15 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

Written by on December 22, 2018 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living with 0 Comments
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By Mental Floss

 

You don’t have to be a billionaire philanthropist to make the world a better place. Here are 15 simple things anyone can do to help out.

1. MAXIMIZE YOUR PURCHASING POWER.

Many banks and credit card companies offer charitable giving cards, which make donations to nonprofit organizations with every purchase.


2. SERVE A HOLIDAY MEAL.

Most soup kitchens and shelters serve special holiday meals to hundreds of people. Carve out a few hours of your family’s day to wash dishes, ladle gravy, or welcome folks in from the cold with a warm smile and hot drink.

3. MAKE CHANGE.

Now’s the time to grab that old cookie jar of quarters and dimes, bring it down to the bank or coin machine, and donate the proceeds to a food bank or shelter.

4. CLEAR OUT YOUR DRAWERS.

You may not have much use for a $3.57 gift card, but someone else will. Round up your near-empty gift cards, especially those for office-supply and grocery stores, and call local schools and shelters to see if they want them.

5. PHONE IT IN.

Making small donations is easier than ever in the Internet age. Many nonprofits offer a text-to-donate option, which is as easy as dialing a few numbers while you’re waiting in line at the coffee shop.

6. BUY A FEW EXTRA CANS OF SOUP.

Nonperishables drives are happening everywhere you look this time of year. Add a few cans of soup or tuna or jars of peanut butter to your shopping cart. You may even be able to donate them at the grocery store cash register, via neighborhood can drives.

7. SHARE THE FUZZY WEALTH.

You know your pet is the cutest and the best. Why should you keep all that love to yourself? Call around to nearby senior centers to see if residents might enjoy a visit from your fur baby.


8. DOUBLE THE RECIPE.

By the same token, if you’re famous for your brownies, now’s the time to spread the joy around. Host a charity bake sale, or just offer a little home-baked comfort to those in need. We recommend skipping the nuts to ensure your goodies will be welcome in a wider variety of places.

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