Look out your window. See snow? Chances are, the answer is “yes.” And while many of us are (soooooo) over the freezing temps and layers of ice, there are people out there who are suffering through these snowstorms without adequate food, shelter or heat.
So, will all these snow days on your hands, why not take a few minutes to see how you can help? Here are five ways you can help your neighbors this snowy season:
Shovel snow. Giving back can be as easy (and free!) as volunteering to shovel your elderly neighbor or grandparent’s driveway.
Organize a coat drive. Look out your window again. Now imagine being out there without a coat. Not fun, huh? Help get warm clothes to the people that need them by organizing a coat drive. First, research a local organization that is collecting coats for people in need. Then, find a place — like your school or local church — to host your drive. Tell your friends, family and neighbors to bring over any coats they can spare, and then arrange a pick-up with the organization so they can get those coats into the hands of the people that need them the most.
Bring food to the hungry. During bad weather, elderly and sick people are susceptible to skipping meals because they can’t navigate the bad weather well enough to leave their house. Why not bring the food to them? Check out organizations like Meals On Wheels and Citymeals-on-Wheels to see if they need a delivery person for an afternoon, or see if your Mom will cook up some extra lasagna for your elderly neighbor down the street.
Help keep the puppies warm! Animals get cold too! Research your local animal shelter to see what kind of materials they need — like old towels and blankets — to help keep those puppies warm.
5) Host a food drive. Got a school dance coming up? Big basketball game? Make canned food the price of admission. Give the donated goods to your local food bank so when the polar vortex is in town, food banks will be stocked to feed those that need a warm meal.
How are you helping your community this winter? Tell us in the comments below!