It’s the holiday season, so there’s no better time to start feeling charitable. Take part in the season of giving and check out some of our favorite ways to give back below!
Volunteer with a local non-profit.
Where better to start giving back than in your own neighborhood? Maybe you have a knack for mentoring kids, or are passionate about helping animals. Either way, put your strengths and passions to good use this holiday season. Check with the non-profits in your community to see if any could use some extra help during the holidays.
Take advantage of donation opportunities.
Whether there’s a compelling GoFundMe that pulls at your heartstrings or a cashier asks if you’d like to donate a few bucks to charity while you’re out shopping, there are plenty of opportunities to donate this time of year. Can’t spare the extra cash right now? Keep reading to see other ways you can give back.
Donate gently worn clothing.
Now is a great time to get rid of those pieces of clothing you never touch. We promise you won’t miss them! There are dozens of organizations, both local and national, where you can donate your gently used clothing. Some will even pick your donations up right from your doorstep.
Share your company with others.
Many people spend the holiday season alone and want nothing more than some company and good conversation. Check with a local nursing home or assisted-living facility to see if there’s a way you can offer your time there. (Some of these people may rarely get visitors!) On another hand, if you know of a friend or distant relative who doesn’t family to spend the holidays with, how about extending an invite to your own holiday dinner?
Help feed your community.
Hunger is a very real problem in many communities, and it’s hard not being able to put food on the table for your family during the holidays. Local food banks and soup kitchens are often looking for volunteers, but don’t be discouraged if you can’t make it there. Food drives are plentiful this time of year, so check to see where you can donate canned goods, or host your own food drive.
Give gifts to those in need.
Donating gifts to children and families in need is another way to give back during the holidays. There are several national organizations that serve a wide variety of communities, but local hospitals and foster agencies often accept donations as well.
Can you think of other ways to give back during the holidays? Share your ideas in the comments below.