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How to Give Back to Your Community During the Holiday

By Heather Brown
November 18, 2015

As a non-profit you are in a unique position to really brighten the lives of your community members this holiday season. No matter your organization’s mission, you can spread the word of your efforts and deliver some cheer at the same time. Consider these options as a way to give this holiday season:

Coordinate a Christmas Dinner.A warm meal is always an important part of the holiday season. By enlisting your volunteers to act as chefs, you can provide this essential holiday element for those that may not have had one if not for your organization. Local businesses and churches may be able to assist with donating the food and supplies.

Play Santa! Nothing feels more like Christmas than the act of giving. Create an opportunity for your donors to fulfill the requests of children in your community. Consider placing lists of needed or desired gifts on your website or Social Media accounts for your donors to provide. Then you can hold an event for the children to meet with Santa and receive their presents.

Support the Troops! All too many of our soldiers will be away from their families during the holidays this year. Organize an effort to provide care packages or even just Christmas cards to let them know your organization appreciates their sacrifice.

Canned Food Drive. You can really help a family that may not have been able to provide a holiday meal for themselves by collect canned foods at your events. Put together a food basket for local families with the donations, and maybe even include a gift card for that all important holiday bird.

Visit Nursing homes or Assisted Living facilities. Coordinate a trip to a local assisted living, nursing home, or hospital with your volunteers and employees. Perhaps you can sing carols, provide a small gift, or just lend an ear to the residents or patients.

Blood Drive. The gift of life is the most precious. Consider having a Blood drive among your employees and volunteers to encourage donations to the Red Cross and help save a life.

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