November seemed to sneak by—right under our chapped, cold-ridden noses. Now that we’re in the first week of December, it’s time to transition from giving thanks for what we have to giving to the less fortunate.
Cold weather and the upcoming holiday season (which is more lonely than exciting for many people) make December the perfect time to increase your focus on philanthropy. So while you enjoy the revelry of holiday parties and anticipation of exchanging gifts, incorporate acts of charity to make this a happier time of year for the poor, the lonely and the sick.
Anytime is the perfect time to clear out your family’s closets to donate rarely worn or outgrown clothing. Clothing donations are one of the simplest ways to make a big difference in someone else’s life—and at no cost to you. And even though we encourage people to donate clothes throughout the year, wintertime contributions are positively crucial.
Right now, the less fortunate sorely need coats and other cold weather accessories. Warm your heart by keeping someone else warm this December.
Babes in Toyland
Just like coats, toy donations are in high demand during December. Most schools and churches host Adopt-a-Child programs during the holiday season. Children in low-income families may request specific toys or necessities like backpacks through the program, and your family can help their holiday wishes come true.
Shopping for children in low-income families—people who may not receive Christmas gifts without Adopt-a-Child programs—is more satisfying and joyful than buying goodies for more fortunate friends and family. Adopt a child for Christmas to make someone else’s Christmas merry and bright.
Home for Christmas
Much suffering comes from homelessness. The frigid temperatures of the winter months are especially difficult. This month, consider how you can alleviate the suffering of homeless people in your community.
In addition to donating coats to clothing donation centers, drop off blankets and food items at your local homeless shelter. Volunteer there, and help feed the homeless by giving canned goods to the food bank or volunteering at the soup kitchen.
The joy referred to in Christmas carols can’t be found at holiday parties, in baked goods or even presents. You’ll find joy by making December a month of charity.