As the festive season draws closer, many people are beginning to get excited about what it will bring. For kids it’s the promise of presents wrapped under a tree, for some it’s the delicious food that people indulge in, and for others, it’s enjoying the twinkling lights and snow on the ground. It’s a time that makes you feel thankful for the things you have in life, but for many people, they don’t have the luxury of comforts or spending time with loved ones. This is why it’s important to think about what you can do to give back this holiday season, and here are some ways you can do that.
Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
It’s easy to sit comfortably on your couch in a warm house over the winter, but some struggle each day to find shelter and stay safe. As the colder months draw in, many homeless people will struggle to survive and it’s important to do what you can to help. Volunteering at your local soup kitchen or homeless shelter to provide hot food, clothing, and other necessities is a great way to support those in need.
Instead of purchasing expensive gifts this year for others, look to find unique presents in charity shops. It’s a great way to save some money, but it’s also supporting organizations that go on to help others from all walks of life, whether it’s a charity raising money for cancer research or providing food, water, and medicine to people who don’t have easy access to these things. You could also try holiday giving this year and donate in someone’s name to their chosen charity.
Create and Deliver Food and Clothing Packages
Another good way to give back during the festive season is by creating food and clothing packagesthat can be distributed to those on lower incomes in your area. For children whose parents might not be able to afford to buy them gifts this year, you could include some toys, games, books, and other items so they have something to unwrap on Christmas day. You could also include some basic household items like sanitary and bathing products, as well as canned goods they can keep in their kitchen cupboards.
Getting involved in a fundraising challenge is an excellent way to have some fun and raise money for a good cause at any time of year. Think about what you could do to create a festive themed fundraiser, and set up a GoFundMe page, or contact your chosen charity directly for further guidance on how you can do this for them. You can post pictures and videos of your challenge on social media to help raise awareness about what the charity does, and why it means something to you.
If you want to give back to your local community or do something on a wider scale this holiday season, consider the suggestions above and see how you can get involved.