There are many things that we look forward to over the holiday season such as spending time with our loved ones, exchanging gifts, and being able to have tasty meals that are complemented by good conversations.
But not many people are fortunate to have such things surrounding them. You can make a difference by sharing the festive spirit and using the gift of giving to put a smile on someone's face. Here are a few ways in which you can give back this holiday season.
Santa shoe project
The gift that keeps on giving is one of the ways you can donate this holiday season. Santa Shoebox Project is an initiative that collects and distributes personalised gifts of essential items and treats for underprivileged children. You can choose to send a shoebox packed with goodies for the children in South Africa and Namibia or donate towards that charity that has now helped put a smile on 858 673 children's faces.
Share a meal
Food and music are two things that can unite and uplift people, so why not share a meal? You can opt to keep things simple by cooking a meal for the less fortunate on the streets, orphans, or the elderly. Donating non-perishable foods can also be something you can consider.
Find a local charity that you can support
There is an extensive range of charities that you can volunteer services or donate to during the festive season. Research centres that are close to you and bring your friends and family along to make it a memorable day. One of these charities could be the Mustadafin Foundation that hosts Christmas lunches in poverty-stricken communities, hospitals, and disadvantaged areas.
Wrap up gifts for the elderly
Visiting an elderly relative or neighbour during the festive season is something that can lift their spirit, especially if they are not able to visit their loved ones or lost their loved ones. You can also choose to purchase or make a gift for them.
Sometimes all it takes is a simple gift, giving your time or lending an ear during the festive holiday to uplift someone's spirit. Getting your friends or loved ones involved can make it easier to plan or collect things that you can donate towards the charity of your interest.