I grew up with parents who were always trying to do for others. This was especially true for my mother who, whether volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House or at the Home of the Innocence, made it a priority to always try and help those less fortunate. 

I just happened to sell my car today and over the past month or so, I set out looking for a new one. While hunting for a good deal at my local SoCal Honda dealership (the Pilot is high on my list since my husband had one forever and loved it, not only because it comfortably held our entire brood, but it’s also super safe), my attention was grabbed by their year-end Happy Honda Days sales event and Random Acts of Helpfulness program. The phrases were familiar to me from all those entertaining stop motion animated commercials I’ve seen on TV, but it wasn’t until I walked into the dealership that I saw just how incredible this program is beyond special offers on cars. All year long the Helpful Honda Guys in Blue come together to do great things for people like the Holiday Treat Truck where the Helpful Honda Guys give away holiday treats. 

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I’m always moved when I hear stories about how small acts of kindness or being helpful can bring joy to others. Inspired by some of the stories I heard that day at the dealership, it got me thinking about different things my family could do to help make other people’s lives a little better. I’m most excited about delivering a whole bunch of gifts next week to a family we “adopted” for Christmas through a great local charity. We’ve done it for the past several years and our whole family gets so much out of the experience. Aside from how good it feels to receive a list of items total strangers need and be able to get those things for them, I think it’s especially important that my kids experience from an early age that there are families in the world just like ours, only not as fortunate, and see first hand how the smallest acts of kindness can make a huge difference to their lives.

As I’ve been baking so many holiday cookies as of late, we’re also going to bring our family a big plate of holiday sugar cookies with dye-free icing. In honor of the Helpful Guys in Blue, the Treat Truck, and all the good stuff they do, I made this little video, taking some roll-out sugar cookies I made with the kids and icing them using homemade blue food dye that I colored solely with blueberries and powdered sugar. Not only was it fun and super easy to make, but it has none of the scary ingredients artificial dyes sold at the store contain.

If you and your family do something special to help other during the holidays I would love to know. Just leave a comment below to remind us all about the power of giving during the holiday and all year long! And don’t forget to follow SoCal Honda Dealers on social media to see all the Helpful events that they have planned!

This blog post is sponsored by the Southern California Honda Dealers

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  1. I am always looking for more ways I can involve our entire family in giving back. This year, we are volunteering at a food bank that helps feed families in need.

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