The holiday season is a time of giving. Yet, it can often be difficult to determine just how to give back to others during this time of year – especially if you can’t physically be near others.
Though it may not seem like it, a simple donation or act of kindness can make a world of difference for those who are in need. This holiday season, consider taking part in these charitable activities.
Bake holiday cookies and prepare meals for the hungry
Everyone loves a warm plate of holiday cookies, and one of the simplest acts of generosity you can perform is baking cookies for others.
You can deliver baked goods to your neighbors, law enforcement office or your local shelter. Of course, hungry families need more than cookies to eat. Consider preparing meals for families in need. Check with local food pantries or soup kitchens to see how you can help – check out the links below to help you get started:
Write a holiday card for soldiers stationed overseas
Unfortunately, not everyone can make it home for the holidays. Soldiers stationed overseas are separated from their families during this time of the year.
As such, they could use some festive encouragement. Spread a little yuletide cheer by sending them a holiday card with a thoughtful message, or shipping a care package.
Support a nursing home
Loneliness during the holidays isn’t exclusive to soldiers stationed overseas. Many elderly individuals at nursing homes go through the holiday season without receiving any visitors – especially this year.
You can help brighten their day in a creative way, even if you can’t visit in person. Contact a local nursing home or assisted living community to see if you can send cards, letters or care packages. If a loved one lives in a nursing home or assisted living, spend a little extra time giving them a phone or video call – they’ll appreciate it.
Here’s a list of some local nursing homes you could reach out to in your area:
Volunteer at an animal shelter
Four-legged friends need companionship during the holidays, too. Many dogs and cats are housed in shelters, especially right around the holidays.
You can do your part to help look after the animals housed there by volunteering by donating food or other supplies. You can even foster a pet until it’s ready to move to a new home. Check out the list below for some local animal shelters in your area:
Donate used toys, gadgets and clothing
Each year, people receive a mountain of new gifts during the holidays. Many of the gifts they received last year are often put aside or stored away.
Instead of letting those old toys and gadgets collect dust, consider donating them to a local shelter or charity. Many people can make use of items that you longer use. This is especially true if your own little ones have grown tired of their toys. After all, nothing brings a smile to a child’s face during the holidays like a thoughtful present.
Clothing, especially warm winter gear like coats and hats, is also especially needed this time of year. Find a local shelter or charity with a warm-clothing drive and clean out your closet. Here are some local charities to consider donating to:
Give back to your community this holiday season
This holiday season, spread some joy to the world around you by giving back to your community and sharing the love of the season.
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This blog was updated on Dec. 16, 2021.
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