Taylor Yates | November 30, 2022
The holidays are a time for giving and spending time with loved ones. But sometimes, it's easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the season and forget about the importance of being kind to others. There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by giving back through simple acts of kindness and helping your community.
This year, why not try out some of these ideas to help make the season a little brighter for those around you? From sending holiday cards to volunteering your time, there are plenty of ways to spread cheer. So, get into the spirit and start giving back!
Locks of Love (LOL) is a public non-profit organization committed to helping children who suffer from medical hair loss receive hair pieces. You can support LOL’s mission by providing your own hair donation, volunteering, or through financial contributions. Alternatively, purchase a LOL bear by GUND; 100% of the purchase price will further LOL’s mission.
Give Holiday Cards
Handing out holiday cards to your neighbors is a great way to stay connected to your community and let those around you know that you are thinking of them at this time of the year. Remember, not everyone has family with whom to enjoy the season. So a simple card can really brighten someone's day.
Pine St Inn
The Pine Street Inn is a local Boston charitable organization committed to supporting those facing homelessness. They offer emergency housing services, permanent housing solutions, job training, and other unique programs for individuals experiencing homelessness. You can donate food and goods, contribute a bag of unisex cold weather gear, provide a laundry basket filled with new home goods, make a direct donation to Pine St Inn, or become a volunteer.
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at the Pine Street Inn, and even more during the holiday season. Host a gift card drive or help them meet the basic needs of guests through meal sponsorship. If you are ready to put your hands to work, there are limited volunteer opportunities doing kitchen prep or dinner meal service.
Shop for Someone Else
Some members of our community do not benefit from the privilege of easy mobility, which can make shopping at any time, but especially during the overcrowded holiday season, exceptionally challenging. Offer to shop for a less mobile neighbor, so they don't have to brave the winter weather and holiday rush!
Shovel a Neighbor’s Driveway
December usually marks Boston's first snowfall. While the snow adds to the season's charm, some of the city's residents struggle to maintain a clear driveway, walkway or stoop either due to lack of mobility or time. A great way to support a neighbor in need is with a bit of elbow grease and a shovel by clearing access to their home.
The chaos of the holiday season can be overwhelming but finding ways to help others is a great way to ground yourself and re-focus on the true meaning of the season. This year, remember to reconnect and give back to your community.
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