Adding Others to Your Holiday List

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By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting

As my inbox was flooded with Black Friday deals and then Cyber Monday deals, I realized how adept I had become at online everything, not just shopping. I can shop from my laptop or my phone and I don’t even need to hunt down my wallet for credit card information.

I’m grateful for the fleet of delivery drivers, grocery, restaurant, Amazon, UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service who during the pandemic, and now into the holiday shopping season, are delivering my gifts and essentials.

While it’s easy to shop online, it’s also easy to forget people still need to bring these items to you. Here are five ways to say thank you to our area drivers.

And, if your order is wrong or damaged and you need to contact a company directly, be patient with the person at the other end of the line or chat screen. The U.S. is facing a worker shortage and customer service is one of those areas hit hard. Workers report one of the reasons they haven’t returned to customer service and hospitality jobs is because people are mean. I don’t mean rude, I’m talking mean with physical violence and verbal threats.

A worker shortage and people hesitant to travel outside of their bubble and interact with people, also leaves area organizations that rely on volunteers having to do more with less.

If you found it easy to shop online this year, make a few more online visits to area charities. If this list is overwhelming, I always want to recommend The Street Light, a Prince William County-based organization that provides housing and counseling services to the most vulnerable here in our community.

Here’s a personal reason to donate or volunteer, it’s good for your health! According to the Cleveland Clinic, “From volunteering at a soup kitchen to committing to raise money for a specific charity, the health benefits associated with giving can include:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Less depression
  • Lower stress levels
  • Longer life
  • Greater happiness and satisfaction”

During this busy time of year, we often put ourselves last. It’s nice to know we can be generous to others while also reaping the rewards.

Prince William County is a vibrant community with outstanding services and remarkable people. I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.



Melissa Davies is an executive leadership coach and facilitator as well as the author of How Not to Act Like a BLEEP at Work.  She resides in Prince William County and is the owner of Wise Ways Consulting, which specializes in leadership, management and team development, executive coaching, group facilitation and high-engagement training.  She can be reached at or through



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