As the holiday season approaches, it's important to keep in mind that not everyone is looking forward to them. Unfortunately, many are in poverty, homeless, sick and the list goes on. It's important to step up and give back to those in need.
Here are 10 ways you can give back during the holiday season.
1. Donate to Toys For Tots
Toys For Tots is a great organization that distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford gifts on Christmas. The website gives you all the information to donate, including where your local toy drives are. If you don't feel like donating an actual toy, they give you the option to donate money.
Overall, it's an organization to consider!
2. Send holiday cards to those serving in the army
Holiday for Heroes is a program started by American Red Cross. It allows you to send holiday cards to those serving in the military! It's a lovely way to thank those serving for our country.
3. Donate to an animal shelter
Put on a cute Santa hat, buy some animal toys and go to your local animal shelter! It's a great way to add some warmth to the season.
4. Leave a really big tip
If you go out to eat, leave a REALLY big tip for no reason. You are bound to make someone smile immensely.
5. Drop off toys for children in the hospital
Go to any hospital and bring some toys for children staying there. It's the loveliest way to give back.
6. Buy your friend a Starbucks holiday drink
Those Starbucks holiday drinks are one of the highlights of the season. Treat your friend to a tasty cup of coffee and fill their day with a little extra kindness.
7. Write a Christmas card for your friends
Write a Christmas card for your friends and remind them all just how wonderful they are. You never know how much they may need to hear it.
8. Leave a note of kindness on a windshield
Randomly compliment someone and make their day!
9. Bring a home-cooked meal to a shelter
Go to your local shelter and bring them a home-cooked meal straight from your heart. They can really use one.
10. Donate your time
Give your time to your family, friends and the ones who care for you the most. Spend as much time as possible with them. Watch a movie with them or go ice skating with them. Time is one of the most important things you can give someone.
Be kind this holiday season and every day!