If you are looking to make a difference in your community during the holiday season, there are many ways for you to do that. You might use your skills to help out an organization or reach out to a neighbor in need. You can find something to do that will make a big difference and help you feel good.
1. Purchase Bulk Health and Beauty Items for a Shelter
The shelters that look out for the vulnerable are always in need of items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste and shampoo. You can make a big difference for a local shelter when you purchase these items in bulk and donate them. Your local shelter wants to be able to provide each person who visits it with the items that they need to take care of their body. You can help them with that through your donations.
2. Pick Out Gifts for Children
If you enjoy shopping, you might see if there is an organization in your community that is collecting toys for children. There are some charitable organizations that gather gifts for children in hospitals or children who are going through the holiday season while missing a parent for one reason or another. Reach out to local organizations and see what types of gifts they are looking to have purchased for the children that they are helping. Volunteer to shop for a single gift or a whole collection of them. If you have children, you might consider getting them involved as you shop.
3. Help the Local Food Bank Stay Organized
There are a lot of people who rely on food banks to get through the week and keep their families fed. You might see if your local food bank needs someone to help it stay stocked and well organized. Whether or not you want to purchase items for your food bank, you can help it keep going by donating some of your time and working at it. You might see if a group of your friends would like to get together to visit a food bank with one another and see what kind of work you can get done through a couple of donated hours of your time.
4. Set Up a Group to Visit the Elderly
The elderly can be overlooked during the holidays, especially if they are not living close to their families. You can visit those who are overlooked and make sure that they know that people care about them. If you are a parent, you might reach out to the parents of some of your children’s friends and see if they would be up for reaching out with you and touching the hearts of the elderly in your community. If you are a member of a religious organization, you might see if there are people who are part of that organization who would be interested in going to area assisted living homes with you. You can bring cheer to those who are lonely just by visiting them and talking with them.
There are ways that you can reach out and make your community a better place during the holiday season. When you give your time, you will feel good about the impact that you make.