4 Creative Ways to Give Back to the Community This Holiday Season

girl giving gift during holidaysThe reason why Christmas is a national holiday, whether you celebrate it or not, is because it symbolically represents the season of giving. Many of the other religious holidays in December including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are the same way.

Personally, I’m a giver. It’s more fun for me to figure out unique ways to bless someone with a gift than it is to think about what I’m going to receive from other people. Don’t get me wrong. I still act like a little kid on Christmas morning when my wife gets me the gadget I’ve been salivating over the entire year. But, I really enjoy giving to others. It’s a huge motivator and it helps puts life into perspective for me.

I’m sure you hear this all of the time, but think about giving back to the community, especially during the holiday season. Even if you read this article after Christmas or even during the Spring or Summer, it’s never too late. You can be generous any time of the year. In fact, you might put even bigger smiles on people’s faces because you showed generosity during a time when they least expected it.

Here are 4 creative ideas you can use to give back this holiday season.

1. Anonymous Giving
Giving anonymously is great because the recipients won’t know who the gift came from. As a result, they won’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of needing help. If you really want to make someone’s day, seek out that single mother who busts her butt to provide for her kids or that struggling family that works hard but can’t seem to get ahead. Buy a $50 to $75 toy for each kid and a grocery store gift card for a Christmas dinner. If you have a coworker in mind, get to your office or workplace a little early and deliver it anonymously to their desk or locker.

2. Over Tipping
You probably have people in your life who you see regularly throughout the year such as hair stylists, mailmen, dry cleaners, restaurant servers, and garbage men. Some of these people expect tips and some don’t, but during the holidays especially, you can put a smile on their faces by giving them a big tip to show your appreciation. There’s nothing better for people in the service industry than to get a big fat tip.

3. Give Away Your Christmas Decorations
After the holidays, give away your Christmas decorations to your neighbors and other young couples that don’t have much. After all, if you’ve been married for more than a few years, you start realizing how quickly you accumulate Christmas decorations. Decorations are expensive, and you could bless other families by giving yours away and starting fresh the following year.

4. Take a Homeless Person To Lunch
The majority of homeless people I’ve come across are either mentally ill or just had a tough break in life and don’t know how to turn things around. However, interacting with homeless people can be a wildcard at times, not knowing if they’re going to try and hurt you or be cool. Be sure to take¬†precautions if you do choose to try this tip out. The idea is to get together with a few other people, find a homeless man (or woman), take him out to lunch around the holidays, give him a gift card to a hotel to use for a night’s stay, and buy him a new outfit. You’d be surprised at how receptive they’ll be. They’re not all just looking for booze money.

Seriously, try giving if you haven’t already. If nothing else, it’s pretty fun, and the more creative you get with it, the more memorable it becomes. Also, the more you give back, the more blessings you end up receiving because your eyes are opened to all of the good things you have in your life.

How are you giving this holiday season?

  • Chris

    Hello I actually am in great need of help. And I am trying not to let things get in the way of asking? But I don’t even know who to ask. We don’t celebrate Christmas and that might offend a lot of people. I just don’t know what to do. But here’s my life. I was married 25 or 26 years ago and it’s always been an abusive relationship mentally and physically. I thought that I was the only one being abused in our house. I thought I was hiding it. A few years ago my daughter Tabatha was getting married and her fianc√© made her tell me something that really was horrific. She told me that her father had molested her from the age of nine years old to 13. I basically lost my mind. I had gotten to the point of course to have him leave the home and he’s been gone a couple of years. I hated myself so much. I’m one of the people that wonder why do women stay!? I have four kids well had 4 kids. On April 15 of this year my daughter Tabitha the one that was molested was killed in a fiery rollover crash. And to top it off three days after her death, my father-in-law who I was extremely close with had been killed in a horrible car accident also. He had disowned his son, my husband. And so he was of great comfort for me and my kids getting through things. I have a son that’s 23 that has disabilities, I have an 18-year-old that come to find out he was mentally and physically abused by my husband, and suffers from Stockholm syndrome and my baby girl she’s 16, and she’s just left with all of this on your shoulders. I can’t imagine what she’s going through. Anyways we’re at the point of falling behind on our House payment. We have broken windows where it gets extremely cold. Their father doesn’t help, I don’t want his help anyways. And just needing help with the broker windows. Our electric bill is just so crazy. I am on disability. I cannot work. My mind is so overwhelmed they’re testing me for alztimers and dementia. My memory I don’t have a memory it’s just bad. I’m just wondering if someone can help me with just fixing my windows, my car is broke I just don’t know how to live anymore and it’s so hard keeping a positive attitude for my kids. I haven’t even had the chance to feel the loss of my daughter. Can anyone hear me? my voice? I’m tired and I don’t want to do. Am afraid of losing our home also.