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CRYSTAL: A Perfect Time to Give Back

Hello, Jets Nation! It's Crystal from the Flight Crew and so far this has been an amazing season. One of the many benefits of being on the Flight Crew is the opportunity to attend charity events and give back to the community. As the holiday season is upon us it is very important to remember those who are less fortunate and to try and capture the true holiday spirit of giving back. As the saying goes, "It's better to give than to receive"

Here are several ways for you to make a difference in someone's life and to help make someone's holiday season special:

Monetary Donation

There are thousands of charities that are in need of cash donations. Organizations that you can donate cash to include the American Red Cross, UNICEF, St. Jude Children's Hospital Research, homeless shelters, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and many other groups. Usually a good donation to give is between $5-100.

Food and Coats

Food and coat drives help to feed families and keep them warm during the holiday season. These drives are often organized at your local grocery store, church, school or job. This is also a great way to clean out your closets, drawers and kitchen cabinets. The Jets' annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive will be held at New Meadowlands Stadium before the last regular-season game against the Bills on Jan. 2.

Buy From Retailers Who Are Giving Back

Certain retailers and designers team up with worthy charities for the holidays either giving a portion of overall sale proceeds or proceeds from a particular item to a charity. In the past, retailers such as GAP or American Express have been involved with charitable giving during the holidays. Inquire about specifics with the retailer.

Make a Child Smile

Buy, collect and deliver toys to a local homeless shelter, service organization or charity like "Toys for Tots." Make a quick stop at a local department store like Target or Kmart while you are in the midst of your weekly errands and pick up something for a child who might otherwise get nothing.

Donate Blood

Donating blood is one of most selfless things you can do for others this holiday season and the rest of the year. Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Blood banks around the country are in need of donations. All you have to do is contact your local blood bank and ask them when you can come in to donate.

If Money Is Tight … Donate Your Time

It is understandable if money is tight. However, time may not be. If you can't afford to give financially, devote some time to a charity of your choice. Whether this means an afternoon at a soup kitchen, volunteering for a particular event or even helping to raise money, your time can be very important. One afternoon can help make a difference.

These are only a few ways to help those in need. Get involved any way you can.

Happy Holidays and Let's Go JETS!!!!


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