It’s one of the favorite times of year for many people. As the holidays get closer, children are getting excited, families are making plans and friends are getting together for celebrations. Unfortunately, not everyone will enjoy a holiday break or even have anyone to spend their days with.
While many people have the best of intention, it is easy to get caught up in the “me” of the holiday season. What will you receive? What will you give? It’s very easy to forget about others outside of your immediate circle when you get a touch of the holiday spirit. On that note, it is quite easy to help others as the holiday approaches and spread a bit of cheer. Here are 10 easy ways that you can give to others this season without having to spend a lot of money.
If you make cookies or cakes this holiday season, why not make a few extra, box them and deliver them to local police and fire stations, hospitals or nursing homes? Some of these people will not be able to spend the holidays with loved ones. Instead, they will be working to serve their communities. Dropping off a little treat is a great way to acknowledge their services.
Giving trees can be found at a variety of locations throughout the holiday season. You may find a tree at your local mall, bank or even clinic. Pick a name off the tree and put a gift together as a family.
Grab a group of friends and family and adopt a local nursing home. You can put gift bags together or make things like scarves, quilts and hats. Arrange a time to deliver the gifts with staff members. Alternatively, you can speak to staff ahead of time and ask what residents may need. Each person in your group could buy a small gift to deliver.
We all have someone in our lives who is elderly or alone. These people may find it difficult to get through the holiday season. Make a meal and deliver it. It could be to a neighbor, a family member or a friend in need.
If you have children, volunteer to read a holiday story to their class. In fact, you could volunteer to read any type of story. Little ones love being read to, and most teachers openly welcome parent volunteers into their classrooms.
Pick a day of service inside your own home, and encourage your children to do the same. You may want to take the trash out for your spouse, do the dishes or even fix that squeaky staircase that has been driving everyone crazy. Whatever you decide to do, make it something that is a bit out of the ordinary and will help another member of your family.
Teach your children to make eye contact and smile. If someone holds a door open, say thank you. If someone has a nice outfit or shoes, give them a compliment. These are simple, little things that can brighten someone’s day.
Go to the grocery store as a family and buy nonperishable food items for the local food pantry. If you have any pet food pantries in your area, do the same. These pantries are often hit particularly hard during the holiday season and will need extra supplies in order to serve everyone in need.
When is the last time you went through your closets? Do it now and donate any unused clothing and coats to a local shelter. If there are no shelters in your area, you can donate items to the Red Cross, Goodwill or Salvation Army.
You know what your family and friends need and where they struggle. Maybe you can volunteer to babysit little ones so parents can have a date night. Perhaps you can grab a rake and clean up someone’s yard. Gifts don’t always have to be shiny and expensive.
Giving during the holiday season is something that not enough people do. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and forget about others. Use the tips above and get involved in your community. Nothing you do has to be splashy or extravagant. It is often the little things that are most appreciated.
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