Charity & Giving help me heal with my Hoarding

November and December is a season of charity and giving.  Everyone seems to be more open to service and helping the community during this time.  I participate in two charities now in November.  The first one we packed snack and toiletries bags for Robin’s Nest.  That is a local shelter for runaway or troubled teens to live and be safe.  The second charity is Operation Christmas Child.  We pack shoeboxes filled with toiletries and toys for children all over the world.  Charity is really therapeutic for my hoarding.  It helps me see the good in letting go and giving to others in need.  As a hoarder I hold onto things because I feel anxiety if I let it go.  On the opposite spectrum, I feel joy of letting go if I know someone else is being blessed by it.  I feel such a love come over my heart when I know I am doing good for the community.  It is this transition of joy replacing anxiety that is helping me heal from my hoarding.

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