Season of Giving: Ways to Benefit Your Local Community

January 15, 2020

The season of giving is upon us! The holidays have a way of putting our many blessings into perspective. Many of us will feel encouraged to give back to our community by helping those less fortunate this season. There are many ways to benefit your local community, and you can start by finding an organization with a cause that’s close to your heart. Whether you make a monetary donation or share your time through service, your generosity will make a difference. 

Here are some ideas of ways you can benefit your local community this season.

Donate to a children’s organization 

Spread hope to a child in need. Many organizations are accepting donations and support to provide gifts and warm clothing to local children this holiday season. You can teach your family a valuable lesson about empathy and generosity by shopping for a less fortunate child this Christmas. 

Reach out to a local children’s organization or ask your friends how you can get involved. You can make a difference in the life of a child in your area that may go without gifts, food, or warm clothing this season without the support of volunteers like you. 

Volunteer at a homeless shelter or food bank 

There are countless opportunities to volunteer at your local shelters and food banks, especially during the holidays. You can volunteer alone, bring your family, or organize a volunteering event through your work or school. Spend time and show kindness to those that are hurting this season. Your time, positivity, and generosity will make such an impact on the organization you are supporting. 

Where do you feel called to serve? Search for different shelters and food banks in your community to find the various ways you can benefit these non-profits this season. 

Spend time at an animal shelter 

If you have a heart for furry, four-legged friends, then add “supporting your local animal shelter” to your schedule! Many shelters will need volunteers to tend to all of the animals and are always accepting donations. Share on your social media and reach out to friends and family to encourage them to donate dog or cat food and supplies to their local animal shelter this season. 

Give your local animal shelter a call or visit their website to see if they have special donation requests or ongoing drives that you can support. Make a difference and do your part to ensure more tails are wagging this season!  

Lend a helping hand 

There are countless ways you can benefit your local community without going through an organization. Can you think of anyone from your area, work, or church that could use some support this season? There are plenty if you stop to think about it! Any way that you’re able to support them could make such an impact on their lives, just from a simple act of generosity. 

If you know a single mom or an elderly couple, take the time to clear their driveway or walkway. Send holiday cards to a local retirement center. Leave an anonymous gift to someone going through a challenging time. It’s these small acts of service that can mean so much to people in your community. 

This season, we hope you choose to share holiday cheer with your friends and neighbors in the community. Whether you can give a lot or a little, the most important thing is that you are doing what you can. Giving back to the community that has been your home is a great way to share your blessings. It’s the season of giving, but you’ll find that you get so much more than you give when you are helping those around you.