Often we get so wrapped up in the presents, parties, and all the shopping during the holidays. I know I am super guilty of not taking the time to give back to those who may not be as fortunate as we are. Sure we work hard for the life we have been able to give our kids, but one thing I would like to instill in my kids is the idea of giving back to others. I will share with you a few ways to give back this holiday season. It can be more than just your money that you use, your time can be almost more precious to others who need a helping hand.
The holiday season is full of opportunities to celebrate. At the same time, many families want to find ways to give back in a meaningful way, and show appreciation for their family’s health and wellness. This is especially true of families with young children, when so often the holidays become about gift lists and candy!
Make and Take Bake Goods
One simple way that you can give back to others and warm their hearts is make and take baked goods. Get your kids in the kitchen to help make cookies, breads, or other easily portable desserts to pass out or take to a shelter. Have your kids drop a few at your elderly neighbors house with a sweet note wishing them Happy Holidays.
Donate Time and Money
The best thing you can do is donate time to others. Visit a nursing home and see if you can help during a craft time or just sit and read to them. Another fantastic place is finding a hospital you can visit to pass out toys to kids there or just visiting. See there are so many kids who are in hospitals and I am sure most would love a visit or smiling face to come see them.
If you don’t necessarily have a whole lot of time to donate, then consider donating money to places like Tackle Kids Cancer which provides an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer. It is a way for a child to help another child, and families to help other families. With only 4% of government cancer funding directed towards pediatric cancer, and childhood cancer being the number one cause of death by disease in children – funding in all forms is crucial. As a cancer survivor myself, I know what it means to need support during a very challenging time. I couldn’t have gone through what I did without the support of friends and family and even outsiders that sent help any way they could.
Kaia is a beautiful example of just who you could be helping with a donation to Tackle Kids Cancer. She may have a long road ahead, but has her family to support her and they need all of our support to get through this journey.
Invite Someone Over for Dinner
Have someone you know who doesn’t have family close? Invite them over for dinner whether it be during the week or even Christmas day. Make sure that those you know are not alone during the holidays and have a hot meal and company. That one small simply gesture could mean the world to them. I know how much joy it brings my heart to be surrounded by family and friends during the holidays and really making time to be with each other.
What others ways can you think of to give back this holiday season? Is there something you do each year with your family? Share in the comments below and I hope you will consider donating to Tackle Kids Cancer as part of your charity efforts. Much love to you all this holiday season.