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7 Best Ways to Make a Local Impact This Holiday Season
With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is in full swing. It’s time to unpack the decorations, bust out your ugly sweater, and, of course, give back to the community. As you start checking off the items on your list for loved ones, remember to count your blessings and be thankful for everything you have. More importantly, don’t forget that a small gesture can go a long way in the lives of those who are less fortunate.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to embrace the season of giving and make a local impact:
Host a Giving Party
A holiday party with family and friends is always a fun time. Instead of getting gifts for each other this year, have everyone bring gifts to donate to their favorite local charity. You can do some good and encourage others to do the same. What’s better than quality time with the people who matter most while making a positive impact?
Sponsor a Family
Not everyone can afford to get gifts for their children this time of year. On the plus side, that’s an opportunity for you to save someone’s holiday season by sponsoring a family in your community and getting a few presents for the kids. If there isn’t a charity to connect you with a family in your area, try contacting a local school or place of worship. You can easily make your gift more special by keeping it anonymous too!
Donate Your Old Clothes
Chances are, you and your kids are getting some new duds this holiday season. Well, what better way to make room in your closet than giving away your old clothes? Donate a jacket to a coat drive or local shelter and it’s sure to have a much appreciated second life.
Give to a Shelter
It doesn’t take a grand contribution to be a hero, and there are plenty of ways you can spread the holiday cheer by giving to a shelter. Bake fresh cookies or donate a warm pair of socks and a few cans of food. That’s all it takes to make a huge difference.
Giving a little bit of your time is all it takes to pay it forward. You can help package items at a foodbank, visit the elderly at an assisted living home, or volunteer at an after-school program for disadvantaged children. There are endless opportunities – find the one that makes you most excited and get involved.
Ask Someone If They Need Help
Most people don’t want to ask for help, but if you take the time to ask chances are they’ll be grateful. Whether it’s shoveling snow for an elderly couple or helping the family down the street bring home a Christmas tree, an unexpected act of kindness can be the most rewarding. It’s often the little things that get overlooked but are the most appreciated.
Contribute to a Worthy Charity
If you don’t have time to volunteer or pick up a few items to donate, making a contribution of any amount is just as good. Be sure to do a little research to find a cause you believe in and an organization that will make the most of your donation. If you’re looking for ideas, check out our list of worthy charities.
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