For some, the holiday season is a time full of celebration, festivities, and spending time with loved ones, but for others, the holidays can be a painful reminder of loss. While we should always be thankful of what we have and seek to better the world with our actions, it is especially important to give back during the holidays. Monetary donations or anonymous good deeds, any action of genuine charity can change someone's life for the better.
Volunteering your time during the holidays is a great way to give back to those in need. Soup kitchens, hospitals, even running errands for those that cannot, all impact someone's life in one way or another. Check with your favorite local charities or organizations to see about volunteer times and guidelines.
Tip your Waiters Generously
This may seem like something simple, but leaving your waiter or waitress a hefty tip on your next outing can make a huge difference in their holidays as well as incline them to pass on seasonal generosity onto someone else.
Adopt A Family
It is very likely that your family has been blessed with good fortune this holiday season, but some families have not been so lucky this year. Sponsoring a family's Christmas is an awesome way to change someone else's life for the better. You can help provide a needy family with things like food, presents, and clothes to help brighten their holiday experience. Contact your local Salvation Army and ask about holiday family sponsorships for more information.
Take Toys to a Children's Hospital
Often times, the children residing in long-term care wards in children's hospitals are forced to forgo Christmas parents due to financial stress. Being able to present children with awesome toys and presents to get them in the spirit of the holidays and fill them with hope is a great way to give back.
Make a Charitable Donation
If time is not on your side and you don't have a few hours to spare to volunteer or physically drop off donations, think about giving a monetary donation to one, or a few, of your favorite charities. Charities that feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and even help needy families pay their electricity bills during the winter are always looking for donations during the holidays.
Visit a Nursing Home
Nursing homes tend to foster feelings of sadness and loneliness during the holidays. Senior citizens who are isolated or far away from their loved ones have a hard time during the holiday season. Try visiting a local nursing home with a few friends, some freshly baked goodies, and a few homemade cards.
Adopt or Foster an Animal
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Aside from volunteering or donating to a local shelter, adopting a pet may be the best thing you can do to help. If you don't have the time, money, or space to take in a pet long-term, talk to a local animal shelter about fostering one or a few for a short time.