Giving to those less fortunate is a great way to help you feel even more blessed this holiday season. At a time when kids have presents on the brain, helping those in need is a great way to teach them that it’s more important to give than to receive. Even if you have less money in the bank, there are ways to give of your time and talents. You’ll feel richer for doing it.
Sometimes charitable giving can feel difficult to impossible to those on a tight budget. However, there are still ways to make it happen. If you created your holiday budget in this exercise here, you already calculated how much you can realistically afford this holiday season.
The next step is to challenge yourself and your family to come in under budget this Christmas and use the extra money you’ve saved to put towards a donation to your charity of choice.
Donate gently used books and board games to organizations such as childrens’ hospitals, Ronald McDonald’s Houses, shelters, or bring them to your local Social Services office
Donate extra food to your local food pantry
Bring gently used coats, hats and mittens to a homeless shelter
Make a donation to your child’s classroom
Bring a hot meal to a family in need
Host a holiday party and collect donations for the local charity of your choice
Popular Holiday Charities:
Angel Tree – Provides gifts and assistance to the children and families of prisoners It Starts with a Gift. But It’s So Much More.
Make-A-Wish – Grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions Make-A-Wish Foundation: National Home Page
My Two Front Teeth – Provides holiday gifts to children through individual sponsorship opportunities MyTwoFrontTeeth.org’s Online Holiday Wish Tree Helps Brighten the Holidays for Disadvantaged Kids
Operation Christmas Child – Helps needy children internationally with shoe box donations containing toys, toiletries, and school supplies Operation Christmas Child
Toys for Tots – Provides new gifts for needy children Marine Toys for Tots Foundation