Friday, December 18, 2015

Genma Holmes Talks Christmas and Volunteering to Jacque Reid on the TJMS

For several years, I have spoken to Jacque Reid on the Tom Joyner Morning Show about my role about as Ms. Santa. Each year, we have discussed the trendy toys and how to give back to others during the holiday season. Tune in to hear us share about www.livingtogivenow.com

Our time is the most important treasure we can give to anyone. Our volunteer time goes a long way in a child's life and makes a difference in their formative years. I volunteer to read to children as often as I can. During the holidays, it is my number one gift I give. Along with reading to children from all backgrounds, I give elementary schools books that shows positive images of African Americans. Baby Santa And the Missing Reindeer is a wonderful book that reflects diversity that is perfect to read this time of year.
Eastside Story presented Ms.Santa this book by author





Ms. Santa and her annual visit to Nia House Montessori

The season's hottest toy items are still the basic. Some thing never change. Girls and women are embracing dolls more and more and toy manufacturers are answering the call to make dolls that inspire our girls to be the best they can be.

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The Pretty Brown Dolls sold by the Pretty Brown Foundation are as cute as their owners. I recommend this doll because of the work of the The Pretty Brown Foundation. The Pretty Brown Foundation is a movement that empowers and inspires girls and women to celebrate their shades of brown with a simple yet powerful message. By developing positive self esteem, confidence and leadership, girls are empowered to dream their biggest dreams and live the lives that they imagine for themselves. 

For women who are young at heart or doll collector, the Ava DuVernay Barbie doll by Mattel, if one can be found! Proceeds from the doll goes to a charity. 

With the push to get kids moving again, bikes and skates, should be at the top of the list for boys and girls alike. Riding a bike helps kids get unwired from technology and gives them much needed excersie. Many family are taking biking trips, the Christmas break is a good time to take a trip that will allow riding together. Don't forget to get helmets as well.


Speaking of exercise, women are asking for FitBit to track their steps. This would make a perfect for adults who are seeking to get healthy in 2016. 

The hoover boards are the rage teens for teens. They can be pricey.

As Ms. Santa,  I am a giver. But even without my suit, I love to see "Black Gives Back." Look for non-profits that are doing amazing works and good deeds in your community and send them a check or find ways to volunteer. I am involved with non-profits that help make the world a brighter place, especially in the arts community. 

 
One of my favorites is the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Gifting a membership to a family or individual is an awesome year round gift that will used often. Everyone can write a check at the end. It does not have to be a large amount. But every dollar counts.

Lastly, this was busy year for me behind the scenes with many wonderful endeavors to serve others. Two that will stay with me for years to come were seeing my friend Lt. Colonel Daphne Young being recognized for her service to our country. To often, we leave our women who serve out of recognition programs for the military and veteans. It was an honor to watch her peers, sorority sisters, and other organizations particpate in her surprise retirement ceromony. The beauty of being Ms. Santa is the spirit of giving last year round.

The other special moment happened this month. I spent the time at Ty's House in Franklin, TN. Ty's House was named in honor of Ty Osman, II. Ty gave the gift of life by being an organ donor. Many individuals are alive because of him. I am encouraging everyone to give the gift of life by registering to become an organ donor.

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