Christmas, et cetera


Your DGB for today is to reach out to someone who might be hurting during the holidays, or for help yourself if you need it.

The winter holidays can be a tough time for lots of people. Madison Avenue is peddling impossibly perfect holiday memories, stress is high, money is low, families are deeply imperfect, and the daily news from the Trumpocalypse doesn’t help at all. For those with mental illness, suffering from loss, or just in a bad place in life, it can be excruciating. Do you know anyone like that? Is it you?

If you know of anyone who might be struggling, please give them a visit, a call, or a text. If you’re struggling and don’t know who to call, try one of these hotlines:

You’re not alone. None of us are. Hugs and hot chocolate from the Daily Grab Back crew to all of you. Happy Holidays and hopes for a brighter New Year.


Dispose of Holiday Decorations Responsibly

Your DGB for today is to find a way to lower your holiday’s impact.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is already a part of your daily routine, right? What about when it comes to cleaning up the aftermath of the holidays? After several weeks of work and build-up it’s tempting to just trash everything and stick it by the curb along with all of 2016, but there are easy ways to get rid of the clutter without putting it in a landfill. Your local city or county waste management agency will often have ideas, but here are a few compiled by DGB:

Real Christmas tree: Donate it to your local zoo! Contact them and see if they are accepting trees for the animals to play with.

Fake Christmas tree: If it’s not too far gone, you can donate it to a thrift store, nursing home, or even schools. Most local recycling centers also accept them.

Holiday Lights: This company collects your old lights all year long to raise money for Toys for Tots.

Wrapping paper tubes: They make a great handle for a protest sign! Find out if the organizers of the next rally or march near you are interested in your empty wrapping paper tubes.

Other holiday stuff not mentioned here? Earth911 has compiled a very handy database that can help you find a way.

As for 2016, DGB has confirmed we cannot reuse or recycle. This one must go directly to a landfill.



Pick Up a Piece of Trash

Your DGB for this Christmas Day is to go outside and pick up at least one piece of litter, preferably more.

Channel a bit of that holiday goodwill you’ve been feeling into doing this small deed today. It provides the perfect break from a house crammed with family, especially your Uncle Trumper. Pack yourself a toasty thermos of your favorite beverage, stuff a trash bag in your pocket and head outside. If you have children, this is also an opportunity to start a family tradition. Take the kids out for a post-presents walk and do some outdoor tidying in the spirit of the season. Grabbing back is giving back to the community!