Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! The Holidays are usually so busy with everyone trying to get their shopping done, going to parties, decorating everything, that sometimes we forget that not everyone is so fortunate. The holidays are stressful for everyone, but it is usually a time when we like to give back to our community.
Today I want to focus on 10 Acts of Kindness that you can do during the holiday season. No matter how big or small your act is, it can help someone tremendously. These simple ideas can help you make a real difference!
We are all buying gifts for loved ones this year. If you could purchase those gifts and a portion of the profit went to a charity of your choice, wouldn’t you? You can do that with AmazonSmile! By using the AmazonSmile URL, a percentage of your purchase price will go to the charity of your choice at no extra cost to you.
Letters To Seniors
Seniors in nursing homes are also in need of some holiday joy! Try writing letters or forming pen pal relationships with Seniors. Love for the Elderly is a nonprofit organization that encourages everyone to connect with their elders. They offer many programs such as Letters of Love (a handwritten letter-writing program that brings smiles to the faces of seniors), Senior Buddies (forming pen-pal relationships between youth and nursing home residents), SunshineBox (distributing fun boxes filled with goodies to seniors in nursing homes).
Donate Your Time
One of the easiest and best things you can do is donate your time to people. Whether this be with helping out in a soup kitchen, family shelter, animal shelter, toy drives, you name it. Volunteering with any cause you deem fit is one of the best things you can do this season.
Animals need love and holiday cheer too! Foster animals through your local shelter or humane society. Give them the special love and care they need until they find their furever home! Check in with your local shelters for requirements and needs.
Be A Designated Driver
Most people will be headed to holiday parties where plenty of alcohol will be served. Offer yourself up as a designated driver for friends and family so you know they will not be driving under the influence.
Donate Unwanted/Unused Items
From clothes to food to unused toys, you can donate plenty of items that you don’t need/use to an area shelter. Families in need will appreciate these items and will give people the Christmas they deserve. Many shelters have information online about what they need and accept, so check out their pages for directions.
Care Packages for Soldiers
Putting together care packages for deployed soldiers is a great way to give this season to those who can’t be with their families or loved ones. Operation Shoebox packages care packages for soldiers and vets. You can host a care package drive to collect items for the cause. All information can be seen on their website in the link above.
Drop off homemade treats at your local fire station. Firefighters need to be thanked too! Making some homemade treats for them shows how much you care and gives them some treats to refuel from working hard to keep the community safe.
Write thank you cards to people in your life. Don’t forget about people in your life who make a difference everyday. Teachers, delivery people, coworkers, etc. writing thank you cards to let them know you appreciate them
Be nice to everyone you encounter. Hold doors open for strangers. Give as many compliments as you can. Just do nice things all around. You never know how much a smile or compliment can impact someone’s day.
What acts of kindness do you practice during the season? Let me know in the comments!
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