This year we wanted to do something special by giving you a guide on ways to give back and reach out to your local community this holiday season. My father always told me "You think you have it bad, but there's always someone out there who has it worse than you." This is all too true and it has always stuck with me since. When I complain about the petty things, I have to check myself and remind myself that there is no reason for me to be ungrateful. There are so many ways for us to share our blessings and time to help others who may need it more. I put together a list of ideas on how you can give back! Hold yourself accountable this season and try to do one of them before the new year kicks in!
- Volunteer at your nearest animal shelter: Pets need love too! This is one of my favorite ways to give back. You can call a shelter and see what supplies they need and drop them off or you can volunteer with your time. Make sure to call ahead of time to make an appointment, most shelters like to schedule volunteer opportunities.
- Volunteer at a local soup kitchen: Contact a local nonprofit soup kitchen and ask for volunteer hours. Its always nice to have a conversation and connect with new people other than those in our everyday lives.
- Enter a charity walk, run, ride, or tri and save lives! There are always runs popping up in major cities where you can support a cause and get involved. Grab your girlfriends and family and get signed up! If you are in the Dallas area log on to dfwraces.com to check upcoming events.
- Read to the elderly: Visit your nearest elderly home and give a little cheer to those who need it most, our elders. Again, your time alone can mean the world to someone. Call ahead to see if there are open hours to visit.
- Find your own way to give back: If you know someone that is in need but don't know how to give back, this is that time of year to be creative and do so.
- Small acts of kindness add up: Commit to doing one act of kindness a day that promotes selflessness. (You should always be doing this but this time of year, step it up!)
- Volunteer at a church: Theres no other way, churches always need a helping hand.
- Call your local food bank/ food pantry and make a donation: Call ahead and see if there are any specific items that they are low in stock. They will appreciate anything that you may have to give.
- Gather up your unused coats and warm clothing and donate them: Goodwill and salvation army are the most known spots. If you prefer a place that does not resale look up local churches and charities that will donate your old coats to families in need for free. (There are also drop boxes in major parking lots like grocery stores that will take clothing)
- Bring a box of toys to a children's hospital: To see the smile on a child's face receiving a toy is priceless!
Okay, now you have no excuse not to get involved. God bless you ladies and have an amazing holiday season.