Dear Kid,

It’s that time of year. And by “that time of year” I mean winter break.

Winter break is all good. You’re here (which makes me very happy), you’re done with finals (which makes you happy), and you don’t have a full agenda (which means you’re available).

As I said, all good.

Look for a warm item you no longer use that you can donate to someone in need. DearKidLoveMom.comIt’s also the time of year to remember that while you are cozy warm and well fed, not everyone is as fortunate.

As a poor college student, you don’t have the luxury of lots of disposable income to donate to charity. You don’t usually have the luxury of excessive amounts of time to work with those who need help.

But there is something you can do.

As you go through all the things in your room (because I know you are going to spend some time going through and organizing the clutter chaos things in your room), look for at least one gently used item that you never wear (and can’t imagine ever wearing again). We all have at least one warm item that we’re not going to wear again and that someone else can use.

Let’s donate that cold weather item to an organization that can give it to someone who really needs it.

Yes, I know the weather is ridiculously warm right now. Craziness. But I also know that even now it gets chilly at night. And over the next few months it will get downright cold.

So see what you have that someone might need more than you do. And donate it.

You’ll be amazed at how warm it will make you feel.

Love, Mom