Thursday, November 20, 2014

How To Give Back This Holiday Season

I've been sick for the past few days so I've had a lot of time to think. The holidays are my favorite time of the year. I love the food, cold weather, holiday parties, family gatherings, and presents. But what I really enjoy the most is looking back and being grateful for all that I have. Other than having this cold/flu, I am in good health, have a loving husband, great friends, a job I love, and two wonderful dogs that make me smile every day. 

So these past two days I've been thinking of ways to give back during the holidays. Here are some ways to help others: 

  • CLEAN YOUR CLOSET: Go through your closet and start a donation pile. Rule of thumb...if you haven't worn a piece of clothing for over a year then you probably won't miss it. Head on out to your local homeless shelter/women's shelter or Salvation Army and donate your extra clothes.
  • TOYS FOR TOTSToys for Tots has collection centers across the country.  You can drop off new, unwrapped presents for children that may not have opened any holiday gifts otherwise. I am doing a Jingle Bell Run in December that has a drop off station. Just think of how you can brighten a child's day by receiving a toy.
  • CLEAN YOUR PANTRY: I like going through my pantry and cleaning it out during the holidays. It's a great way to give families the ability to have a good meal during the holidays. You can drop off canned foods at your local food bank and help families in need. A great resource to find your local food bank is Feeding America.
  • HOLIDAY CHEER FOR OUR MILITARY: Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes program is a great way to show your support to our military during the holidays. Never under estimate how much a heartfelt card can brighten someone's day. We have great men and women putting their lives on the line for us while they are away from their loved ones. 
  • SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS: Sometimes it's the little things that show how much you care. Make dinner for friends having a difficult time, offer to pay someone else's coffee at Starbucks, volunteer at a homeless shelter, spend time at a senior citizen home, etc. Generosity and kindness don’t always require grand gestures.
Of course you don't have to wait for the holidays to give back. Non-holidays are when shelters need volunteers the most. It is important to help out throughout the year. But this holiday season how about you start off with doing something nice for others. Be grateful for all that you have because there is always someone out there who has it worst.

This post I linked up with Amanda from Running with Spoons.

Do you give back during the holidays?

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  1. That's a great idea for a post. I love the Toys for Tots charity. Heart warming!

    1. Thank you! At work we are also hosting a family for Xmas.