Over the holidays, we tend to be reminded of the importance of giving back. It is so important to try to remember to give back all throughout the year but over the holidays it is even more imperative to remember those who might be in need. There are so many ways to help those who may be less fortunate and you don’t have to break the bank to do so. See below for ways to do your part and give back this holiday season.
- Choose a family from a Giving Christmas Tree and provide gifts for the whole family. These trees will have cards with info hanging from the branches. These cards represent families who can’t afford to provide Christmas to their children. Cards tend to list children’s ages and their interests so you can choose gifts they’ll love. You can find these trees at your local church, your nearest hospital, local grocery stores – keep your eyes peeled, these trees are all over the place.
- Host a Food Drive. There are so many people who aren’t even able to put food on the table and it’s so easy for us to pick up a few extra things at the grocery store and donate. Let people know you you plan on making a donation drop and you’ll be surprised at how many people contribute to that.
- Make care packages for the homeless and hand them out. Fill it with things that might help someone get through a day – a warm blanket, toothbrush and paste, granola bars, apples, candy, deodorant, warm socks, gloves, wet naps, a water bottle. These are things we take for granted everyday but could really brighten someone else’s.
- Volunteer your time at a local charity. The Ronald McDonald House, The Children’s Hospital, your local food bank, just to name a few – it truly doesn’t matter where you do it. The bottom line is you are giving your time in order to help another and that’s all that matters.
- Choose someone close to you or in your life who may be struggling through this holiday season in some way. Bake them a casserole, or offer to watch their kid for a day.. Anything to help take the load off of them in some way. A small gesture can go a long way and it means a lot to know that someone is thinking of you in that way.
There are a million and one ways to give back to your community and a million and one people who would appreciate or benefit from it. It’s so easy to get caught up in our day to day lives and we tend to forget that there are people out there struggling through hardships on a regular basis. Christmas is the perfect reminder to be thankful for what you have and to be empathetic towards others who may not be as fortunate. Remember to embrace the people you love and the things that matter most, and give back to those who may need just a little extra this year.