Make A Difference This Holiday Season
The Holiday Season can get so rushed and busy. Do you want to slow down and maybe share your gifts with others? How about getting the kids to focus on others instead of thinking about a huge gift list? There are many simple ways to get the whole family involved in making a difference in the lives of others. Here are just a few ideas to get you started down the path of giving.
1. Adopt A Family. Not sure where to look? Many churches have families to adopt. Even if you don’t belong to a specific church, you can call and ask if they do have a way you can help out a family. There also may be a giving tree, where you can select a boy/girl and the age of the children. These usually have specific gift requests, and it is great to match up your child with a needy child their age. This is a terrific way to get your children excited about shopping for someone else and the general spirit of giving. If you do have children, their school may also have a couple of families they would like to help. If you don’t have the means to adopt a whole family, there are usually opportunities to buy a gift or donate food towards a holiday meal. No school-age kids? Call the schools near you and just ask if they have an organized program to help those in need.
2. Start a food drive. If you have a local food pantry, contact them and ask what items they really need for families during the holidays. Even younger children can help get food donations and deliver the food. It is important for kids to feel that they are doing something good, and it is a great family activity. Let the neighborhood know what you are doing, and pick a night to take donations in your driveway. This could be a great event on your street and with a few candy canes and some hot chocolate, you can have fun at the same time.
3. Help our furry friends. Sign up to volunteer with the animal shelter. The shelters usually have an age minimum to volunteer, but they also have supply needs. You can organize a donation drive for the animals. Most shelters need food, treats and toys, but they often can use blankets, paper towels, and even office supplies. Setup a time to deliver the donations and maybe say hello to some of the cute animals, too!
4. Sometimes you don’t need to look further than next door. If you have elderly neighbors, bake some cookies or treats with the family, and then deliver them in person. Have the kids do something nice for a neighbor, like raking leaves or shoveling snow. Even offering to walk the dog could be a big help.
Whether big or small, giving is so important, and especially needed during the holidays. Bring your family together and teach the little ones that it truly is better to give than to receive. Giving from the heart will brighten the day of others and bring a smile to all.
How will you be making a difference this holiday season?