5 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays


Not everyone needs the latest tech or a lavish gift; sometimes the perfect present is the gift of giving, itself. Why not try one of these ideas with your family, and teach your children what true holiday spirit entails.

  1. Volunteer – Check your local shelters or food banks for opportunities to help prepare dry food packages or sort clothing. This is a big help to charities who are swamped this time of year.  Check out these resources for information regarding a volunteer opportunity near you — United States: www.voa.org    Canada: www.volunteer.ca
  1. Donate – Many organizations collect gently used hats, gloves, scarves and coats over the holidays.
  1. Adopt a Family – Holiday angel or family adoption programs allow families a chance to be sponsored for a meal or a gift wish list.
  1. Host a Food Drive –  Set up a drive for your family and friends, and encourage that guests bring an item of food instead of a hostess gift or treats for the kids.
  1. Errands for the Elderly – If you live in a northern city, why not offer to shovel or de-ice the driveway or path of an elderly neighbor? If you live in a southern city (lucky you) you offer to fulfill shopping lists, wrap gifts or mail letters.

What does your family do to give back during the holidays?


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