Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season: 6 Simple Ideas to Spread Christmas Cheer & Kindness by Dawn Taylor

Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season: 6 Simple Ideas to Spread Christmas Cheer & Kindness

The holidays are for giving ... back. Here are six easy ways to give back and make a difference this holiday season:

  • Walk along a street that has parking meters and load up several. Most of us have loose change in our pockets or purses. The gratitude of someone who ran late at an appointment will be huge. Parking tickets, especially in big cities, can be costly. Don’t assume people planned poorly – it doesn’t matter. We have all been there.
  • Pay for the person behind you at the drive-thru. I have been on the receiving end of this gesture a few times, and it makes my day!
  • Offer to babysit for a family who has a tight budget. Whether they just need a date night or have to get some shopping done without the kids, they will appreciate it more than you know!
  • Put together some holiday tins or gift bags and fill them with delicious baked goods or packaged holiday treats and drop them off to select people in your neighborhood (or beyond) without telling them who it’s from. Attach a note saying “The Holiday Bandit was here!” Be creative and have fun with this! Get the kids involved.
  • Put a dollar in the Salvation Army bucket, and/or ring the bell for them this season.
  • Buy a Christmas tree angel from an organization that purchases gifts for needy families. You can choose the price range and items. These trees are everywhere, and what a joy to know a child will have gifts this year and you were a part of it.

The list can go on and on. The more we give to others, the better world we live in. What can you add to the list?

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I just love these ideas, Dawn Taylor . I think giving back should be part of every child's holiday experience as they grow up. Working at a soup kitchen is one of the best memories of giving back that I shared with my kids. It really changed their perspective. I love your idea of filling up parking meters with your loose change. What a nice surprise for someone who is running late!
Dawn Taylor
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds it's just so easy to do little things and it feels so good. I’m going to have my girls help me get treat bags ready and we will go around and distribute them closer to Christmas. ❤️🎄
Julie Rose
Great idea to offer free babysitting. Only costs you time and energy, and what parent won't appreciate that. I like the carry things in my car that I can hand out to the homeless (bag of toiletries, for example).
Dawn Taylor
Love that idea. We live in a small town so even though there is no homeless, at least not visible, there are many we could offer coffee to in line for example at coffee shop. Every little bit helps.
Cassiday
Giving is the best part of the season! <3
Tiffany Zook
We love play ding dong ditch with baked goods!!!! With doorbell cameras we have to walk up to the door with an umbrella!!
Dawn Taylor
That sounds like fun! I saw it first a few years ago in Canton. Time to bring it back!

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