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Posted 12/10/2017

Start a New Holiday Tradition - Volunteer!

Start a New Holiday Tradition - Volunteer!

The holidays are all about getting together with loved ones to share those family traditions that make your time together magical, memorable, and fun. So how about adding a new tradition that not only ticks all those boxes, but ensures some of that magic is shared with those who need it most? Volunteering is something everyone can do, and the opportunities to give are endless.

Take a look at our ideas for how you can make volunteering a new holiday tradition that fills others’ lives with holiday cheer!

Organize a Neighborhood Drive
Whether its coats, canned goods, or toys, find out what local organizations or hospitals need and rally your neighbors to help the cause.

Here’s how: Post info about your drive on Facebook, pass out flyers, and put up large signs on your street or throughout your subdivision to spread the word. Sort donations then deliver them together.

Spend Time at a Soup Kitchen
Lend a helping hand to local soup kitchens—they count on volunteers to help prepare and serve meals.

Here’s how: Find a soup kitchen close to you here, then give them a call—you’ll want to know minimum age requirements before scheduling your family volunteer time.

Spread Some Cheer
Volunteering your time to lend someone a hand or a smile is the perfect all-ages activity.

Here’s how: Make arrangements with a local nursing home and go caroling to the residents. Or, find a needy family through an organization or faith group and pick out presents for each member. Shoveling a neighbor’s snowy driveway is also a little act with big impact.

Don’t Forget Our Furry Friends!
Help make the holidays a little less lonely for homeless animals.

Here’s how: Check and see what supplies local animal shelters are most in need of (food is a good place to start), then gather together the supplies and deliver them together. You could also volunteer to walk the dogs or help with cleaning.

Raise Money for a Good Cause
There are lots of worthy local charities that would greatly benefit from some extra funds—pick one out then start a benefit drink stand!

Here’s how: Set up a hot chocolate or hot cider stand and spread the word about your cause. Count up your proceeds and deliver them to your chosen charity—they’ll greatly appreciate your family’s efforts!

There are so many opportunities to make a difference this holiday season through volunteering—how do you plan to make it your family’s new tradition?

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