Getting involved with your community is one of the greatest feelings in the world as it brings people together. Finding different ways to help is where often people struggle as time to volunteer isn’t always something they can schedule outside of work, kids, recreational activities, chores, etc. During this holiday season, there are a variety of ways that you and your family and friends can engage with your community and help someone in need.
Bringing dry food cans or cases of water to a nearby food bank or shelter can impact individuals who may be struggling with food insecurity. Giving as much as you can contribute is one step towards helping someone and can go a long way. A few great examples of what to bring are:
- Canned vegetables
- Canned soup
- Canned beans
- Peanut Butter
Some of the most common food banks or nonprofits to donate canned goods are going to be Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and American Red Cross. Check in your community to see what is closest to you to drop off and give back this season.
Kids all over the world deserve to be able to open up a new toy during the holiday season. Toys for Tots is a great organization (out of many nonprofits) that provides opportunities for individuals to bring new, unwrapped toys to give back to kids in need. From donating toys to funds to go out and get new toys, it’s a great way to give back during the holidays.
Toys that are great to donate:
- Stuffed animals
- Puzzles & Books
- Race cars
- Art supplies & Coloring Books
Drop off locations for these toy drives can be found all over your community whether that is business offices, nonprofits, grocery stores, etc. Find a location near you that can help make it easy to donate a toy or two today!
Essential items are always a need when it comes down to shelters in your local community as this can range for all ages from babies, kids, and to adults. A great way to give back to these individuals and families is by giving them items ranging from clothes and shoes, laundry detergent and toiletries; blankets along with warm linens; and baby essentials like diapers to get by to survive. Volunteering and finding additional ways to help can be found by reaching out to a shelter near you. Nothing goes unnoticed and you’ll be appreciated for your help.
Animal shelters are always looking for essential needs for furry friends that are waiting for their furever homes.
The essentials that animal shelters are always looking for are:
- Dog & Cat Food
- Treats & Toys
- Gently used pet blankets & beds
- Kitty Litter
- Laundry detergent and towels
As much as essentials are always appreciated, volunteering or helping find these loving friends their next home is a great way to give back. Fostering is also another great option to help show these furry friends the love they deserve and make them a part of this holiday season. If you or your friends and family are animal lovers, this is a great opportunity for you.
There are many great ways to give back to our communities, especially during the holidays as we bring our family and friends together, so take advantage of this time to learn how you can help make a difference in your community today. Big or small, anything we can do to help one another is appreciated.