Giving Back During the Holidays
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Giving Back During the Holidays

Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 at 10:12 am
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There are so many ways to give back during the holidays. If you're looking for a way to give back, here are some ideas to consider.The holiday season can be a stressful time for many people. I’ll admit, I’m one of them. Not only does my budget feel the added pressure of extra holiday spending, but I never seem to have enough time to get everything done before Christmas. Sometimes I just need a break. One of the most rewarding ways I’ve found to relieve that holiday stress is to give back to my community. I often find myself so wrapped up in my own to-do list this time of year, that I sometimes forget about the most important things.

There are so many ways to give back during the holidays. If you’re looking for a way to give back, here are some ideas to consider.

Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

  • Angel Trees. The Salvation Army and similar charitable organizations will set up Angel Trees to help collect Christmas presents for disadvantaged children and seniors. You can usually find Angel Trees at malls and other Angel Tree host locations. Become involved by choosing an “Angel” from the tree and providing a gift for that individual.
  • Volunteer. If you can’t afford to donate gifts, you can still donate your time. My family and I have spent several holidays volunteering at our local homeless shelter serving holiday dinners to those less fortunate than us. This is a great way to bond as a family and a community. Find ways to volunteer by checking with community centers, churches, YMCA clubs, and other nonprofit organizations.
  • Food Donation. Surely your grocery stockpile has been accumulating throughout the year. What better way to put your coupon loot to use than by donating your stockpile? You can donate your non-perishable foods to food banks, donation bins, and other nonprofit organizations.

I hope you find giving back to your community as rewarding as I do. Happy holidays couponers 🙂

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