Christmas time is when you think about getting together with family and friends and celebrating the holiday. However, it’s also a time to think about ways to give back. Want to know why? Because: you, like many of us, have much to be grateful for. And when Christmas time is near, think about making a difference in the lives of others. Read on to discover ways to give back at Christmastime. The goodwill and cheer you spread could have a positive effect in more ways than one.
10 Ways to Give Back at Christmas Time
There’s nothing more rewarding than helping others or supporting a cause that’s near and dear to your heart. Here are ways to give back at Christmastime. Know this: the volunteer work that you do will be appreciated.
Bake Treats for Local Public Service Men and Women
Do you like to bake? If so, get out your bakeware and show off your baking skills. Whip up a batch of cookies, cupcakes, muffins, or other yummy goodies for EMTs, firefighters, police officers, and teachers. Let’s face it: public service men and women work hard in communities. Let them know how much you appreciate their services by dropping off delicious treats. Their Christmas celebration will be a little brighter because of you.
Most people are stressed out during the holidays because they’re busy rushing around and shopping for Christmas gifts. It’s easy to lose your cool and snap at people because you’re tired or stretched too thin. However, you can be kind to others. You may even compliment your friends and family on their Christmas decorations. Being kind doesn’t cost much and can make a world of difference!
Buy Items to Donate
At Christmas time, most schools, homeless shelters, and other non-profits collect items that will be distributed or used within the organizations. Check out the causes near and dear to your heart to see if they have a Wish List. Most times, you can buy items and have them shipped directly to organizations.
The easiest way to give back during Christmas time is to donate money to the causes you support. It’s simple to donate online, or you may consider dropping off your donation.
Give a Portion of Proceeds from Sales
Are you an entrepreneur? You could donate a portion of your sales to your favorite non-profit. Of course, you could also offer an incentive for customers. For example, if they donate a certain amount, let’s say $50, you could give them a coupon for 20% off their next purchase. Get creative, and give back to make it a wonderful Christmas time for someone in need.
Give a Gift to Your Mail or Newspaper Carrier
You may have often thought about what to tip at Christmastime. Think about this: your mail carrier and newspaper carrier deliver your packages and newspaper throughout the year. You could show your appreciation by getting your mail carrier and newspaper carrier holiday gifts. You can find plenty of gifts for men and gifts for women. However, you may feel more comfortable giving them a gift card. This way they can buy whatever they want.
Hold a Charity Event
If you’re organized and like to host parties, consider holding a holiday charity event. You can invite family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Ask everyone to bring a gift from a list or monetary donation. Once you’ve collected donations, you can drop them off at your favorite non-profit organization.
One of the simplest ways to give back during Christmastime is to smile. You know what they say: a smile is contagious. Plus, it doesn’t cost you anything. So the next time you’re shopping for holiday gifts, smile at everyone you meet.
Many non-profits ask for sponsorships during the holidays. You could sponsor a child, an animal at an animal shelter, or an event. If you own a business, not only will you feel good about donating, but you’ll get a little marketing and PR out of it, too. It’s a win-win situation!
During Christmas time, consider volunteering for community service projects. For example, you could volunteer at your local animal shelter by cleaning dog and cat cages or even helping out at an event. Perhaps you read stories to children who are stuck in hospitals during the holiday. Or maybe you deliver meals to those in need. Whatever you do, volunteer! It’s rewarding, and who knows, you may even make some new friends.
Give Back to Others and Make Their Christmas Brighter
Why is Christmas the season of giving? Because: it’s the time of the year when you reflect upon all the good that you have in your life. Now, naturally, things may not have always been perfect. But chances are you’re doing better than most. And that’s something you can be grateful for. So use our ways to give during Christmastime and give back as much as you can. Even if you volunteer for one hour on a Saturday at a women’s shelter or join a group of Christmas carolers who sing at your community center, you will have made a difference.
Finally, we invite you to share what you can this season through our annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. IMPROVEMENTS Cares is at the heart of everything we do and we are proud to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® so that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Please consider donating today!
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