December 8, 2022  |   3 min read

5 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

It’s the end of the year and we are keeping the post short and sweet.  Read on to find some unique ways to give back this holiday season.

1. Give the Gift of Warmth

Buy some gloves and hats, make a scarf or give a coat that’s no longer in use. Whether you choose to spend money, DIY or recycle – warm gifts are always appreciated this time of year. Research local coat drives or donate to a local shelter.

2. Bring Joy to Children

Every child deserves to enjoy the magic of the holiday season. And when gifting is in abundance, its hard for little minds to understand why some might be getting more than others. Partner with a local school to help needy families in your community or donate toys to one of the many organizations who are collecting gifts such as Toys for Tots or Operation Christmas. Just check on guidelines – some require gifts to be brand new and unwrapped and others prefer gifts are wrapped and labelled.

3. Feed the Hungry

Food banks are collecting packaged non-perishable goods, churches are serving meals, and shelters are hosting those in need. Whether you donate canned goods that are collecting dust in your pantry (but check those expiration dates first!) or volunteer to help prep or serve a meal or choose to donate to an organization, it is all appreciated.

4. Support the Animals

Dogs and cats are also in need this festive season. Have a little extra time – maybe you could volunteer or foster a furry friend? Feeling the holiday rush – save time and donate to your local shelter, they always appreciate money but gifts such as blankets and unopened food or treats are also needed. Just remember, animals are not gifts, so if you’re thinking of adopting, make sure you can offer a forever home.

5. Perform a Random Act of Kindness

Not all giving requires planning or orchestration, sometimes spontaneity is what can put the biggest smiles on peoples’ faces. Pay it forward in line at the drive through, offer to help a neighbor, compliment a stranger, thank your local delivery workers. Kind acts do not go unnoticed in bringing JOY to everyone.

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