Tuesday, December 25 2018
The holiday season is the season of giving. After you’ve spent time with friends and family, given and received thoughtfully picked out gifts, and indulged in countless meals full of rich foods and sweet treats, you may feel a desire to do something more this Christmas. This is a nice time to think about others who are less fortunate, and to give back to the community. Below are some ways that you can make a difference and do some good this holiday season.
Donate to Charities
One way you can give back this Christmas is by donating money to a charity. Maybe you already have a charity you support, or maybe you need to do some research to find one you are passionate about—whatever charity you choose, you can donate a small or large amount of money and know that your donation will be used for an important cause that you want to help. When you research a charity to support, you can narrow it down by causes that interest you; are you passionate about helping children, the homeless, the environment, animals, etc.? Check out relevant charities and choose one whose administrative costs are reasonable, so the largest possible percentage of your donation actually reaches recipients. Then you can be sure that any donation you make will go to a great cause!
Help a Family in Need
Reach out to local community agencies that organize assistance for the less fortunate—there may be a family going through a hard time who could use help this Christmas. You could graciously provide gifts, Christmas decorations, and a meal to this family so they can celebrate the holiday. Small gestures like this could change a family’s life and spread the Christmas cheer to a family who really needs it!
Create Gift Bags
Another way to give back to the community is by creating gift bags for the homeless. You can find inexpensive backpacks and bags at discount stores like Ross and the 99 Cent Store, and you can fill them with items that they will need. Things to include are toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, lotion, sunscreen, deodorant, etc. You should also include items like new socks, gloves, sunglasses, underwear, an emergency blanket, and poncho. This is a nice way to help provide people with basic supplies that everyone needs.
Donate to a Food Bank
You can buy some nonperishable foods, or empty out your cupboard, and donate to a local food bank. Food banks are often in need of extra food during the holidays, so this is the perfect way to help local families in need. You can call your local food bank and ask which foods they most need, or use this list to help you pick some out!
Sing Christmas Carols
Visit a nursing home and bring Christmas cards to pass out. Go as a group and sing Christmas carols to spread cheer among the residents. Many of the people living in nursing homes don’t have family or regular visitors, so spending an hour or two visiting and celebrating the holiday with nursing home residents can bring them happiness and joy and make them feel less lonely during the holiday season.
Merry Christmas from all of us here at AG Millworks!