Ways to Give Back During the Holidays


Decorations, presents and carols are all a wonderful part of the holiday season, but what really makes it special is the spirit of giving that comes out in all of us during the holidays. It is truly the season of giving. To make giving of yourself, your money or your time even more rewarding, make it a family affair.

Take the kids shopping for toys for any of the local charities that supply much-wanted toys for kids in need. Every child should have toys at Christmas to make their holiday memorable and make them feel they are part of this joyous season.

Here are some ideas for families to let the Christmas spirit flow:

  • Spartina 449 is hosting a Marine Toys for Tots Drive, December 1-8. Customers who bring a new, unwrapped toy will receive 15% off their entire purchase, culminating in a grand finale Christmas party on Saturday, December 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. with Christmas cookies, great cheer and raffle-prize giveaways.
  • Spa Bleu,located in the Historic Landmark District in downtown Savannah, will be taking coat and blanket donations from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
  • Greenbriar Children’s Center is looking for volunteers to help gift wrap and man their Gift Wrap Center at Oglethorpe Mall this season. To be a part of this opportunity, contact the center at: 912-234-3431.
  • The Safe Shelter is asking for help this season to Adopt a Family (member). Anyone can sign up to purchase an item for someone in need on a family’s list at their safe shelters. Adopt a Family (member).

A meaningful activity to include the entire neighborhood would be to organize a caroling group to sing those beloved carols to nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and anywhere that people are shut in. These people, usually seniors, receive very few visitors throughout the year, so during the holidays they would likely appreciate sharing a moment with a group of happy carolers singing just for them. Make this a tradition and do it every year to make theirs and yours a memorable and merry holiday.

Most kids love to help mom and dad in the kitchen especially when goodies are in the making. Baking cookies as a family to distribute to the people who serve the community is always welcome at Christmas. The jolly recipients could be firefighters, police officers, EMTs, postal workers, and any other group that serves your community throughout the year.

For charitable people who cannot lend their time, there are many other ways to contribute to the holiday season. Donations of money and goods are always appreciated at organizations such as animal shelters and community food banks. There are many ways to give back and to offer support right here in our community. If you are looking for a local charity to work with, here are some organizations and nonprofits that may be in need this season:

Everything you give will contribute to the well-being and happiness of others and yourself. That is what makes this season of giving so special.