Somewhere along the way, we lost the true meaning of the holidays. Remember, it’s all about giving and not receiving? Many people mistake the giving part as needing to give a lot of gifts and end up in debt as a result. What you should be doing is giving to those in true need. Here are a few ideas to help you give back and feel the true meaning of the holidays this year.
There are all sorts of charities you can donate to. You can donate to food shelters or the Salvation Army. You can even donate a winter jacket for those that cannot afford one or even donate a toy for a kid.
I know at the grocery store where I shop, there is a bin for Toys For Tots. There is also a food drive run by the Boy Scouts and another one by a local radio station. There are places to donate everywhere, you just have to keep an eye out for them.
If for some reason you can’t find a place to donate something, you can definitely donate money too. You can even donate your time.
Donating your time means you volunteer. Many charities need extra help this time of year mostly because they have gifts or food that needs to be delivered to the recipient. In the case of food, the charity might even need help in the preparation of the food. Don’t assume that you wouldn’t be needed at a charity. There is always something to do and help that is needed.
You could even go one step further and simply visit a hospital or nursing home for a few hours a week. No one wants to be in the hospital, but even more so around the holidays. They would rather be at home, enjoying decorating, the lights, etc.
Likewise, in a nursing home you might find some people whose family can’t come to visit or they recent lost a loved one. Just spending time with them will mean the world to them. You might even be able to find people to spend time with at your local church too.
Help Those In Need
In addition to charities, you can adopt a child or a family for the holidays. There are charities that serve families in need. They need your help so that they have gifts to open this holiday season. In most cases, there is a small list of desired items that you can pick up and help the family out.
At a previous employer, I adopted a family every year. They needed basic clothes for their kids, so I bought them jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts and a jacket. I never met them or saw the look on their faces on Christmas morning, but I know that they were appreciative of what I did.
The holidays are all about remembering to give back, or in simpler terms, to be human and care about those that are less fortunate that you. Take the initiative this year and find a way to help out and give back to your community. As I’ve pointed out, there are all sorts of ways to give back: with your time, your money or your skills. Everyone can use the help and you might just be the person to make someone’s year this holiday season.