The holidays are a great time to reflect on what we’re thankful for. It’s also a good time to remember that not everyone may be as fortunate as us and that giving back is an important part of being a productive member of society. Here are several ways you can give back to those in need this holiday season.
Volunteer Your Time
Volunteering is a free way to help out during the holidays. All it costs is your time. There are several places in need of volunteers during the holiday season, including soup kitchens, hospitals, schools, and nursing homes.
Donate Unwanted Items
In preparation for all the new gifts you and your family will be receiving during the holidays, now is a great time to purge closets, dressers, and toy boxes of unwanted clothes, toys, shoes, linens, and other household items. You can donate them to a homeless shelter or an organization that aids those in need in your community. Many of these places provide paperwork which you can then use as a deduction come tax season.
Donate Non-Perishable Food
Homeless shelters and food cupboards are in extra need of food items during the holiday season. You can donate canned goods, pasta, snacks, and any other non-perishable food items you wish to provide. Your small donation will have a big impact on those less fortunate this holiday season.
Extend an Invitation
Giving back starts at home. Friends and family members that may be lonely or in need during the holiday season would greatly benefit from a simple invitation to your home for a home-cooked holiday meal. While the hustle and bustle of the holiday season may bring joy to you, for those suffering it can only magnify it even more. Your kindness will go a long way.
Give the Gift of Life
There’s no better way to give back this holiday season than by giving the gift of life. There are several ways to do this, including donating blood or platelets or signing up to be an organ donor.
This holiday season, take time to give thanks for all that you have and then take time to give back.