Let Your Heart Be Light: Ways to Spread Love and Joy this Christmas

December 13, 2018

Happy kitchen staff working in shelter.

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With the holiday season just around the corner, you may be wondering how you can spread Christmas cheer. Along with giving gifts to friends and family, this is the perfect time to give back to your community. Not sure where to begin? Here are some ways to make your Christmas more meaningful.

1. Food drives
Start small. You can run your own food drive. Ask friends and relatives to contribute to your cause. Want to extend your reach? Some schools support hosting a food drive. Or you could also distribute flyers in your neighborhood.

2. Clothes donation
Access to warm winter clothing can be scarce for less fortunate individuals. As the temperature drops,  coats, scarves, toques and socks are needed more than ever. You can bring new or gently used winter items to your local clothing drive center. Every bit counts.

3. Animal shelters
Most animal shelters are non-profit and run on volunteer time and donations. Call or visit your local shelter to find out which supplies they require the most to help in taking care
of our furry little friends. Your companionship is also most welcome, as many shelters offer volunteer shifts cat cuddling or dog walking.

4. Volunteer at soup kitchens
Most soup kitchens run year round but they need help all the more during the holidays. Volunteer to become a Christmas elf and help with duties ranging from sorting and wrapping gifts, to serving meals.

5. Grant a wish
Wish foundations help children with life-threatening conditions in hopes of enriching their experience by granting their wishes. You can help by sponsoring a child and get them one step closer to making their dreams come true.

If these ideas do not work for you, don’t fret. It is simple to make someone smile and bring happiness. A little bit of thoughtfulness and random acts of kindness go a long way and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Happy helping!

Article By Dianne Lopez