As people across the globe prepare to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family, we wanted to share some ideas on how to give back to those who may not experience the holidays in the same ways many of us are afforded.
Volunteering to lend a hand at the holidays can truly be among the most rewarding gifts you can give or receive, and your actions will certainly brighten those you touch with kindness. Here are just a few suggestions.
1. Volunteer at a Food Bank
Help collect and organize incoming donations, keep inventory, prepare baskets, perhaps even help deliver meals to families in need. Search for food banks within your community.
2. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
Help prepare and serve holiday meals. Organize the kitchen, prep food stations, set-up the dining room, clean up between and after the meals. Search for soup kitchens in your area and ask friends or local churches if they know of any.
3. Simply Visit People In Need
Check with nursing homes and retirement communities for opportunities to visit with those who may lack local family. Find out if you are able to bring children and even dogs to help add extra cheer and share the experience with loved ones.
4. Help Deliver Meals
Programs like Meals on Wheels and local community-focused charities often need additional drivers and delivery help during the holidays, especially on Thanksgiving (U.S.) or Christmas Day. Check with local organizations to see how you can help.
5. Give Thanks to Veterans
Arrange to visit a Veteran’s hospital or community support organization where you can volunteer to interact and help veterans directly.
6. Support Our Troops
Arrange to send a care package to active troops who will benefit from your thoughtfulness as they are stationed away from their families.
7. Volunteer to Help Friends & Family
Planning to celebrate the holidays with someone who deserves a break? Volunteer to help with shopping, house cleaning, food prep, cooking or serving. Don’t take the sidelines or wait to be asked. Make your intentions clear and your kindness will shine through.
There are so many different ways to volunteer close to home, so let’s get out and #GetKind this holiday season!