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4 Ways to give back this holiday season

Chrissy Callahan is a freelance beauty/fashion writer and editor. She has written for a variety of different websites and covered everything from NY Fashion Week to interviews with top industry professionals. For the latest beauty and fa...

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The holiday season can be so joyful, but it can also be a difficult season for those struggling with monetary or personal issues. Since we all have something to be thankful for this season, it’s time to give back! Check out our top four ideas for giving back this holiday season.

Woman donating food

Volunteer at a food shelter

It's never easy to be homeless, but it's especially difficult during the frigid winter months. This holiday season, give back to the poor by donating food to a homeless shelter and getting deep into the kitchen by volunteering to serve food. Volunteering at a food shelter isn't just good for the homeless; it's good for the soul. After all, there's nothing like that warm and fuzzy feeling you get after doing something great for someone in need.

Donate

Opportunities for donations abound during the holiday season, and sometimes it seems like you run into a new donation seeker at every corner! Whether you prefer to donate to the jolly souls collecting Salvation Army money or drop a toy in a Toys for Tots bin this holiday season doesn't matter; what does matter is that you find some small way to give back to those less fortunate.

Visit a nursing home

Elderly people who live in nursing homes can get pretty lonely, especially around the holidays. Spread some holiday cheer this season and visit a nursing home to brighten the days of some residents. Just look up a local home online and get in touch about volunteer opportunities… trust us, they'll be so thankful you contacted them!

Make a kid's day

The holidays are most kids' favorite time of year, but for sick children, they can be a pretty depressing time. Lots of children's hospitals host holiday parties to boost the morale of patients and give them a sense of normalcy, and these events are a perfect way to give back! Get in touch with your local children's hospital and ask if they're open to volunteers for their holiday party. Offer to collect toy donations, volunteer to dress up as Santa's elf -- you get the idea. Do anything you can to help put a smile on these kids' faces this season!

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