The holidays are upon us and despite some creeping difficulties in the market, a growing number of people are joyously wishing one another well and preparing for celebrations with friends and family. During the happiest time of the year, it’s easy to get caught up in the glitz and glam, gift-exchanges, and delicious dinners, but as many of us are getting ready to celebrate with loved ones, there are just as many families in our local communities who struggle not only to enjoy the holidays but to have their most basic needs met.
The holiday season is a time for giving back, and though giving back is something we should do year-round, the holidays often inspire us to give more generously and find a deeper meaning through our contributions. The ways someone can give back are nearly endless, so if you’re looking to give back, but unsure how or where to start, BANKW Staffing has 5 simple ways to help you give back during this magical time of year.
5 Simple Ways to Give Back
- Host a Holiday Food Drive
Food insecurity is something more than 34 million Americans, including 9 million children, contend with. While hunger is a widespread problem, hosting a holiday food drive can make a difference for hungry families in your immediate community. Contact your local food bank first to see what items they need the most. Encourage your neighbors, friends, and family to bring an item from that list when they arrive for a gathering! Remember, food insecurity is a year-round problem and your non-perishable donations can help feed families through the winter months.
- Donate Clothing or Toys
Let’s be realistic for a moment. As magnificent as this time of year can be, it can also be overshadowed by the gift-giving and getting. It can be devastating for a child to not receive a gift, or for entire families to freeze because of their family’s financial difficulties. You can donate toys, as well as new and gently-worn warm clothing items to a variety of organizations that directly support local communities. Check with businesses in your area to see if they’re hosting any clothing or toy drives and be sure to check the legitimacy of your organization of choice on Charity Navigator!
- Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter
Don’t underestimate the power of a helping hand! By volunteering your time at a local homeless shelter you can make a profound impact in someone’s life while learning invaluable lessons from unexpected people; like what it takes to endure in the face of misfortune, about the indomitable strength of the human spirit, and humility.
- The Gift of Learning
Did you know that 98% of teachers purchase their own school supplies so that their students don’t go without? With Adopt-a-Classroom you can donate to an educator, classroom, or school in need and help teachers and students obtain the resources they need to learn throughout the year. Additionally, if you have a school-age child, consider donating supplies directly to their classroom or school for an immediate local impact!
- Random Act of Kindness
It feels good to make someone smile and ask for nothing in return. Buying coffee for the next person in line, leaving an anonymous gift for someone you appreciate, or performing an unexpected task for someone, like shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, could be the generous gesture that sweetens the season for them and you! Who knows, your RAOK could inspire others to follow suit!
Donate with BANKW Staffing
At BANKW Staffing, giving back to our communities is a year-round commitment. As supporters of non-profit organizations like Catie’s Closet, Toys for Tots and Cradles to Crayons, BANKW Staffing and its affiliates are hosting donation drives throughout the 2022 holiday season. Visit us online to connect with us about donating non-perishable food items, new or gently-worn clothing for adults and children of all ages, basic essentials like toiletries and hygiene products, or a new toy for a child in need.
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