Giving Back During the Holidays
‘Tis the season to give, and we’re all trying our best despite the rising prices of, well…everything. In a tough economy, the harder it is the give, them more that charity is likely needed. Giving back doesn’t have to break the bank. Below are some ways you can give a little extra this season if you have the means.
If you’re tipping someone anyway, throw an extra dollar or so on that gratuity.
If you’re a family who does Advent Calendars, I saw a cool idea called a “Reverse Advent Calendar.” Instead of taking a treat out each day, your family puts one item that can be donated. New tooth brushes, non perishable food, socks, and other everyday items that can be purchased at the Dollar Store. At the end of the month, you can donate the items.
Speaking of donating, we all have coats in our closets that we rarely wear. Let the coat go. It isn’t doing anyone any good on the hanger. I’m sure there’s someone out there who would wear that coat every day.
Animal shelters are packed during the cold months. Shelters are always looking for blankets, toys, and food. (Heads up, if you call ahead of time they can tell you exactly what they’d get the most use out of.)
If you’re out shoveling, consider helping a neighbor who may have a harder time physically.
Decorating and sending cards to those stationed over seas or to a local nursing home is something the family can do together. Those who can’t be near their families appreciate the extra love.
Giving doesn’t need to be expensive or a grand gesture. Let’s help each other out this season.