We all know that the holidays are a hectic time: we’re running around to find the perfect gifts, sending out Christmas cards, attending holiday work parties, some of us may even be traveling to visit family. One important thing that you shouldn’t forget to do this Christmas season is give back. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year, but we must remember that not all are as fortunate as we are. And now that winter is approaching, for those that live in colder climates, we can’t forget about those who don’t have a home or a warm bed to sleep in. There are so many ways that we can give back this holiday season, and as a bonus, you can include your kids! It’s a great way for them to get involved in helping out around the community at a young age. Here are some ideas:
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter: With the cold weather coming, homeless shelters are certainly getting busy! You can help by serving meals, or even just spending time with those using the shelter.
- Visit a nursing home: Many patients are confined to their beds, and may not have family and friends close enough to visit them. Come bearing holiday cards and singing Christmas carols! Just make sure to call the nursing home ahead of time to schedule your visit.
- Adopt a family: Schools, churches, and other local organizations usually have families that you can “adopt” over the Christmas season, where you can sponsor that family and buy them gifts. If it is within your means, it would mean so much to the families that receive those gifts.
- Donate old toys: When Santa Claus is coming to town, that usually means more toys! As the kids grow older, there will certainly be toys that they don’t play with anymore that would be perfect for someone younger. Go through your toy box and donate whatever isn’t used to charity.
- Bake: Baking is a must during the holiday season! Whip up some of these Reindeer Cookies or Peppermint Bark and bring to your local fire department or police station, they are sure to love! And don’t forget your teachers!
- Pack stockings for the homeless: Pick up some inexpensive stockings and items from your local grocery store or pharmacy. Items can include water bottles, granola bars, a toothbrush and toothpaste, wipes, and maybe even a pair of gloves. Pass these out to homeless people you encounter on the street.
And there you have it! Some simple ways to give back this season. Have fun, feel good, and have a safe and Merry Christmas!