With the holiday season quickly approaching, I wanted to talk about some ways you can give back during this time! The holidays can get so busy between buying gifts, cooking, family, and planning that we often forget how hard this season is for so many people, not only all over the world, but in our hometowns as well. There are many different ways to give back but these are a few simple ones:
1.) Donate to a food bank.
Many churches, schools, and stores will have food banks around this time of year. This is where you purchase certain food items that will be donated to a family in need. If there are not any places doing a food bank in your area you can even start one of your own!
2.) Participate in/host a toy drive.
Toy Drives during Christmas are great to be a part of. You can purchase toys or even donate toys to the drive. The kids are truly so thankful for any contribution and it helps make their Christmas special.
3.) Donate items to a local homeless shelter and/or animal shelter.
This is the time of year where temperatures drop and many people and animals are in need of clothes/blankets to keep them warm. You can donate things like jackets, scarves, gloves, and socks to the homeless shelter and things such as blankets to the animal shelter.
4.) Volunteer (churches, shelters, nursing homes, etc.)
Since this time of the year is extremely busy it is great to offer your help wherever it may be needed!
5.) Spend quality time with loved ones.
This one is simple, but it’s so important. You can give back to your loved ones by simply giving them your time and attention.
I encourage you to at least give back in one or more of these ways over the holiday season. Giving back will not only make someone else’s day, but its a feeling you will never forget as well.