Tomorrow, after a weekend of shopping and spending many will also be looking for ways to give back this year. I think that is why we have #GivingTuesday, right after a weekend of spending, we really do not want to forget others.
There are so many different ways you can give back. Some shop using free trade stores like I wrote about last month. Some will use the latest app to use their spare change to give back each month. I wrote about ChangeIt last month as well. Both got me thinking about the ways I am giving back this holiday season with my teen daughter. We have some traditions that we do and some are simply easy ways to lend a helping hand. So just in case you are looking for some simple ways to give you can remember these: If you want some simple ideas here are mine but you can always check out the Giving Tuesday site for more ideas:
1. We always look for ways to complete at least a number of random acts of kindness this month. It might be something simple as paying for a coffee or a meal, it might be as simple as shoveling the snow of a senior or baking cookies for a friend.
2. We always do a deep clean looking for items we can donate. Getting new electronics? Remember there are many was to give back with your old ones. Did you know if you recyle your electronics they can be made into new products, and if you simply want to donate you can do through agencies like Goodwill.
3. The food banks always need help every year and I go to #Hohoto and while there donate to the food drive as well as helping raise funds for my local food bank.
4. Donate toys early, that way they can actually get under a Christmas tree. Here in Toronto we have Toy Mountain and CHUM Christmas Wish campaigns that are always grateful for donated toys. There are also police and firefighter campaigns going on as well. Over the years I have had several opportunities to help prepare hampers and toy bags for the kids for Toy Mountain.
5.The gift of time is a way many of us can give back as well. Many charities need an extra set of helping hands at this time of year. As well there are many lonely folks that could use a visit. Can’t afford to give, the gift of time is something you can always do.
For us it is so important to find as many simple ways to give back as we can. How do you find ways to give back over the holiday season? Let me know. Is giving part of your family holiday schedule?