Christmas time – it’s the season of rejoicing in the company of friends and family, but let’s not forget the most important part -presents! Everyone loves to give (and receive) gifts because of the thought that goes behind each present and the way a person’s face lights up as they tear away wrapping paper.
While it’s always nice getting a pair of light-up socks or tickets to your favorite singer’s concert, but it’s equally important to take a step back and reflect upon how some people don’t have the same luxuries as we do. Many families are unable to celebrate Christmas because they simply can’t afford it, making this time of year especially hard for the children. The holiday season is wonderful, but it’s very easy for the true meaning of Christmas to get lost in the middle of all the festivities.
Here are some ways you can give back to your community and help those that are in need:
- Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food bank, as they offer many food drives during the holiday season. A hot, prepared meal goes a long way for families in need, especially during the winter time.
- Visit a homeless shelter and donate essential items (blankets, warm clothes, socks, etc.) Socks are the most important clothing piece during the winter months due to the cold and risk of foot disease, but they are the least donated item to shelters.
- If you and your family don’t have time to volunteer, but still want to contribute to the community, consider donating new toys. Children in low-income families during the Christmas season struggle the most because they can’t enjoy having brand new toys like some of their fellow classmates. Many retail stores and even smaller businesses have a donation box, so swing by and drop off toys, whether it be one or many. Your small action can mean a lot for a child who does not have much.
- Nursing homes are looking for volunteers at this particular time of year to enjoy the company of the elderly. You can sit down and spend time with the older community or join a caroling group to sing for them.
These are just a few examples of some generous things you can do during the holiday season. Small actions like helping the elderly from across the street and sparing a dollar for a homeless person can go a long way in the grand scheme of things. Take some time this Christmas to spread the holiday cheer!