Are you doing anything to give back this holiday season? As we splash out on our Christmas decorations and spend a fortune on presents for our nearest and dearest, let’s not forget those who are less fortunate.
One family I know contacted a nursing home in their community. They asked how they could pitch in, so their children joined other volunteers to decorate the residents’ doors. The nursing home also mentioned that residents liked to wear slipper socks, so the family donated several pairs.
Other folks I know are participating in “angel trees,” in which you buy a gift for a child in need. You don’t even necessarily have to spend money. You could do a closet clear-out and donate the items to charity, whether it’s Goodwill or a shelter for battered women. You could take the canned goods lingering in your pantry to a local soup kitchen. Or, you could volunteer your time.
Another idea? Think about the people in your life who would really appreciate a Christmas card. Perhaps you’ve lost touch with an old teacher, someone you met traveling, or an elderly friend. Getting a simple card is a lovely gesture that would make their day.