Giving Back this Holiday Season with Hickory Farms

With the holidays, many of us find that we stick to traditions, ones that our parents shared with us and so on. So when I think of some of the traditions we have in our family, there are some that have created a lasting memory, ones that I cherish, and ones that I continue with my own children. Some of those traditions include the baking of cookies and decorating them the night before Christmas, singing Christmas Carols with my family, sharing stories and catching up with loved ones over some of our favorite Hickory Farms cheeses and sausage, and the tradition of the gift giving.

These are holiday traditions that I can not only remember sharing with my parents, but also sharing with my grandparents when I was younger, and they are all traditions I share with my own kids. Now when it comes to the gift giving, one tradition that I remember enjoying as a child, and we include our kids in every year, is the giving back.

When I was little, I can remember my mom getting together with her Rotary Club, and we would go shopping, buying a lot of gifts for kids that were on these lists we were given from a local orphanage, then wrapping them, and delivering them to the children’s home. I can remember looking forward to this gift giving every year, because I looked forward to seeing the kids faces as they got that bike that they had asked Santa for, or that doll that they wanted, and remembering that the feeling I got when giving to others, was a much better feeling than receiving gifts over the holidays.

This is a tradition that my husband and I continue, and my husband can remember as well from his own childhood, since he was a child who lived in a children’s home and who can remember the feeling of knowing that even after everything he had gone through, there were still those who cared out there, and that the spirit of Christmas was something he embraced, even if it was just once a year. So with our own kids, we give back each year, taking gifts to our local children’s home, and CASA, including our kids in the giving back so they too can understand and see the true meaning of Christmas in the eyes of the children that we help each year!

Well as we head out to prepare for our holidays, and embrace the traditions, I like knowing that even when we include the tradition of sharing a platter of Hickory Farms Beefy Hearty Hickory Basket, we can also embrace the tradition of giving back at the same time.

I like that just like the tradition of having Hickory Farms on our table for snacking on over the holidays with friends and family, sharing the sausages, cheeses, and chocolates is something that many have shared and included in their holiday celebrations for over 60 years. And as we stock up on the various Hickory Farms products from the Party Planner line, we can give back at the same time, because Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign! 

To date, with Hickory Farms and their customers, they have raised more than $3.3 million. With these contributions, they can help provide funding for summer meal programs, emergency food assistance, nutrition education, holiday charitable giving and long-term solutions for families in need. Making it so, when we add the various Party Planners from the Hickory Farms line, we not only keep the tradition of having their foods added to our celebrations, but we can give back even by just purchasing the products!

Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

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