Oftentimes, we find ourselves wanting to help other people and with various causes, but we struggle to find the time, places, etcetera. In my opinion, there is no better time to assist people and charities than during the winter holidays. (Note: this is not me saying this is more important than any other time of the year to help; there are many causes that need the assistance of others during other times!)

First off, during the holidays, many people have existing issues exacerbated by the colder temperatures, prices, and so on. People struggle to buy gifts for their children, to buy food to put on the table, or to even find a place to stay. Simply put, the holidays can be the worst time for people. Impoverished, hungry, and/or homeless. That's why you should go out. Homeless shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, gift giving programs, donations. Finding time can be difficult, but when you do, you can make a difference in someone's life.

Furthermore, volunteering provides an outlet through which we can rid ourselves of our stresses in daily life. The holidays are certainly stressful; gifts, family, food, so on. Lots to do, regardless of how big or small they may seem. That's why volunteering during this time is so wonderful, even if it has been hard to find time to do it. We can forget about our stresses and problems that we find ourselves dealing with to put a smile on the face of others and provide them with their own relief.

Finally, volunteering, I think, helps us become far more appreciative of not only our material belongings, but our families as well. Sometimes, I've found myself wanting more than I need/have currently. The holidays oftentimes remind me of just how lucky I am. Many families wherever I've lived I've seen struggle with food, toys, heating, or even having family around for the holidays. Some managed to have none of the above, or meager amounts at best. It's sobering as an experience. And it reminds me of how grateful I should be to have what I have, whether that be the small or big, and emboldened me to help more people.

Overall, this is the best time to get involved. Whether to make a difference or relieve your own stress, volunteering during the holidays is of immense help. Furthermore, it can provide you with lessons you can use in your own life, as well as perspective in your own life. Regardless of how you celebrate Christmas, everyone should go out and volunteer, for even the smallest things can go a long way to making a big difference in someone's life.