The arrival of the holiday season often means spending time with family, exchanging gifts, and enjoying delicious meals with loved ones. But it is also a perfect time to focus on gratitude and giving. ImOn believes in connecting with the communities we serve, and what better way than to give back to those in need this holiday season. Here are a few ways you and your family can spread the holiday cheer this season.
Before you give, here are a few tips for making sure you make the most of your donation. "Making the most of holiday charitable giving"
Even if you are tapped out financially this time of year, there are many items you can donate this holiday season to spread joy to those who are less fortunate or struggling to make ends meet.
- Donate canned and boxed goods to local food-banks
Click Here for a list from HACAP Food Reservoir of the most needed items for many local food banks.
Here are nine basic survival and household items frequently requested by charity programs. "Things that could change a family's life"
During the holidays, there are a variety of programs for helping kids have a festive holiday season, like the Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots.
- Food, toys, and bedding for local animal shelters
-Items you no longer use
You don’t have to spend money to be charitable, and items you no longer use lying around your home can have more impact than you realize. Here is a list of the top 10 things to donate to Goodwill before the end of the year. "Top 10 things to donate before the end of the year"
Instead of purchasing items to donate this time of year, consider donating your time. Here are just a few service opportunities in the community that you and your family can get involved in.
Random Act of Kindness
Spread the holiday cheer by doing something nice and unexpected for someone else
- Buy coffee or a meal for the person behind you in line
- Shovel a neighbor’s driveway
- Pass out homemade cookies to your local fire station or police station
For more holiday giving ideas, visit the ImOn Holiday Survival Guide