The Holidays

The Joy of Holiday Giving

The holidays are a time for thinking of others and giving to those who are less fortunate. Now is the perfect time to talk to your family and friends about ways you can help those in need and make someone’s holiday a little brighter this year. Below you will find 10 fun and thoughtful ways you can serve your community this season.

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  1. Bake cookies or casseroles.
    Do you love to bake cookies or does your family enjoy a special dish this time of year? As a family you can pass out homemade cookies to your local fire department or police station, or take some frozen casseroles to an elderly neighbor or single mom.
  2. Pack stockings for homeless people.
    Go to the dollar store for stockings, and pick out useful as well as fun items to stuff in them. Some ideas include granola bars, water bottles, toothpaste and warm gloves and socks. Look up local shelters in your area to learn more about donating to the homeless.
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  4. Clean out the toy box.
    The holidays are a great time to donate some of your gently played with toys and games. Contact local religious organizations to learn more about what they accept.
  5. Visit a nursing home.
    As a family – or with a group of your friends, this will surely bring a smile to those who may need a little cheer this holiday season. Take cards, cookies and decorations to brighten up nursing home rooms, or sing a few carols for the residents. Call to find out exactly what is needed and play your visit.
  6. Adopt a family.
    Local charities and religious groups can help you sponsor a family in your area to shop for over the holiday season.
  7. Donate to a food bank.
    Take a trip to the super market or discount store as a family to pick up nonperishable foods to donate. They’re always in need of extra food around the holidays.
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  9. Clean out your coat closet.
    Bring coats that are in good condition to a local shelter or charitable organization.
  10. Write a Letter to Santa.
    Visit any Macy’s Department store and write a letter to Santa. For every letter they receive Macy’s will donate $1 to Make A Wish. It’s a fun and easy way to help raise money for the wishes of children battling critical illnesses. If you can’t make it to the store visit them online here.
  11. Volunteer to babysit.
    Around the holidays money is tight and babysitting is a great help for a couple with small children.
  12. Send care packages to military personnel.
    To find out how you and your family can brighten up someone’s holiday stationed overseas, visit here.

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A:   Snowflakes

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