The holiday season is a time of giving. Yet, it can often be difficult to determine just how to give back to others during this time of year. Though it may not seem like it, a simple donation or act of kindness can make a world of difference for those who are in need. This holiday season, consider taking part in these charitable activities.
Bake holiday cookies and prepare meals for the hungry
Pretty much everyone loves a warm plate of holiday cookies. This dessert evokes a comforting mid-winter mood. Therefore, one of the simplest acts of generosity you can perform is baking cookies for others. You can deliver these baked goods to your neighbors, law enforcement office or your local shelter. Of course, hungry families need more than cookies to eat. Consider preparing meals for families in need.
Write a holiday card for soldiers stationed overseas
Unfortunately, not everyone can make it home for the holidays. Indeed, soldiers stationed overseas are separated from their families during this time of the year. As such, they could definitely use some festive encouragement. Spread a little yuletide cheer by sending them a holiday card with a thoughtful message.
Visit a nursing home
Loneliness during the holidays isn’t exclusive to soldiers stationed overseas. Many elderly individuals at nursing homes go through the holiday season without receiving any visitors. You can help brighten their day by volunteering at a nursing home, or even visiting residents there. Something as simple as performing carols for residents can raise their spirits.
Volunteer at an animal shelter
Four-legged friends need companionship during the holidays, too. Many dogs and cats are housed in shelters, especially right around the holidays. Individuals who work at shelters could certainly use an extra set of hands taking care of these creatures. You can do your part to help look after the animals housed there by volunteering. You may even end up adding a new feline or canine to your family, just in time for the holidays.
Donate used toys and gadgets
Each year, people receive a ton of new gifts during the holidays. Many of the gifts they received last year are often put aside or stored away. Instead of letting those old toys and gadgets collect dust, consider donating them to a local shelter. Many individuals can make use of items that you longer use. This is especially true if your own little ones have grown tired of their toys. After all, nothing brings a smile to a child’s face during the holidays like a thoughtful present.
This holiday season, spread some joy to the world around you by giving back to your community and share the love of the season.