Five Rewarding Ways You Can Help Out This Christmas

Tired of the same Christmas events year in and year out? Do you wake up and watch television, eat a lovely breakfast, open the gifts, eat some more and watch television, while nibbling on yet more snacks? Do you ever wonder that maybe there's more to Christmas than this? There are many great ways you can improve yours AND another person's life for the better this Christmas season.

So let's clear our diary and think about how we can experience the delightful warm glow in the knowledge that you gave your all, and in some way changed someone's life for the better this season. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Help the Homeless

Sadly many people find that they are in an unfortunate situation and have become homeless during the Christmas season. Usually the coldest time of the year many of us take it for granted that we have a wonderful and warm home to go to. For the homeless, there are shelters that help them stay warm. Why not volunteer your services to help keep these people warm?

You can hand out coats and hats or gloves, help in a soup kitchen, offer up skills that you may have such as hair dressing or knitting (teach them to knit scarves to stay warmer). A few minutes at a shelter and you'll stop feeling sorry for yourself and find someone else to attend to.

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2. Help the Elderly

Christmas is a time to spend with family. Many elderly live on their own or in a home and would love to have your company on Christmas day more than any other day of the year. Do you have an elderly neighbour? Perhaps you know of someone who lives nearby and is all alone. Grab the kids, bake a batch of cookies and deliver them for someone really special. Invite them to your Christmas dinner. Call the retirement home and ask how you can assist this season.

Read to them, put a puzzle together with them or simply sit and listen as they reminisce about yester-year.

3. Charity

Whether you help to raise funds for a specific cause, or you provide some community support, volunteering throughout Christmas is a great way to help out. Many national charities need help during the Christmas season. From fund raisers to wrapping gifts for children who wouldn't otherwise have a gift, you can help out.

Offer to do the shopping for a tree, make some soup for a soup kitchen, field phone calls or deliver gifts. Go Christmas carolling to the shut-ins, or call around and find out where your expertise could fit in.

4. Remember the Furry Friends

Animal lovers will be delighted that there are many ways to assist feathered and furry friends. Call your local animal rescue centre and ask how you can help. Have a drive for warm bedding for pets (old blankets and flannel shirts work great for this purpose), towels, treats, snacks and disinfectant are also welcome additions for these locations. Step in and volunteer while staff are on holidays.

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5. Local Children's Hospital or Hospice

Staying in the hospital is never fun but with a little help form others it can be tolerable. Christmas is often a difficult time for these parents who aren't home with their children. You can offer some great support during this time and bring a smile to a sick or dying child. Buy an extra gift while you're out shopping and deliver it to the hospital for a child who is a patient there.

Simply take advantage of a buy one get one gift offer. Clean out your children's gently used toys and donate them to a children's hospital, hospice or local Ronald McDonald house.


Comments

    • Karl @ CelloTime

      Karl @ CelloTime 11/25/2013 9:54 a.m. #

      Sicora, It's great that you're spreading the word on how to help others! It really shows what type of person you are. And I fully support our furry friends!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 11/25/2013 1:59 p.m. #

        I love supporting our furry friends as well. They always need something good to eat or a warm bed for sleeping.

    • Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

      Shannon @ The Heavy Purse 11/25/2013 10:16 a.m. #

      Great tips. Giving back is so important. There are so many great organizations that really need our help, especially during the holidays. We adopt a family every Christmas and it's become one of favorite traditions.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 11/25/2013 2 p.m. #

        Oh, yes I remember you mentioning that last year. I love the idea of adopting a family. It is a sweet way to spread the holiday cheer and show you care.

    • Corina Ramos

      Corina Ramos 11/25/2013 2:45 p.m. #

      Great ideas. I think we should all give back....it doesn't have to be money either. Just spending time with the elderly or help serve lunch or dinner at a shelter.

      It's important we teach our kids to do this as well and make it a family thing.

      Happy Monday!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 11/26/2013 5:44 p.m. #

        Time is a great gift and we all have it to give. People young and old really appreciate the support of others, don't they.

    • Brian @ Luke1428

      Brian @ Luke1428 11/25/2013 8:24 p.m. #

      We participated in Operation Christmas Child run by Samaritan's Purse. They send shoe boxes filled with Christmas presents to children all over the world. Our kids packed four boxes this year and it's always a joy to see how much fun they have with it.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 11/26/2013 5:45 p.m. #

        Brian, I have heard of that program. It sounds very nice and it is good to hear that your children were able to participate in it. I'm sure they loved it.

    • Laura @ Richmond Savers

      Laura @ Richmond Savers 11/26/2013 1:11 p.m. #

      These are all great ideas! I love that you are thinking about ways we can all help out this holiday season. I think it's important that everyone give back when and how they can - it doesn't have to be financial, either. Organizations and charities of all kinds need volunteers!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 11/26/2013 5:48 p.m. #

        Thanks very much Laura! Volunteers are always necessary, and people so appreciate assistance, esp during the holidays.

    • Jon Maroni

      Jon Maroni 11/26/2013 9:55 p.m. #

      This is a great list, and there is such a need for volunteer labor during the holidays because many regular volunteers are with their families. It also is a great way to give Christmas or Thanksgiving real purpose, and is a way to have a great family experience that doesn't cost you a dime.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 12/02/2013 10:11 a.m. #

        That is a good point Jon. Thank you! Extra volunteers can definitely cover for the regular ones that may have family things to attend to. Everyone wins that way!

    • Sharon

      Sharon 12/02/2013 7:30 a.m. #

      This is so inspiring, I was expecting to see another way to save for the festive season, I was not expecting an article about what I could give others. Thank you

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 12/02/2013 10:12 a.m. #

        Thanks Sharon! Helping others is something any of us can do at any income level. And in some ways we probably do save some money too, because instead of shopping we are busy doing other activities.

    • Fig @ Figuring Money Out

      Fig @ Figuring Money Out 12/02/2013 7:54 a.m. #

      Great suggestions! It's a great idea to help out other people during the Christmas season. It can be a hard time for a lot of people and helping them out can make it better as well as help you enjoy yourself.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 12/02/2013 10:15 a.m. #

        Thanks Fig! Christmas can be a difficult time for many and it is always good to help them out if we can.

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