The holiday season is officially here but between the hustle and bustle of the impending new year, finding time to decorate the tree, do the shopping and attend all the holiday parties, it can be easy to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas. Giving back to members in your community is a great way to share the magic of the season. But if you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve come up with four great ideas..and you can do them from your home!
1.) Fill stockings for someone less fortunate
This time of year it’s easy to forget that some people go without. So, pick up a few inexpensive stockings and stuff them with items such as: travel bottles of toiletries, socks, candy bars, gloves, bottled water and any small items that you would love to receive. Don’t forget to drop them off at your nearest homeless shelter to spread a little holiday cheer!
2.) Host a holiday party with a food drive
If you’re already planning a fabulous holiday party, insist guests skip the hostess gift and bring a few canned items to give to the local food pantry. Or if you’re attending a few parties, mention the idea to the host or hostess. A little goes a long way, and a few cans of food can really help someone in need this holiday season.
3.) Donate old toys and clothes
It always feels good to deep clean and get rid of things you no longer need or want. But instead of throwing them away, donate gently worn clothing or toys your children no longer play with. You can drop them off at local women’s and men’s shelters or find a local toy drive near you.
4.) Treat your mail and package carriers
This time of year is arguably the hardest and most stressful for your local mail carriers, and with the boom in e-commerce, their workload has only increased. To make their day a little brighter, place a thank-you card or note in your mailbox or on your front door to thank them for all they do. Tape a candy cane or a pre-packaged sweet for a little something extra.
Surprise and delight all of those you encounter this holiday season with a little unexpected treat, and the reaction you receive may be the best gift of all. Tis the season of giving!