Holiday Charity Challenge: Help Someone Who’s Alone This Holiday Season

Make this holiday season the most memorable yet by bringing a smile to the face of someone who might otherwise have a difficult or lonely holiday. Share the joy of the season with a little holiday charity, and fill your heart with kindness.

  1. Invite a single neighbor to your home. Whether you’re hosting a sit-down dinner complete with all the trimmings or spending a cozy morning opening presents with the kids, open your door to those who are spending the day alone. Being part of a group setting will lift their spirits and remind them that they are part of a community. Make sure to help them feel included and wanted to alleviate any fears that they may have about imposing. A small gift or an effort to make a special dish can go a long way toward making someone feel welcome.
  2. Make holiday treats to share. Do you love to bake? Double those batches of cookies, and box up the extras to give away. Neighbors, coworkers, and relatives who love sweets will appreciate this gesture more than you realize. Just make sure to think about dietary restrictions that the recipients may have before sending the treats.
  3. Make time to visit relatives. Life gets busy, but this time of year we all need to slow down and cherish everyone in our lives. Reach out to home bound cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and siblings who you haven’t spoken to in some time. Make an effort to reconnect this holiday season.
  4. Visit a hospital or nursing home. Many people spend the holidays isolated from friends and family because of illness or infirmity. Call a local medical facility, and ask to speak with the volunteer coordinator or check Volunteer Match for hospitals and clinics that are looking for holiday volunteers. Learn about visiting hours for adult patients, activities such as sing-alongs or story hours, or if you can bring small gifts to children. The Arizona Department of Health Services offer a few tips for getting the most out of your visit, such as reminiscing with a photo album or taking a walk together.
  5. Sponsor a child for the holidays. Youngsters living in group homes may spend the holiday season without presents under a tree or a holiday meal with family. Brighten their season by participating in a toy drive or holiday charity fundraiser that goes toward presents for these kids. There are opportunities to help at any level, from a small toy donation to helping ensure that a child has enough warm clothes for the winter. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program is a great place to start!

Are you ready to take the holiday charity challenge? Tell us in the comments below how you plan to make someone smile this season!

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By: Angela Tague