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12 Days of Christmas Caring

12 Days of Christmas Caring

You’ve heard it, you know it, you can maybe even recite it from memory: “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This classic holiday song tells the story of a series of gifts given to the singer from his or her “true love.” The carol was originally published in England in 1780 and has gained worldwide popularity since then.

What you may not know is the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” actually start after Christmas is over. That’s right—the twelve days traditionally run from December 26th to January 6th. While the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” may be a little strange by today’s standards, you can still celebrate by giving gifts in your community. Check out this unique spin on 12 ways you can show you care this holiday season.

 

1. Partridge in a Pear Tree

Share one kind action with a complete stranger. Whether it’s holding the door open, giving a bigger tip or just complimenting someone’s outfit, a little effort can make someone’s entire day.

 

2. Turtle Doves

Give an unexpected homemade gift to a friend. Even though the holidays are coming to an end, give a friend a lovely note or handmade ornament for them to remember the season.

 

3. French Hens

Spend extra time with your family. The holidays can be a very busy time, but don’t forget the reason for the season. Take some extra time to do something fun with your family.

 

4. Calling Birds

Make a coworker’s day. Work doesn’t have to be just work. You can brighten someone’s cold winter day by sharing a kind note, extra treat or helping accomplish a difficult project.

 

5. Gold Rings

Do something special for your significant other. Leave the kids at home for the night and take your partner out on a romantic date, just the two of you, to show some love.

 

6. Geese A-Laying

Learn about another culture. The holidays are a wonderful time to learn about different customs and traditions. Take this time to learn something new and give value to others’ cultures.

 

7. Swans A-Swimming

Remember the animals. Animals need love too, and you can show you care to those who have no voice. Volunteer, adopt or spend some extra time cuddling your furry friend.

 

8. Maids A-Milking

Surprise the kiddos. Sometimes the greatest gift we can give children is the gift of a memory. Make memories with the kids in your life by surprising them with something fun this season.

 

9. Ladies Dancing

Volunteer in the community. The lull after the holidays can be a difficult season for some nonprofit organizations. Keep up the good work by volunteering to help your neighbors in need.

 

10. Lords A-Leaping

Donate new or gently-used goods. The holidays may be ending, but winter isn’t, and the need is high. Show you care by donating goods you may have around the house.

 

11. Pipers Piping

Give financially. If you’re able, financial gifts are always helpful to those struggling. Give back this season by helping to lift the burden of others around you.

 

12. Drummers Drumming

Be present. The greatest way to give presents these next 12 days is to simply be present. Focus your attention on others around you and how to show them you care every day.

 

The holidays are coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the giving season has to. Enjoy the 12 days of Christmas this year by showing the people in your life you care. Whether it’s a great act or a simple gesture, a little kindness goes a long way.

Our Impact in 2018

January 1-December 31
  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

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  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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