The holidays are right around the corner and what better way to spread holiday cheer than to volunteer! Fall sports are starting to wind down with the winter rolling in, big projects at work are wrapping up, and schedules start to open up for new activities to fill in. The holidays are the perfect time to sign the family up for a volunteer day to share some of your good wealth.
4 Tips for Giving during the Holiday Season:
- Helping out in your community- The joy of winter means cold weather and most likely a good amount of snow. Show someone you care by offering to shovel their driveway or sidewalk. Or, invite your neighbors over for a warm meal and not only share a meal, but share conversation.
- Serve from home- With all of the do-it-yourself projects out there, there’s plenty of ways to get creative in your home! Organize a volunteer group to create holiday bags for a local shelter or senior living community or even your neighborhood.
- Visit a local animal shelter- Animals need attention during the holidays as well. Colder weather makes it harder to take animals outside to play; why not visit your local animal shelter and offer to donate your time playing with animals or helping out around the office? If you have the resources, consider fostering an animal in need.
- Give back to veterans and military families- If you know a family, offer to bring over a meal or snacks over the weekend. Offer to give the family a break and carpool to school or invite the family over for some fun at your house.
Places like the Salvation Army, local homeless shelters, and the American Red Cross are always searching for help around the holidays and year round. Never volunteered before? Try one of the 4 ways above and go from there! All it takes is one small act of kindness to change someone’s day!
Other ways you can do good and initiate a great family tradition is to let the kids choose an angel from a giving tree, donate to your local coats for kids, or work in a soup kitchen. There are many ways to do good during the season. Share with us how your family spreads joy to others, comment below and tell us your family traditions during the season of giving.