Happy Boxing Day

This is Teacher Jennifer with the
Citizenship question for Boxing Day Boxing Day is a secular holiday that is
traditionally celebrated on December 26 the day after Christmas in England and
its former colonies. December 26th is also the feast day of Saint Stephan who collected food/clothing and gave them to the poor. On Boxing Day, workers would receive boxes of food and small gifts from their employers. Frequently, there were used clothing
or blankets in these boxes. Recently, Boxing Day has gained popularity in America. Many families “box up” unused clothes, electronics, and furniture and donate them to charitable organizations such as Goodwill Goodwill was started in 1902 by the Reverend Edgar J Helms of Morgan Methodist Chapel in Boston. Helms and his congregation collected used household goods and clothing being discarded by the wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired the unemployed to repair them. The products were then redistributed to those in need. Today Goodwill has become an international nonprofit that is funded by thrift stores and provides more than 300,000 people with job training and community services each year. Goodwill also offers free online job
skills and technology courses. Learn more at GCFLearnFree.org In the spirit of Boxing Day, we encourage you to donate your unused goods or volunteer with your local civic or community groups. Question: What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? vote join a political party help with a campaign join a civic group join a community group give an elected official your opinion on an issue call call Senators and Representatives publicly support or oppose an issue run for office write to a newspaper Thanks for listening. I know you will be a great American citizen! Happy Boxing Day!

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