Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

’Tis the Season to Give: Ways you can use your time to impact others this holiday season

Story by Sylvia Garcia Urrutia

If you have …     Try …

  • 10 Seconds: Smile at someone.
  • 1 Minute: Surprise your waitress/waiter with a note to thank them for their great service.
  • 5 Minutes: Pay for the person behind you in a drive-thru line. Log on to and click on “Drive-Thru Difference” for their details.
  • 10 Minutes: Donate time or prayers to ADRA, or purchase an animal or water well for a family overseas in need through their Really Useful Gift Catalog. Visit and click on “Get Involved.”
  • 15 Minutes: Support or thank our troops overseas. Go to for a list of ways to help.30 MinutesAt, get a list of homeless shelters near you, where you can organize a clothing or food drive or volunteer your time.
  • 1 Hour: Follow the example of Steve Chavez, managing editor of the Adventist Review, and spend your lunch break picking up trash in the community near your work site.
  • 1 Day: Help Habitat for Humanity build a house for someone in   need—no experience necessary! Log on to and click on “Get Involved.”
  • 1 Week: Use your Christmas holiday to “vacation with a purpose.”  Get more details at

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