6 Charitable Ideas for the Holiday Season

Dec 17, 2014 by

You donate to the bell ringers in front of the grocery store. You send off a few extra dollars to your favorite charity. But what if you want to do more this holiday season? What if you really want to make a difference in your community? Here are just six ways to give back this Christmas.

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1. Start a Toy Drive

You don’t need any special qualifications to run a toy drive. Just collect as many dolls, balls and board games as you can, and then take the entire lot to your nearest homeless shelter or soup kitchen. There are always kids there who will appreciate them.

2. Sponsor a Family In Need

There are many families out there who don’t have enough money to make Christmas a magical time for their children. With your help, they can decorate a tree, string up some lights and put tasty cookies on the table.

3. Visit Senior Citizens

According to reports, more than 50 percent of nursing home residents never receive a single visitor. Bring a little joy to their holiday by sitting with them, reading to them or even playing a few games of bingo together.

4. Bring Awareness to a Cause

If you’re really feeling generous, tell your friends and family not to give you any Christmas presents this year. Instead, ask them to donate to a charity like the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO). Companies like PALMco are already doing it, so why not everyone else?

5. Deliver a Meal

No one wants to work on Christmas, not even volunteers with organizations like Meals on Wheels. Offer your own time to give these everyday angels a break. You might be surprised by how fulfilling it is.

6. Help the Veterans

They served their country, but most people are so wrapped up in their own holiday plans that they forget all about the veterans. Contact your local VA to see how you can make sure they’re remembered even on the busiest day of the year.

‘Tis the season of giving, and these are just six ways that you can embrace the holiday spirit and bring a smile to someone’s face this Christmas. Remember, the day is shared by everyone. It doesn’t matter if they’re young, old, sick or poor. Everyone wakes up on Christmas morning with the same sense of excitement, and everyone deserves a little happiness on this special day.

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