Christmas 2020 is here! Time passes so quickly; it seems as if we celebrated Christmas 2019 not long ago!
Oh, the changes we’ve had to make since this time last year! As an organization with a hands-on approach in the community, we acknowledge the enormity of the difficulties and adversities many of you have had to face during the pandemic. Yet, it goes without saying that this year has also presented triumphant moments; times when the realization rings true that we are much more resilient than we thought possible. Out of necessity comes innovation and evolution. Not to be counted out yet; we are still here! And we still have much to cherish.
Like many other businesses and organizations, Classy Living Society has had to revamp some of its customary practices to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Community service is the heart of CLS, and it is a practice that relies heavily on our face-to-face, side-by-side presence in the community. Many of our partners curtailed in-person volunteer activities and CLS has had to follow their lead. Still eager to serve, CLS found a way to incorporate many more virtual volunteer opportunities for its members. In doing so, we’ve learned a new way to do those customary things we do well, and it has been a blessing.
This year, our special holiday giveback initiative employed a “reverse advent calendar” to get CLS members and their families involved in an amazing way to give back to those in the community. The initiative kicked off on December 1 and each day, CLS volunteers added one food item listed on the advent calendar to a box. A final food item was added on Christmas Eve and the boxes filled to the brim with food items were donated to various local food banks. We are so excited about the special way we blessed those in need for the holidays. The daily deed also kept our members and their families mindful of the real reason for the season – giving from the heart.
As we look toward the New Year, we are excited about all of the ways we will promote sisterhood bonding, give back to the community and inspire those who follow and support the great work our organization is doing. We would like to take this opportunity to express how grateful we are for your continued support during a year that has been particularly difficult for all of us.
Happy Holidays to you and your families. May the season bring you great tidings of peace, love, and joy!