Christmas is almost here. A time to exchange gifts and stuffing yourself with delicious cookies and other treats. It is the time of the year when friends and family come together and things get merry on mulled wine. Apart from all the festivities, Christmas is also a season of goodwill and for many people, it can be a tough time too. Every year millions of people around the globe go through hardship around the festive season. This includes the homeless, older people, people who are struggling to make ends meet, and many more. So while you are getting all Christmasy, you can also make someone else’s Christmas memorable too by being a little more generous and charitable around Christmas. There are many ways in which you can help the less fortunate during this time of the year. It will not only make your Christmas special but of those, you helped.
Below are the different ways in which you can help the less fortunate people in and around your community, even beyond that.
Volunteering is a great way to give it back to the community. It is a selfless act that will transform the lives of many less fortunate people this festive season. In case you are interested in volunteering, there are many such opportunities available on the government’s website when you sign up for them. You can also look for local NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) or Individual charities and inquire if you can lend a helping hand.
Donation is also a great way to help less fortunate people when you want to help a large community or don’t have enough time to volunteer. Lots of big corporations donate every around the holiday season. Donations big or small always help people’s lives and it doesn’t have to be just money, it can be a number of things. You can donate food, your old clothes, and even your old toys/gadgets. This is one of the best ways to help others and it also minimizes wastage. You opt for the practice of reverse advent calendar. In this practice, you take an empty box, and each day until Christmas you fill it with non-perishable food items. Then you donate it to your nearest foodbank or donate it yourself to the less fortunate people. A similar thing you can do with your clothes and other items.
Invite People over
Another great way to help less fortunate people this Christmas is to either take them out for a nice dinner around Christmas or invite them over to your house for a meal. Both of these gestures show a great sense of consideration on your part for people who are less fortunate. This is also a great way to interact with them and learn more about their life and their hardship. This way you’ll develop a better understanding and it will give you an insight into their lives. By learning more about them, you’ll be able to help them better maybe this holiday or the next holiday season.
Random act of kindness
Random act of kindness is a broad term that is only limited by your imagination. As a person, you on a certain level can feel and understand the hardship different people go through in their life. If there is something you think you can do for somebody that will help them this festive season then do it. You can pay rent for people struggling to make their ends meet so that they may have some extra money to spend on celebrating Christmas with their family. If you own a big company, give someone in need a job. Buy some warm clothes for homeless people. Help somebody pay their debt. There are many such acts of kindness that you can do for less fortunate people. It will not only make their day but yours too.
Help Old People
Many of us don’t realize but old people are some of the most affected people around holiday seasons. Many have their families living in other states who can’t visit or some don’t have families left and are alone during holidays. You can help such people by either visiting old age homes and celebrating Christmas with them. Befriending old people in and around your locality who you know will be alone during Christmas is also a great idea. You can give them presents and spend some time with them. You can also invite them to your house on Christmas for a lovely Christmas dinner.
All these a great ways in which you can help a soul or many souls during Christmas. You can also come up with your own great idea on how to help less fortunate people. Just remember, any help whether big or small is always appreciated and makes a huge difference in people’s lives.
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