#25DaysofGiving: Emanuela de Paula

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#25DaysofGiving: Emanuela de Paula

It means so much to me to volunteer all year round. but especially during Christmas. In Brazil, it’s the biggest holiday of the year because we don’t have Thanksgiving - Christmas is definitely the perfect time to give thanks and give back. I mean, why not when you're able and self-sufficient, right?

#25DaysofGiving: Emanuela de Paula

I used to participate in festivities with my dad back home and make little holiday baskets to give out to underprivileged kids. I wholeheartedly believe that giving back gives you the energy and motivation to work hard and continue to do good.

#25DaysofGiving: Emanuela de Paula

There was a Brazilian organization I've been involved in for as long as I remember. It’s called Love Together Brasil and it's based in where I'm from. We used to raise money to buy air conditioners and support public education for the kids back home.

#25DaysofGiving: Emanuela de Paula

For this particular cause with Toys for Tots, I chose a sewing and decorating kit that I think little kids would love and be able to use their creativity through. I really wanted it for myself, too!

#25DaysofGiving: Emanuela de Paula

For whichever child that receives my gift, I wish her or him nothing but a big, big smile on their face! My hope for the world in 2016 is peace. It makes me sad that people could be so negative and violent. I hope that we can all come to a collective conscious in the new year to be content with what we have and find peace and love within ourselves.

In the true spirit of the holidays, The Society and our talents are giving back through #ToysforTots to gift children with brand new toys so all kids can enjoy a happy holiday season. Starting from today to the 25th, we will feature individual talents daily on our Instagram with what they’ve chosen for gifting, with posts highlighting a few for our blog as well!

First up, we have the very generous and talented Emaneula de Paula, who has been an active volunteer at Love Together Brasil back in Brazil since little. Click through the slideshow to learn more about Emanuela and her giving back, and check out her incredible travel photo blog, Manu by Manu!