Different Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Sydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

The holidays are not always about getting because they are also about giving. There are many ways to give back, and I’m going to share with you a couple of my favorite and most effective ways to make someone smile this holiday season. It could be as easy as baking homemade treats for people serving in your community. An option could be baking something as simple as chocolate chip cookies and handing them out to your local fire department or police station since they have to work during the holidays. Something else you could do to give back during the holidays could be adopting a family. Numerous religious groups and local organizations have the opportunity during the year to assist you in sponsoring a family in your town or area and to buy gifts for another family in need. Going along with that idea, you could also go through your toy bin and give away some of your older toys you don’t use anymore so they can be put to use at least one more time. Same idea could apply with clothes. You could get rid of some old articles of clothing and donate them to someone else you know who could use them. A second idea related to food is to buy some of your favorite nonperishable food items and donate them to your local food pantry. Lastly, hosting a party is never a bad idea. Sometimes hospitality is a great way to give back as well. If you do this it is important to focus on inviting those who are sometimes not always included in gatherings, such as new neighbors, kids at school, or even co-workers with no family close by. I’m sure any one of these will put a smile on someone’s face this holiday season, and there are many more ideas besides these, but hopefully you get inspired and try to give back this year!