Gifts That Give Back
From remote volunteering to food donations for the hungry
Now, more than ever, we all could use a little extra cheer and kindness in our lives - particularly this holiday season. But gifts don’t always have to be physical and giving back to your loved ones, your community or a good cause is a great way to spread joy and remind people of the difference that they make to you, and the world around them.
When you shop at the GreaterGood, you generate funding that benefits people, pets and the planet. Offerings include everything from ornaments to jewelry and a section that supports Hunger Relief where you can donate to feed hungry Americans, vulnerable families, and more. There’s even an opportunity to provide masks for Covid-19 relief workers.
Finished gifting the humans in your life? If you are looking to purchase a gift that gives something back to the animal rescue community, check out the Animal Rescue Site’s Paw Print store, where every item funds food for animal rescue organizations.
The gift of giving time and volunteering*, whether socially distanced in person or digitally, is a great way to connect with others during these times of need.
Volunteering at or donating money to a soup kitchen or a food bank is also another great way to give back this holiday season, and there are many local opportunities. Many seniors are lonely these days. Volunteering or donating through an organization such as Meals on Wheels offers a vital lifeline to the most at-risk people today.
Volunteering doesn’t always have to be in person. Remote volunteering ranges from daily wellness calls to creating audio books for those with learning disabilities. Operation Gratitude lets you send letters to our servicemen overseas. AARP offers remote ways to volunteer including becoming a family helpline volunteer to creating audiobooks for students with learning differences through its Create the Good initiative. Other resources include Idealist and Volunteer Match.
Check out the Giving Tuesday website for even more ways to give back this holiday season. Now, more than ever, many non-profit organizations in your community and beyond are seeking help. The best part of this site is that it has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to donate to earthquake victims or to the LGBTQ+ community.
This holiday season is different for most. With many of us being apart, the gift of time is the most cherished. Weekly calls with older or more vulnerable relatives and friends, asking them how they are. Sending a card to show that they are in your thoughts, delivering a meal or groceries to their home, or even helping to take care of their yard or clearing snow. Any of these are a great way to show you care, as people may forget the wrapping paper, the bow and even the gift, but they will never forget how you make them feel.
Beyond that, giving back can have a major positive impact upon you, it has been known to increase happiness, lower blood pressure and ease chronic pain.