18 Ways to Giveback To Your Community This Holiday Season
The holiday seasons are here so I put together a little list of 18 ways and places to spread love and cheer in your community.
1. One of the many hats I’ve worn in my life was (volunteer) president of the Family Readiness Group for my husband’s National Guard unit. Most of the FRGs try to do a Christmas dinner for the soldiers and their families on little to no budget. They are dependent on donations and fundraising. For Christmas dinners, we needed help with the food, drinks, serving. Some do small gifts from Santa for the kids. You can contact your local unit to find out who the FRG leader is if you don’t already know as well as ways you can help
2. The VA has a wing for homeless veterans. In times past, I’ve sent items such as coffee straight from Amazon to our local one. You could call yours and see what kind of donations they would accept to spread some hope this holiday season. It is estimated that 22 veterans a day commit suicide. We often do not realize how big of an impact something like this could potentially make.
3. Your local nursing home is another great place to spread some cheer. If it is nothing more than passing out Christmas cards or “adopting” one of the people there to go spend some time with during the holiday season, it will certainly be appreciated. Also, there are veterans in many nursing homes that would love to know they are still appreciated for their sacrifices. So many end up in nursing and retirement homes and never have visitors so this would be awesome. They would enjoy cards and crafts made by the kids and having you just come to sit with them for a bit and visit.
4. So many of us travel during the holidays and pass through areas where there are homeless. It is a great idea to keep ziplock bags in your car with blankets, hats, gloves, crackers, bibles, etc. to pass out to them.
5. Find out if there are any families that could use a helping hand with the groceries for their meals this year and put a box together for them. You would be surprised at just how much of a difference that could make for a mom or dad or grandparent to be able to provide a nice meal for their family.
6. Get churches or businesses in your area together to cook and feed the homeless and/or hungry in your area.
7. Check with your local pregnancy center to see what needs they have and/or raise funds or gather items such as diapers and wipes to donate to them.
8. Teachers do classroom parties and either use their own funds to buy food and decor or hope parents will bring an item (many of which don’t or can’t). You could call your child’s school and see what they would need that you could help with. Another neat thing would be to purchase books for each child in the class.
9. Collect new/like-new coats, hats, gloves to take to your local schools and drop off for them to pass out to students who need them.
10. Go Christmas caroling. It is amazing to me how many people have never done this or have never had carolers come through their neighborhood.
11. Do breakfast with Santa at your church.
12. Get the kids involved. Have them pick an activity or come up with one completely different from this list that is centered around helping others in your community.
13. Drop off bottled water or sweet treats to your local Fire Department or Police Department.
14. Read to students in a classroom or at a hospital.
15. Volunteer to help decorate local businesses or a mama that just needs a little extra help.
16. Host a wrapping party with some of your mama friends. You will all appreciate the help and laughs.
17. Call your local children’s homes or women’s shelter to see if they have any needs you might help meet.
18. Find a community service project such as cleaning up trash or a neighbor that needs a helping hand painting their house or cleaning.