5 Ways You Can Give Back This Holiday Season

You don’t have to be a billionaire philanthropist to make the world a better place. Here are 5 simple things anyone can do to help out this holiday season.


1. Serve A Holiday Meal

Most soup kitchens and shelters serve special holiday meals to hundreds of people. Carve out a few hours of your family’s day to wash dishes, ladle gravy, or welcome folks in from the cold with a warm smile and hot drink.


2. Double The Recipe

By the same token, if you’re famous for your brownies, now’s the time to spread the joy around. Host a charity bake sale, or just offer a little home-baked comfort to those in need. We recommend skipping the nuts to ensure your goodies will be welcome in a wider variety of places.


3. Beyond Canned Food

Most donations to soup kitchens and homeless shelters are food-oriented, but there’s a lot more they need. The most sought-after items are often not edible at all, but toiletries like shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, and toilet paper. Check in to find out what the centers near you could really use.

4. Help A Neighbor

One way to give back is by helping your fellow neighbor. They may need help getting groceries, mowing their lawns, or even getting to their doctor’s appointments. If you’re unsure where to start, you can make a posting in your local Facebook groups and offer your support, such as offering to pick up groceries or walk their dog. And even better, you can get your little ones to help too! This will teach your child the importance of helping others and how it can uplift someone’s spirit.


5. Support Local

COVID-19 has impacted small businesses more than imaginable. When you are thinking about shopping for your loved ones during this holiday season, try shopping locally. Shopping local will not only help small businesses continue to thrive, but it will also make a memorable, one of a kind gift for your loved one. Another way to support local businesses is by sharing their work on your social media or buying gift cards.