Unique Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

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The holiday season is crazy busy for us all, with shopping lists and events that seem to never end. But we thought we’d take a quick break from holiday gift guides to give y’all another kind of guide- a guide on how to give back this holiday season. Please let us know your favorite ways to give back in the comments below, and make sure to remember the reason for this season! 

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 Photo Credit: Samaritan’s Purse

Operation Christmas Child

Samaritan’s Purse sponsors this drive, which is aimed to bring gifts to children across the world during this season. For more detailed instructions on how to participate click here. Essentially it’s just about packing a shoebox with toys and a small monetary donation to cover shipping costs. (This is also a great activity to do with your kids, since they’ll have a better idea of what toys will be most popular!)

Leave a Note on Your Tip

It might sound strange, but this is something I swear by year-round (and especially during the holiday season)! Instead of just filling out your receipt, leaving just a small note of kindness or encouragement can bring a huge amount of joy to waiters/waitresses. They are probably already overwhelmed by the holiday rush.

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Photo Credit: Soldiers Angels

Write Letters to Troops

When you’re writing a letter to Santa, why not go ahead and send our troops one too? Soldiers Angels’ sponsors a pen pal organization, so that all of our deployed troops will be able to receive a letter from someone back at home. Click here to get involved.

Shop Small

Typically, the holiday season is marked by lengthening Christmas lists. And while it can be overwhelming to figure out your plan-of-attack during these shopping trips, going to small businesses is a great way to give back to your community. And check out Independent We Stand to find small businesses in your own backyard!

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Photo credit: Houstonian Magazine

Food Bank

One of the most prominent needs during the holiday season is food donations. You can donate food, home supplies and kitchen supplies at your local food bank to help feed those less fortunate. Donating your time at your local food bank will also help these facilities organize their supplies, as well as take the burden off their employees. Click here to find the food bank closest to you.

Volunteer at a Marathon

If you live near any major city hosting a holiday run, volunteering at the event is a great way to give back without having to do the actual running. J Helping set up, facilitate and clean up these races is truly imperative to their fundraising aspects. A good list of these races can be found here, as well as information for volunteers.

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Pet a Pooch

If you’re an animal person, you probably have heard of the VolunteerMatch program at Petsmart and other businesses. This allows anyone to fill out a small form to find out about events closest to them, including opportunities to play with dogs and cats up for adoption.

Pay it Forward

This motion has become popular at Starbucks, but can be done anywhere to treat your drive-thru neighbors to a free treat. Just tell your barista or waiter/waitress that you want to pay for the person behind you, and watch a smile come to their face instantly.

This is SheShe……this just happened to me recently and I was like why do they want to buy ME a coffee? I asked the barista who it was…maybe I knew them…..but NOOOOOOO….just a great act of kindness. It resonated in my soul so I paid it forward to the car behind me. I hope they felt what I felt!! Yes!!!!

post by Delaney Sanders

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