Volunteering During the Holidays

During the holiday season we often get so caught up with crazy schedules and trying to figure out the perfect gifts, that we often forget about things that really matter. This holiday season you may want to consider thinking about how you can give back to those who are less fortunate.

Common activities include helping out at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen or donating food and toys to those in need. Other ideas are adopting a family through your local Salvation Army Angel Tree or helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity.

Don’t be afraid to try non-conventional methods as well. If you have elderly neighbors, offer to shovel their driveway, bring them some food or invite them over to your house for a meal. If you know someone who just had a baby or just adopted or fostered a child, offer to help out. It could be babysitting, doing the dishes, cleaning the house, preparing food, etc. There are a lot of different ways to be helpful so don’t feel like you need to stick to the norm.

Although volunteering during the holidays is great, it’s also important to continue throughout the year. Make a goal to continue to help out, even if it’s once a month throughout the other months. Every little bit of help is extremely beneficial for those in need.

Often times, helping someone in need can really put things in perspective. It teaches us to be grateful and count our blessings. And in case you didn’t already know, being grateful is the key to happiness.