Six Ways to Make This a Season of Giving

Somewhere in the midst of all the shopping, wrapping, baking, cheers-ing, and questionable sweater wearing, lies the true heart of the holiday season: family, friends, and an underlying spirit of goodwill.

And while this year has had been abnormally challenging, the one upside of living in such a crazy time is that even the smallest acts of care can make huge differences in the lives of others right now.

Keep it Local

Purchase gift cards from local restaurants and shops as a way of helping small business owners in your area stay afloat during what has been a truly difficult year.

Show Some Puppy Love

Ask your local animal shelter how you can help right now. Pet supplies like toys, food and cozy bedding are often in need, and are easy ways to help our furry friends.

Run for The Cause

Many fitness centers and races raise money for great causes every year, and some have converted their classes and runs to virtual events. Do your body good while doing good for those in need.

 

 


 

Seek out Brands That do Good

Giving a gift this time of year can do more than just make one person’s day. Purchase goods from ethical companies that give back – like those below – and you can help support entire communities. Now that’s what we call a gift.

Amour Vert has planted more than 280,000 trees with their partner, American Forests. They’re committed to changing fashion industry with sustainable practices and ethical products, as well as planting a tree in North America for every tee purchased.

Hand in Hand knows that soap can save lives.Purchase a bar of this all-natural soap and they’ll will give another bar and a month of clean water to communities in Haiti that suffer from a lack of functioning wells.

Conscious Step lets you do more than just choose what cool socks you want, it also makes a donation with every pair Whether animal rights, breast cancer, ending poverty, addressing environmental issues or saving LGBT rights to and you get to choose the cause that’s most important to you and makes the world better, one step at a time.

Care for Your Neighbors

Offer to pick up groceries for a friend or neighbor who’s isolated, overwhelmed by the busy season, or just not feeling well. If possible, pay for their order. If that’s out of your scope, then purchase a couple of your own favorite treats and add them to the bag, or include a bouquet of flowers as a way to elicit a major smile.

Donate Directly to the Cause of Your Choice

So many nonprofits are in need of donations this year so if you’re looking for caring and legitimate organizations to help, here are some that we support in our ongoing commitment to give back to our communities:

Shelters to Shutters

How do you get a job without an address and how do you keep an address without a job? That’s the question Shelters to Shutters addresses.  They partner with local services that are already supporting the homeless community, in order to help their participants get back to self-sufficiency

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures through one-to-one mentoring relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. What better way to make future generation embrace their worth than through the power of life-changing relationships?

Dress for Success

This decades-long global organization doesn’t just provide workwear for low-income women, they also prepare them for economic success with career coaching, mentorships and a strong network of support. As Michelle Obama said, “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish,” and Dress for Success is there to help make those accomplishments come to life.

Warren Village

Warren Village’s goal is to help disadvantaged; single-parent families make the journey from poverty to self-sufficiency. Opportunities and resources such as safe and affordable housing, parenting services, and early education and childcare are what every family needs to obtain true self-sufficiency and reclaim a productive place in their community.

 

By: Daydream Guest Contributor