We’re putting a spin on the 12 Days of Christmas to inspire each other to give back this holiday season. Explore just a few of the ways you can do good in your community.
Day 1: Help Feed the Hungry
There are always people in need of a good meal, especially during the holidays. Whether you volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate to your local food bank, you can make a difference by helping feed people in your community that are hungry or don’t have a home. Click here to find a food pantry, soup kitchen or food bank near you.
Day 2: Donate Supplies to Shelters
These same shelters need extra supplies during the winter months. So if you have any extra blankets, clothing, personal supplies, or even food, you can be a great help to your local shelter.
Day 3: Donate Toys for Children
There are various collection locations for organizations that deliver toys to children during the holidays. You can even adopt an entire family and purchase a special gift for each family member! Donating gifts can make a huge impact on those who are facing hard times and don’t have the resources to buy presents over the holidays. Toys for Tots and The Salvation Army are just two of the many organizations that host toy drives over the holidays.
Day 4: Volunteer at a Children’s Hospital, Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility
Many children’s hospitals and senior living facilities have programs where you can volunteer for various activities such as reading, playing games with patients, or even helping the hospital staff with various tasks. And in certain cases, even your dog can volunteer to provide pet therapy for a patient.
Day 5: Donate to a Cause
There are so many non-profits that rely on donations to sustain themselves and keep doing good work. If there’s a cause that’s close to your heart, you can help them reach their annual goals by making a donation, or you can volunteer your time and help them organize events.
Day 6: Help the Animals
There are a lot of people in need, but don’t forget about our four-legged friends in need as well. Volunteering, donating pet supplies or funds, or adopting an animal to help the SPCA of Texas or other rescue groups like Operation Kindness are great ways to contribute. Plus, adopting a new pet can be a great Christmas surprise for the kids!
If you can’t adopt an animal right now, you can always foster to help an animal until it finds its forever home. But we can’t promise you won’t fall in love with it by the end.
Day 7: Do a Charity Run / Walk
If you’re a runner or a walker, there are lots of holiday runs across the community. With the help of family and friends as sponsors, you can do good while feeling good about your health. Click here to find a charity run or walk in your area.
Day 8: Be a Positive Role Model
The holidays are a great time to volunteer to become a role model in a child’s life. There are programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters that can pair you with a youth who would benefit from having someone to look up to and spend time with on a weekly basis.
Day 9: Support the Arts
Show your passion for the arts by going to holiday concerts that benefit music programs for the year. Or, support local radio stations or music programs that rely on your donations.
Day 10: Do Something Together
If you’re interesting in giving back to the community, ask people around you if they want to help. Ask your coworkers if they want to fund a family’s Christmas. Take your children to a soup kitchen. No matter what you choose, it’s a great way to bring people together to make a bigger impact than you could on your own.
Day 11: Send Holiday Packages to Soldiers
Help spread holiday cheer with our soldiers overseas by sending them a package. There are various organizations (Operation We Are Here, Boots on Ground and Military Missions to name a few) that can guide you through the process and help you bring joy to someone who can’t be home for the holidays.
Day 12: Donate to Carter BloodCare
We couldn’t have a list about giving without encouraging people to help us save lives! Whether you donate blood, platelets or plasma, you can help us make sure patients in your community have blood on the shelves when they need it most. If you are not eligible to donate, why not host a blood drive? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will have a representative get in touch with you within 48 hours to start planning. Or click here to make an appointment to give.