The holiday season is a wonderful time of year filled with celebrations and gratitude. One of the best ways you can express your thankfulness is to give back this holiday season. There are many opportunities for people of all ages to give back, so we’ve compiled this list of possibilities to sift through to find the perfect way to give back this holiday season.
Tap Into Your Talent
There is always a way to give back while doing something you love; sometimes you may just have to get a little creative. Here are some suggested ways you can give back this holiday season, using your talents, hobbies and passions:
- Knitting. If you love to knit or crotchet, then try making scarves, blankets and hats for donation. Many organizations will collect these handmade items for distribution.
- Sewing. If you prefer needle and thread over needle and yarn, then get sewing! You can sew quilts and blankets that can be donated.
- Baking. You can always bake homemade goods to donate to different charitable organizations as a way to say thanks to those who give back all year-long. Want to step it up a notch? Organize a bake sale and donate all of the proceeds to a worthy cause.
- Creating. No matter what medium you prefer you can make original holiday cards to distribute to friends and family, but you don’t have to stop there; donate some original cards to brighten up strangers’ holidays as well.
- Performing. No matter what your performing arts passion is, you can use it to give back. If you like to sing, you can sing at a hospital or put on a concert and donate the proceeds. If dance is your thing, organize or join a charity holiday pageant or show. Like to act? There are plenty of opportunities to join a community production, but if none of them float your boat you can organize your own troupe to perform at a hospital.
Use Stuff You Already Own
- Holiday Cards. You can donate a box of unused greetings cards to many organizations, but did you know you can also recycle your used cards? You can find out more about St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s program here.
- Light Strings. You can donate working light strings and recycle broken strings; they are made of highly recyclable materials.
- Decorations. Many charities, such as The Salvation Army, will take your used decorations so long as they are in decent working condition.
Give “Good” Gifts
It is the season of giving after all; this year, try giving charitable gifts. You can make a donation in someone’s name, “adopt” an endangered animal or shop brands that pledge that a part of their sales goes to charity.
There are lots of ways to give back this holiday season, so don’t limit yourself to this list. Don’t forget that giving back should be fun and make you feel good, so be careful not to take on too many charitable projects at once. Happy holidays!