Giving during a pandemic

It’s hard to think about giving during a pandemic. Everywhere we turn, we are being encouraged to stay isolated and focus on our health. But amid all the doom and gloom, there is still something worth fighting for.

When we come together and give of ourselves in this time of need, we can rebuild the sense of connection that has been lost. Yes, it might take a little extra effort right now, but the benefits will be worth it. So let’s rise to the challenge and do what we can to help those around us. Together, we can make a difference.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the holidays? Perhaps it’s the gift-giving, or maybe the decorations; we’re guessing you also think about gathering with family and friends to share meals and warm sentiments. However, for some families in need in our community, the holidays present a challenge. Furthermore, complications from COVID-19 have created even more difficulties for people to grapple with.

Fortunately, there are some ways we can help.

When you give to a local charity or organization that helps families in need, you’re making the holiday season a little brighter for those who might be struggling. These organizations often rely on donations and volunteers at this time of year to help them meet the increased need for services.

If you have a bit of extra time or money, here are some things you can do to help families in need enjoy the holidays.

1. Donate money or goods to a local charity or food bank

If you want to make an impact this holiday season, consider donating cash or goods directly to an organization that can help those who need it most. When you donate financial resources, charitable organizations can use that money to buy food for those in need or purchase other important supplies like warm blankets and clothing.

2. Volunteer your time at a local soup kitchen or community center

If you have a bit of extra time on your hands, consider volunteering with an organization that provides meals to those in need. Many local food banks and community centers offer volunteer opportunities where you can help prepare, serve or clean up after a meal is served. You may also be able to help with other activities like sorting items at a donation center.

3. Donate or treat others to a holiday meal

If you’re planning on cooking your own holiday feast, consider making a few extra portions of food and donating them to a soup kitchen or community center that serves families in need. You can also give the gift of thanks by volunteering at a local organization so others can enjoy an enjoyable meal during this difficult time.

4. Collect supplies for those who have been quarantined

If you know someone who has been quarantined, consider collecting supplies for them such as books or DVDs to help pass the time. You can also donate money so they can purchase these items on their own.

All of us want to be able to make a difference in our community, and there are plenty of ways that we can when we come together.

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