Giving Back this Holiday Season

It is officially the season of giving and many people are searching for ways to give back. There are many opportunities right here in our community, to give back in small and large ways. Always remember, every little bit helps.

Make a Donation to the Local Food Bank

The holiday season is a time for food drives and you will see opportunities to make donations almost everywhere. Whether it’s at the grocery store or your child’s school, take a moment to select some items that will help another family in need. While donations are high at this time of the year, they do dwindle in the winter months so consider making another donation next month as well. And remember, they are not just looking for food items. Baby diapers, feminine hygiene products, and toiletries are always welcome.

Give the Gift of Life

Over the holiday season, blood donations tend to go down while the need for blood may go up. Take some time out of your day to donate some blood and you may be saving a life! Canadian Blood Services have many clinics over the holidays so make sure to check their website for all the details.

Donate Your Time

The holidays are a busy time of year for community organizations, food banks, schools and churches and these groups are often looking for volunteers to help make what they do possible. Take some time out of your day and help with a fundraising initiative, holiday event, or community cause. You won’t regret it.

Pay it Forward

This time of year can be very busy and it can be difficult to find time to do something larger. If you’d like to make a simple act of kindness, consider paying for the coffee for the person behind you in the drive thru. You will make someone’s day and these actions usually lead to a chain reaction of kindness that can go on for hours.

Make a Charitable Donation

There are many amazing charities out there and now is the time to make a donation if you’d like to count it on your 2018 taxes. Before making a donation, make sure that the organization is in good standing with its charitable status and ensure that the money is used in a way that you are comfortable with for the cause. Do your homework but this is a great way to give back.