Tis’ the season! With all the excitement of the holidays, it’s easy to forget what Christmas is really about: giving back to others. Though I love curling up with a peppermint hot cocoa and Christmas movie as much as the next elf, it’s nice to set aside some time during the holiday season to do some good for the community. Here are some ideas for how you can lend a helping hand:
Clean out your closet and donate unwanted coats, socks, and clothing to drives like One Warm Coat.
Grab a friend and volunteer at your local soup kitchen.
Make a child’s Christmas special by donating to Toys for Tots.
Give a family the holiday meal they deserve by donating to or volunteering at your local food bank.
Play Santa and get someone exactly what they want or need this Christmas by adopting a family through the Salvation Army.
Help deliver holiday meals by volunteering with Meals on Wheels.
There are plenty of other local secular and non-secular organizations that need extra volunteers and donations during the holiday season. Look up one in your community!
Because you’re college students and I know you need an incentive, remember that volunteer work looks good on a résumé, and can count toward class credits or service hours for your sorority or fraternity. More than that, however, giving back makes you feel good, and reminds you what this season is all about. You may never know how your service touched someone else’s life, but they will, and you’ll both be glad you did it.
Where do you like to volunteer? Send me a picture of you volunteering this holiday season and I might retweet you!