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8 Ways to Give Back This Christmas Season

8 Ways to Give Back This Christmas Season

The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to your community! Volunteering and philanthropy work is something I have always enjoyed participating in. Before college, I volunteered for a local organization that taught children and adults with physical and mental disabilities how to ice skate. In college, I found myself completing tons of service hours with the skating team and my sorority, and now as an adult, I work for a company that implements a Random Acts of Kindness program year round. So today, for the fifth day of blogmas (I’m struggling, but I am doing it!), I bring you eight ways to give back this Christmas season!

Donate useful items to a local animal shelter

Walmart sells these fleece blankets for just $2.50 each, and shelters and rescues love them! You can also donate bleach for cleaning cages, a new dog bed, and some dog and cat food to your local Humane Society. Every little bit helps them to save more lovable, furry lives every day. Consider a small donation to your local rescue or humane society this holiday season to help the 4-legged members of our population.

8 Ways to Give Back This Christmas Season

Donate useful items to a local homeless shelter

These blankets are also valuable donations to homeless shelters during the holiday season! Most of the time, people who are homeless are not able to stay at the shelter during the day, putting them out on the streets. They can use these blankets to stay warm throughout the winter season. You can also donate can goods, toiletries, and other useful products.

Donate old winter coats and clothes

You don’t always have to buy items to donate. There is a local dry cleaning business in my hometown that runs a Coats For Christmas program every year, and you can donate used winter coats for those less fortunate. There is also a national charity called One Warm Coat where you can donate your coats. These are great programs because many families suffering in poverty or homelessness need warm winter coats and clothes for all members of their families. This year I donated an old Hollister coat I no longer wear, but is still in good condition. They need these winter coats to help them stay warm during the fridged winter months and it makes me feel awesome knowing I can help someone stay warm this winter. You can also clean out your closet to donate used clothes you no longer wear or need. Every little bit helps!

Make Christmas cards for soldiers overseas

Nothing spreads Christmas cheer like a handmade Christmas card, especially from a stranger. Many churches and other organizations have programs to send items to soldiers, and some include holiday cards. Check with your local churches and military organizations to see if they participate in this type of program.

Put your talents to use at a local children’s hospital or nursing home

If you have a particular talent that you could share with others, now would be a great time to do so! This holiday season you can volunteer at a local children’s hospital or nursing home playing the piano, or knitting hats and scarves with the elderly or bedridden. Children and elderly really enjoy when you spend time with them when they are stuck in the same place all year round. And sharing your talents with them for entertainment or to learn a new hobby is always a good time for them!

Volunteer at a soup kitchen

Soup kitchens like the Salvation Army always need volunteers during the holiday season. Much of the time, shelters and soup kitchens see a larger number of people during the holiday and winter months, which means they also need more volunteers!

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Make tie blankets for children

Project Linus provides blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Tie blankets are so easy and affordable, so you can make one and donate it to your local Project Linus chapter. And to make it even more fun, have a blanket making party with all of your friends! The skating team got together last year to make blankets for Project Linus and it was so much fun!

Shovel snow for your neighbor

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but shoveling snow off the driveway and sidewalks for your neighbor is an easy act of kindness that they will really appreciate!

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9 Comments

  • Reply Tianna

    wonderful ideas! I love this post 😀 thanks for sharing!

    December 6, 2016 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Arien Smith

    This is such a kind and actionable post! I love how easy it is to locate an activity I’m drawn towards and how you explain its benefits, as well as ways to make it fun.

    December 21, 2016 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Amy & Tots

    Lovely idea, I always take all the outgrown toys we have to the children’s hospital at Christmas time. X

    December 21, 2016 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Suz

    This will be the first year I don’t volunteer my time at a soup kitchen in the days leading up to Christmas (due to travel). I’m really saddened by it, so I plan to volunteer in January once we’re home! Thanks for even more ideas to give back!

    December 21, 2016 at 10:04 am
    • Reply Kasually Katie

      I’m having the same issue this year because of traveling. I like how some of these are easy ways to give back even if you don’t have a lot of extra time around the holidays.

      December 21, 2016 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Matt

    Great post about remembering what the season is all about!!

    December 21, 2016 at 11:36 am
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