Giving back during the holidays

There’s a flurry of activity as folks deal with the double demand of busy lives and the added crush of the holiday season. Gifts, entertaining, family meals and fitting in all the obligations that the season brings.

Amid all this flurry are the endless asks for donations. The money is always appreciated and it’s an easy way to do good. If you are looking to add a little more community involvement to your charitable giving here are a few ideas to get your started:

  • Pick up the kids and volunteer at a food bank, a soup kitchen or some other community centre
  • Go visit someone in a seniors’ residence or medical facility
  • Clean up your closets and drop those items off at a shelter (clothing, toys, equipment, linens are all needed)
  • Be a volunteer gift wrapper (there are lots of openings for those and I thought this was more fun than being a volunteer tax preparer)
  • Make a donation, big or small to an organization that means something to you. Make this a research project with your kids. Then make this decision to give, together.

There are lots of roles out there and a simple Google search for “volunteers needed” in your town will render a good list. For folks in my town, here’s a great list to start with.


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