5 Thoughtful Ways To Give Back During The Holidays

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It’s always important to show gratitude, but if there is any better time to give back, it’s during the holidays. With Thanksgiving around the corner, everyone should do their part in showing appreciation for what they have, but also compassion for what others don’t have. Many can agree, the feeling of giving and helping someone in need, is far better then the feeling of receiving something. Giving doesn’t always need to be monetary; it can involve your time and energy. Here are some creative ways for you to give back during the holiday season.

1. Anonymous Donations- Do Something Unexpected We now live in a world, where if you “don’t post about something, it didn’t happen”. But have you ever tried doing something anonymously or without recognition. Giving in secret is great because the recipients won’t know whom the gift came from. This also eliminates the feeling of embarrassment or feeling ashamed of needing help. Do something randomly for a co-worker that is struggling to makes ends meet, help an elderly lady carry her groceries to the car, or buy a coffee for car in back of you in the drive through line. The act of doing something unexpected feels amazing. At the end of the day, the true satisfaction in giving lies within, not online.

2. Take Care of Your Waiters- Over Tip,  Some people rely on specific sources of income to make their living. You probably have people in your life that you see regularly throughout the year such as hair stylists, mailmen, dry cleaners, local bartenders, servers, even garbage men. While some of these people expect tips and others don’t, its always important to show your appreciation, and what better time then the holidays. End the year on a positive note and take care of the people that take care of you. There’s nothing better for people in the service industry than to get a big fat tip.

3. Soup Kitchens- Most soup kitchens and shelters open their doors to many people in need each year. Carve out a few hours of your day and welcome in the homeless with a warm dinner. Here are some places where you can participate in Orange County.

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen- 720 W 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (949)548-8861

Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County- 8014 Marine Way Irvine, CA 92618 (949) 653-2900

Marys Kitchen– 517 W Struck Ave Orange, CA 92867 (714) 633-0444

 

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4. Toy Drive- No child should go without a gift during Christmas. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this holiday is symbolic and universally represents the season of “giving”. Donate a toy through your local church, shelter, or non-profit.

Choc Children Holiday Drive- December 15th – 8:00am-3:00pm 557 S. Main Street Orange, CA 92868

Family Services Orange County- 1 Federation Way, Suite 220 Irvine, CA 92603 (949) 435-3460

Orangewood Children’s Foundation- 1575 E. 17th St. Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 619-0200

Families Forward- 9221 Irvine Blvd. Irvine, CA 92618 (949) 552-2727

Canyon Acres Ranch- 18302 Irvine Blvd., Suite 300 Tustin, CA 92780 (714) 383-9349

 

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5. Clean Out Your Closet- Is your closet overflowing with clothes you haven’t worn in years? Take some time out of your day and donate the articles you don’t care for. Oversize coats, sweaters, and blankets are necessities during the cold winter months, even in California. Perhaps you and your family can rummage through your house and gather all the excess belongings that don’t serve a purpose. Old furniture, appliances, sheets, towels, blankets, socks, even old Christmas decorations, are all things that would be appreciated. Donation centers and non-profits make it as effortless as possible for you to drop your belongings off without any problems or wait. Listed below are a few places where you can drop of your belongings.

Goodwill Donation Center- 5500 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618

Orange County Rescue Mission- 1 Hope Drive Tustin, CA 92782

The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center- 16119 Brookhurst St. Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Working Wardrobes- Kettering Street Irvine, CA 92614

 

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