It’s easy to lose focus with the gift-buying craze of the holidays. But this year, gather the family together and spend some time giving back instead of accumulating presents. Not only will you be helping your neighbors, but you’ll have a more fulfilling Christmas. Here are just five ways to give back this holiday season.
Kids who have to stay in the hospital over Christmas enjoy getting a bit of mail. Visit Hugs and Hope or Send Kids the World to find names, pictures, and addresses of sick children who could use a handmade card. Don’t stop there. Residents of veteran’s or nursing homes would appreciate these messages too.
Support the Troops
You can easily send holiday care packages to overseas soldiers with one of the many Adopt a Solider programs. It makes a big impact on the troops who can’t come home for Christmas and teaches your kids about their noble sacrifice of duty.
Sponsor a Family
Whether you pick a tag off of a local “Giving Tree” or participate in the Box Project, your family can help a struggling family have a Christmas to remember. It’s an easy way to keep your focus on others in the business of the season.
Gifts that Give
Instead of giving a gift to a family member, why not gift someone else in their name? St. Jude, for example, throws Christmas parties for the kids from donated funds. Knowing that there’s a hospital full of kids partying is a heartfelt present for any recipient. Or send aid overseas. Samaritan’s Purse has a gift catalog where you can donate money for education, medical, and housing needs.
Random Acts of Kindness
See what’s needed around you as you go about a given day. Buy a homeless person’s meal. Visit the elderly at a retirement home. Pay for a tree for a low income family. Donate old toys to the local toy drive. Bring cookies to the fire department. You can even leave change in a vending machine or pay off the late fees for someone at a library.
Ken Nelson Chevrolet wishes you and your loved ones a great Christmas and New Year’s.