3 Simple Ways To Do Good This Holiday Season

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Thanks to Salvation Army Chicago for sponsoring this post.

As a parent there are many important lessons to teach my children but one of my main priorities is making sure I raise caring, loving individuals. Though this is always my focus, there are so many additional chances to do this during the holiday season so I wanted to share three simple ways we like to do good around the holidays.

Donate goods.

Many count on thrift stores, like the Salvation Army, year-round but I feel that there is an extra need for gently used items in the winter. With cold weather coming, people will be looking for warm coats, hats and gloves, along with extra blankets for their home. Parents will also be looking for gently used toys to gift to their children. I remember when my boys were younger we didn’t have much money and most of their holiday gifts were from the thrift store. It was the only way I was able to provide gifts for my children those first couple years. While you are prepping your home for holiday guests and other festivities, why not go through and declutter to give your items new homes this holiday season.

Along with donating used items we no longer need, our family loves to shop for Christmas gifts for specific children from the Angel Tree. We typically choose two or three kids each holiday season and spend an afternoon picking out the perfect gifts for these children we’ve never met. When we shop for their Christmas wishes, and my kids see things like “pajamas” and “a football” at the top of their holiday wish lists, I think they see just how blessed they are and how important it is that we give to others from those blessings we now have.

Give kindness.

Sadly, kindness is not so commonplace anymore. Though I strive to be kind all the time, I try to go above and beyond during the holidays when everyone is extremely busy and stressed. Kindness doesn’t have to be a large or costly gesture, something as simple as a smile, kind word, adding some change into the Salvation Army bucket outside the grocery store, or even holding the door open for the person behind you could brighten someone’s day. If you want more ideas, I share 35 random acts of kindness your family can do this holiday season here.

Donate time.

I believe that time is the most valuable gift that we can give. Whether we are volunteering at a homeless shelter or helping out an elderly neighbor, our time is best spent when we are giving to others. The Salvation Army has a number of ways you can use your talents to help as a volunteer during the holiday season and beyond. Looking at some community centers here in the Chicago area I see a need for a Zumba instructor, food pantry worker, and youth recreation program planner among other things. If you are looking to volunteer with your family how about hosting a canned food drive or making easy, no-sew fleece blankets to donate? Finding something your family is passionate about and volunteering together will create lasting memories and encourage kindness in your kids.

Live in the Chicago area?

If you live in the Chicago area one great place you can support (with donations or by volunteering) this holiday season is the Salvation Army Chicago. Did you know that the Salvation Army is the largest direct provider of social services to people in need in the Greater Chicago area? Salvation Army Chicago serves communities in Chicago, Northern Illinois and Lake County, Indiana by providing emergency financial assistance, grocery assistance through food pantries; educational and recreational programs for children, adults and seniors; and leadership training and character development for youth.

How does your family “do good” during the holiday season? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below or on social media!

 

Comments

  1. robin rue says:

    I volunteer in my community quite a bit. I will definitely be doing more this Christmas season.

  2. I love this post so much! I think it’s so important to give of ourselves, especially during the season when so many of us have so much and so many more don’t.

  3. Jeanette says:

    I am actually hoping to do all of these this year. We love to buy gifts to give to needy kids. I really want to donate some of my time this year to a few places!

  4. reesa says:

    I love how simple these ideas are for even kids to do. It costs $0 to be a kind person!

  5. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I love this time of the year because it is so magical to see everyone coming together to give back. We can all make a difference if we try.

  6. I love to see great ideas like these to give back during the holidays. We do the Angel Tree project each Christmas. The kids and I love to shop for the kids and their families.

  7. Liz Mays says:

    I like these ideas. Giving back can be pretty easy around the holidays! We’ll make sure to pitch in!

  8. Pam W says:

    Our family loves giving back during the holidays. It’s so important to show that we are thankful for our blessed holiday season.

  9. brianne says:

    Yes I love this post so much. It’s so important to give back during the holidays!

  10. Claudia Krusch says:

    I do a big clean up in the fall and donate a bunch of stuff to the local Salvation Army. It is a great way to give back and I am getting organized at the same time.

  11. Kathy says:

    I love all of these ideas. I try to donate when I can no matter what it’s for. I love donating to the food shelves, and toys for around the holidays.

  12. Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas for giving back to the community. It is so important, especially to teach our kids that helping others during the holidays can make a real difference for others during this season of giving.

  13. Dawn Lopez says:

    It’s so amazing to see how much can be accomplished when many people do their part to help others. It’s definitely part of the charm of the season!

  14. Randi says:

    We always try to take advantage of some of the volunteer opportunities this time of year … in the midst of getting so much, I really want my kids to remember to give too.

  15. Sarah says:

    We do try to donate a lot more during the holiday season. My kids are lucky enough to get nice clothing and toys and I love being able to pass that on to others.

  16. These are really great ideas! Simple things but could really mean a lot to someone!

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