Are you looking to give at Christmas time? 2020 has been a challenging year for individuals, families, and organizations. Giving to help ease the strain provides a happier holiday for all. The gesture can be small. Christmas time is the right moment to show people you care. Do you need ideas on ways to give at Christmas? Check out the following.
Almost every organization or charity accepts monetary donations. Under many circumstances, your donation is tax-deductible.
If you want to give to a person in need, consider slipping a gift card in the mailbox or other secure location. For added fun, do not put your name on the envelope. Often a secret gesture provides the best feeling.
- Donate food to your local pantry or shelter.
- Make or purchase fruit baskets to deliver to neighbors.
- Make cookies to distribute.
- Fill a laundry basket with food to give to someone in need.
A baby pantry caters to families with young children. Pantry donations are always needed, especially around the holidays. A baby pantry is generally open on specific days. If you are donating, do your research to help give at the right time. Some pantry items include:
- Baby wipes
- New baby bottles and nipples
- New pacifiers
- Baby formula
- Baby food
- Toddler snacks
Animal Shelter or Pet Rescue
Animal shelters and pet rescues cater to numerous types of animals. Many organizations rely heavily on private donations. Many will post needed items on their social media pages if you check out your local pet organization. Along with money, you generally can donate the following:
- Pet food (dry and canned)
- Kitty litter
- Pet dishes
- Pet beds
- Laundry detergent
- Cleaning products
Due to the pandemic, many churches are experiencing less than normal donations. Consider putting extra money into the offering. Even the smallest amount is helpful.
If you do not have a home church, do your research. Find a church in the community that offers support to the homeless or low income. Many churches host soup kitchens or other outreach programs. When you donate, you can specify how you want your donation put to use.
A bouquet of flowers may seem frivolous to some individuals. But often, a small gesture can make someone’s day. Christmas flower arrangments are beautiful. Flowers can be sent almost anywhere, including:
- Your child’s teacher
- A former teacher who inspired you.
- Nursing home with instructions to give to a resident who doesn’t receive visitors or cards from family.
- An essential worker
- A neighbor
- Your favorite waitress or waiter at a local restaurant.
Sending Christmas is a small token to show people in your life that your care. 2020 has been a tough year for many individuals. But when take a moment to write a note inside a Christmas card, people realize they are not alone.
- Service Members
- Nursing homes
- Community members
Giving is part of the Christmas season. Small gifts or cards can make someone’s day. Not to mention, give you a sense of satisfaction and the holiday spirit.