What will you give this year? It’s easy to get caught up in the material joys of the holiday season, but we should also make a point to look for ways we can truly make a difference in the world. Since it is the season of giving, let’s look at some opportunities to give your time and money to charity and the best ways to make your donations count.
When you’re ready to donate during the holidays, the question is often where to start. If you have time to volunteer at a soup kitchen or organize a toy drive for foster kids, that’s great! But there are other ways you can give even when your holiday schedule is tight. Here are 15 simple ideas that can make a world of difference.
Teaching your children the importance of charity and volunteering can help them grow into kind and empathetic people. But how do you teach kids about charity in a way that really sticks with them, instead of just adding a task to to their seasonal to-do list? This article from Today’s Parent dives into the challenges of volunteering and offers strategies to make giving back part of your family values.
Canned food drives are huge around the holiday season. Some companies even offer discounts to customers who donate a few cans of food. It’s great to see so many people who want to give back, but the truth is that donating canned foods isn’t as helpful as is may seem. Watch this clip from the TruTV series “Adam Ruins Everything” to learn the trouble with canned food drives and discover the best way you can support your local food bank.
Make A Difference: Top-Rated Charities
The trouble with donating to a charity is that you are never sure if your donation is really going to people in need. Charity Watch is an organization that monitors the behaviors of charities and determines if they help people as much as they claim. Here are some top-rated charities you can feel good about donating to this year.
Here’s to doing good during the season of giving,