outlets trumpeted that theme, particularly as the Democratic party attempted to paint a contrast with the recently concluded Republican convention. 

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Exact Wishes

Something that sets the Family Giving Tree apart from many other nonprofits, and specifically nonprofits which distribute holiday gifts, is the fact that we seek out the exact wish from recipients listed on our Holiday Wish Cards. Thousands of volunteers spend hours interviewing recipients from Bay Area nonprofit and social service agencies, asking them “What do you want as your gift?” 

Inspiring Volunteerism

When I was 5, I decided that I wanted to do something with my spare time to assist those in my community, so I started helping seniors that lived on my block. In 3rd grade, I discovered a senior center next to my elementary school and began to walk daily to the center, and surprisingly, I found exactly what I was looking for.

I was there to volunteer, to keep the elderly company, but what I gained from spending my time with them was far richer and fulfilling than anything I could have imagined.

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