Five Ways to Give Back as a Family

This post is adapted from 7 Ways to Spread Joy This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for giving. Help neighbors of all faiths enjoy a happier holiday while bonding as a family and modeling kindness for children.

Young girl in front of holiday decorations writing a letter.

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Toy drives are among the most popular ways that families can give back in December and beyond.

Here are five more ideas to consider:

  1. Participate in a coat drive. Children in need may not own warm coats. New or gently used, outgrown winter apparel is especially needed during the coldest months.

  2. Send holidy cheer overseas. Many post offices and houses of worship participate in card drives for active duty military members as well as veterans and their families.

  3. Lend a hand to a neighbor. Help shovel snow, hang holiday lights and decorations, or deliver a holiday care package to a neighbor in need.

  4. Serve meals. Many homeless shelters, nursing homes and food pantries need extra hands around the holidays. Kids who are on school break and typically receive free or reduced lunches may also be hungry.

  5. Raise funds. Host a holiday bake sale in a popular community space to raise money for your family’s favorite charity.

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