Holidays

Resolve To Grab Back

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We are all hopeful that 2019 will be the year the law finally catches up to Donald Trump. And, don’t get us wrong, it will be something to celebrate. However, the process of undoing the damage his administration has wrought will take many years and continued public engagement. We must never go back to the complacency we felt during the Obama White House era.

Your first DGB of this year is to resolve to keep grabbing back throughout 2019 and beyond, taking no freedom or democracy for granted.

#DGB #TBT Recycle Holiday Decor

Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to dispose of your holiday decorations responsibly.

If you’re like us at DGB, the warm feelings you had toward your holiday decorations have waned and you’re ready to throw them out the front door.

Last year’s list of resources for socially-conscious disposal can be found here: https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2016/12/29/dispose-of-holiday-decorations-responsibly and you could see a tiger play with your Christmas tree.

Or find some other cool ideas in this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/26/us/christmas-tree-recycling.html

 

Christmas, et cetera

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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: http://www.buddy-project.org/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.

 

Support Indigenous Communities

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Your DGB for today is to find a way to support local indigenous communities.

Second only to Columbus Day on the list of Problematic American Holidays, Thanksgiving has almost arrived. And while a food coma makes it easy to ignore the uncomfortable realities of historical facts surrounding the original feast, we would like you to make a small effort to bring restoration to the people that lost so much in the building of this nation, the United States.

First, you will need to do a little research to find what Native American tribe(s) are local to your area. Here is a resource that can help: http://www.native-languages.org/states.htm

Once you discover that information, find a way to assist.

Are they having issues with your town, city, county, state or Federal government? Contact your officials and let them know you want their need heard and a solution found.

Do they have art, food, books, music or other things for sale? Buy something.

Are they looking for volunteers with specific skills that you happen to have? Pitch in.

These are just a few suggestions. Find more here: http://nativesinamerica.com/2015/03/7-ways-for-non-natives-to-empower-native-people/

And here: http://mashable.com/2015/11/26/native-american-thanksgiving/#7w4_vTqS6PqV

While your butter softens and your turkey brines, grab back and support your Native American neighbors.

 

Food Bank Reminder

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Your DGB for today is to check in with your local food bank and see what they need for the holidays, then set a reminder in your phone to donate again in 90 days.

We all want to make sure everyone is fed for the holidays, so donations to food banks skyrocket during this time of year. Many people give holiday type items like stuffing mix and cranberry sauce, but sometimes food banks need every day items like peanut butter and beans. Check with your local food bank to see if they have a specific need and donate. You can find your local food bank here: https://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/food-banks-need/

And make sure to set a reminder in your phone to donate regularly throughout the year. Try every 30, 60, or 90 days, whatever works for you, and keep those cupboard shelves and bellies full.