November through December is undoubtedly one of the best times of the year. Thanksgiving and Christmas are back to back, and even if you aren't religious Christmas has become more of an American cultural tradition rather than just a religious event.
While you catch up on your favorite Christmas movies, listen to 'All I Want For Christmas' on repeat, and wrap away, please don't turn a blind eye to those in need.
I am so fortunate to not have to worry about if there will be a roof over my head, if I will have food to eat, or if there is someone who cares.
But not everyone is as lucky.
If you're in the spirit of giving but don't know how to help someone in need, here's a list of possible ways you can make someone's Christmas a bit brighter.
- Fill a backpack up with thick socks, gloves, a hat, and non-perishable goods. If you live in or near a major city give them to homeless people-many lack shoes, let alone a good pair of socks, and in the winter months the risk of frostbite or hypothermia is too great for us to ignore.
- Be a Secret-Santa for a family who is struggling to make ends meet. Whether it be through your local church or just a family on Facebook, there are thousands of families scrounging up pennies to buy their kid one gift. You'll be taking the burden off the parents' back and making the holiday season a bit merrier for children in need.
- Donate to your local Ronald-McDonald House! Ronald McDonald Houses house families and their sick children so that they aren't separated during treatments. Whether you're donating gifts, food, or money, anything helps!
- Pay for someone's coffee! It is a small act of kindness, but it can go a long way.