December Newsletter

By Pivot Employee Assistance Services

Give Thanks for Gratitude

At the end of the year, the holiday season has become a high-pressure and stressful time for many people. There is so much emphasis on spending and gifting that we often forget about what makes us happy.


"Christmas time is an emotional time – lonely for some, magical for others. But for everyone, whatever their experience of Christmas, it can be a useful time to create a space for gratitude.

Gratitude is an emotion that a person can choose to feel at any time. This can be done by making a decision to focus your mind on the feeling of gratitude and making time for it. As an emotion, gratitude is good for the soul."


Read more about gratitude here:

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/give-thanks-for-gratitude-it-s-good-for-the-soul-and-your-health-1.2473680

How to Budget for Gift Giving

There are many ways to save money during the holiday season

  • Limit the number of people to whom you give gifts
  • Handmade gifts rather than store-bought
  • Be frugal in your gift-giving
  • Give gifts that er essentials, not just luxuries
  • Give vocational gifts

Read more here;

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidmarotta/2020/11/23/how-to-spend-budget-for-christmas/?sh=396f8f606216

National Observances for December

Check out this list of national observances and holidays for December!

  • December 5th
    International Volunteer Day
  • December 7th
    Walt Disney Day
  • December 12th
    Gingerbread House Day
  • December 13th
    National Cocoa Day
  • December 18th
    National Bake Cookies Day and National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
  • December 21st
    First Day of Winter/ Winter Solstice
  • December 24th
    National Chocolate Candy Day
  • December 25th
    National Pumpkin Pie Day
  • December 26th
    National Candy Cane Day
  • December 30th
    National Bacon Day

100 Ways to Make Holiday Memories with your Kids

Here are 10 Memory Making activities


  1. Write a letter to Santa
  2. Donate gifts to a local charity
  3. Clear out old toys
  4. Have a cookie decorating contest
  5. Go ice skating
  6. Have a holiday movie night
  7. Do a holiday-themed craft
  8. Have a s'more night
  9. Wrap gifts together
  10. Make snowglobes

https://nashville.citymomsblog.com/100-ways-make-christmas-memories-kids/

Try this Grinch Hot Chocolate!

Click the button to find the full recipe

Help Your Community, Donate Today!

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Toys for Tots

Locations in Jefferson County
In 2020, Toys for Tots distributed 7,090 toys and supported 2,124 children!

  • Dollar Generals
  • Family Dollars
  • Kinney Drug Store- Clayton
  • Ollies Bargain Outlet
  • Cam's Pizzeria
  • Watertown Savings Bank (all locations)
  • Community Bank- Clayton
  • American Legion #61
  • All Fire Stations
  • 7 News

If you are unable to get toys to these locations, visit the website for more information on applying for toys, donating online, or donating a toy.

https://jefferson-ny.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3

Locations in St. Lawrence County

In 2020, Toys for Tots distributed 6,640 toys and supported 1,109 children!

  • Pepsi- Ogdensburg
  • Walmart (Potsdam, Ogdensburg)
  • Seacomm (all locations)
  • St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union (all locations)
  • Kinney Drugs (all locations)
  • Dollar General (all locations)
  • Family Dollar (all locations)

If you are unable to get donations to these locations, visit the website for more information on applying for toys, donating online, or donating a toy.

https://ogdensburg-ny.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3

Holiday Angels Program

Holiday Angels (formerly known as Christmas Clearinghouse) is a collaborative effort of human service agencies, businesses, civic groups and individuals in Jefferson County, working together to ensure that children of low-income families have gifts for Christmas.


  • Salvation Army, Watertown
  • Rohde Center, Adams
  • Antwerp Town Hall, Antwerp
  • VEM Food Pantry, Carthage
  • Presbyterian Church, Chaumont
  • Clayton, Alexandria Bay, Thousand Islands Region: Applications accepted by phone.
  • Indian River Baptist Church, Philadelphia
  • A New Life Church, Depauville
  • Dexter Presbyterian Church, Dexter
  • Lewis County Opportunities

Learn more here:

https://www.capcjc.org/holiday-angels-program-now-underway/

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Pivot Employee Assistance Services

The Pivot Employee Assistance Services program is designed to help you and your family with personal problems that may be too large or complex for you to handle alone. Sometimes these problems can interfere with your ability to be successful at work. Employee Assistance Services provides free, confidential assessment, counseling and referral services in a professional setting. We believe that having healthy, well-adjusted employees results in improved job performance and productivity.


Call us for an appointment today!