Giving Back for the Holidays

By Jamie Hall 12.15.2014 interact > Impact
family, charity, healthcare, health. christmas, x-mas and happy

Winter break is here (or almost here)! Which means holidays, family and best of all — no school. So what should you do with all that free time? We’ve gathered up a list of ways you can give back to others while you’re off, and hopefully spread some of that good cheer a little farther.

Donate to a Coat Drive

It’s getting cold outside, and there are many people who can’t afford a good winter coat. One Warm Coat connects you to coat donation centers all over the country where you can drop off your gently-used winter coats, which will then go out to families in need. If you can’t find one in your area, they also provide lots of resources and advice on how to start your own coat drive.

Bake Sales for Babies

Due to the Syrian refugee crisis, there are thousands of young children going without adequate winter clothing this year. DoSomething.org has partnered with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Karam Foundation to start Bake Sales for Babies, an easy way to get involved. When you sign up, you’ll get lots of resources and recipes for traditional Syrian cookies, which can then be sold to raise money for the kids in need. You’ll also be entered to win a $3,000 scholarship!

Make a Blanket for a Child

If you’re looking for a creative project to do over the break, why not make a blanket? If you have some knitting or sewing skills, Project Linus collects quality, home-made blankets for kids. They specifically request hand-made blankets, because of the care and love that goes into each one. Visit their website to find patterns and a chapter near you.

Celebs Gone Good

Every year, DoSomething.org creates the “Celebs Gone Good” list to celebrate celebrities who are using their fame to give back. This year, you can vote to choose who gets the honor of being a “Celeb Gone Good.” Voting ends on December 24th, so make sure you check-in to see if your favorite celeb is on the list and cast your vote!

Help Out a Family

Round up your family for some holiday-time charity with Family-to-Family. This organization helps match up families who are able to give with families who don’t have much via various donation and charity campaigns. Their initiatives for this holiday season include a toy drive, stuffing a stocking and donating gently used books to someone in need.

Give Toys to Tots

Toys for Tots is probably one of the best known toy drives in the country, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t use help. Operating such a large drive requires a lot of gifts and a lot of volunteers, especially as it gets closer to Christmas. If you’d like to go beyond just donating a toy, you can also host a Toys for Tots fundraiser, or see if your local chapter needs volunteers.

Volunteer at a Food Pantry

Volunteering at a food pantry or soup kitchen is a great way to give back to your community during the holidays. Many pantries and kitchens will be working overtime to distribute food to those in need, and they will definitely need help. Check FoodPantries.org or simply type in “soup kitchen” and your location into Google to find out where you can help serve up some much needed meals.

 

 

comments

  1. Carmen Dawson

    It is absolutely amazing that people are giving to people in need. Good job.

  2. Rebecca Wolf

    I think it is very beautiful how people are giving back to the less fortuneate I think it will impact our world as we know it

  3. ben

    that is cool and i believe i could do that to it is cool to give back to people in need and that is awesome and hi

  4. Oscar Esquivel

    these are all great ideas of giving out to others in need.

  5. Zach

    it is always great to help someone in need who cant get it themselves but only the essentials

  6. eduardo hinojosa

    giving people things is very hope full because there are people,kids that don’t have what other people have. They need help from us this state to help each one of the people,kids,family’s that don’t have anything.They wish to have what a person have but they don’t have and that when we come in to help them and to give them something at least to give them something for they could do some thing please help them and be care for them thanks.

  7. Jackie

    By giving back to others shows how much you care. It doesn’t matter the size or price, just the thought of it. Everybody should have a good holiday, no matter who it is.

  8. melany rodriguez

    you can do many other things than donate you can also go out on the streets and feed the homeless on christmas to cheer up there day, or even given small gifts to the kids in the hospital.

  9. jose morales

    thank you for being so supportive to kids in need

  10. shelby6001

    you can just give the simplest of things. You can help someone out with the grocery’s, Help clean the house, make breakfast in bed, and many other things. It doesn’t matter about he size, it matters that you do it out of the kindness of you’r heart.

    • jose morales

      thank you channel one for informing kids on how to help someone out to make their holiday season a little jollier!

      • ben

        yo yo it is cool to give back to people in need

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