The holidays aren’t just about us. After all, they call it the “season
of giving” for a reason, right? Spread the cheer this year with our four go-to
ways to make everyone in our communities merry and bright.
#1. Donate to a canned food
drive or support a local food bank
If your parents spend a certain amount of money each month or year at
your grocery store, they might qualify to pick up a free ham or turkey for the
holidays. Why not donate that—or take advantage of store coupons to get a good
deal on good food—along with stable canned goods to give others a tasty holiday
#2. Adopt a family or a child
You’ve seen the red net stockings different organizations fill for
shelters in your area, and the giving trees in small businesses. Grab a
stocking of your own to pack with goodies, pick a child to gift to this year or
host an impromptu neighborhood toy drive before Santa Clause comes to town.
Donate new and gently used toys and stuffed animals, as well as much-needed
winter clothing and blankets, to shelters in your area.
#3. Do a winter closet cleaning
Consider things that others less fortunate than you might not be able
to buy that you have aplenty. Things like cozy, clean sheets and gloves and
hats. If you’ve outgrown those Batman flannel sheets or have more mittens than
you can shake a stick at, find a drive near you that will take them or bring
them to a nearby Salvation Army.
#4. Make donations on behalf of
Can’t think of what to give the girl who already has everything? Try
giving to someone who could really use it. Search for a charitable organization
that does something good for a group that your friend would feel connected with—an
animal rescue for the pug lover or an inner city schools group for the wannabe
teacher. Donate to them in her name and write out what you did in a sweet
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 12/15/2013 6:30:00 PM
POSTED IN happy holidays, charity, do gooder