Give Back This Holiday Season!

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Ways to Give Back


With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaching full swing we have put together some ideas to give back this season. Before we get wrapped up in the crazy shopping frenzies, baking marathons, and holiday parties, lets take some time to remember those people who find themselves less fortunate than us. Giving is wonderful and needed everyday of the year, but during the holidays it can lift spirits even more.

The people that need help may be your neighbor, a friend of your child’s, a fellow church member, a family member, friend, or a stranger. There are a lot of people that are in need, and lots of ways that we can help. Some ways don’t even require money!

I encourage you to take a look at some giving options below and find one that you or you and your family can do together. All of us here at The Coupon Wizards and our entire family of sites thank you, our dedicated followers for being a part of this great community and wish you a very blessed, happy holiday season!

No Money Needed-Just Time

A lot of times we think of money when we hear of giving, but that’s not always the case. Volunteering your time can as valuable-a lot of times more valuable that monetary giving. If you’re like me and most people today, we are a very busy society and lead busy lives. Just carving out a small part of our lives for giving can make huge impacts on who we are giving to and on ourselves.

  1. Volunteer at your local food pantry- Food pantries give out food and necessities to people in their community that are in need. These are sometimes ran through church organizations and schools or community buildings. To locate local food pantries in your area, visit the Feeding American website HERE.
  2. Carol Together-Gather together your kids and maybe some of their friends and teach them a couple of simple Christmas Carols. (or use ones that they already know) Lookup a couple of nursing homes in your town and ask if you could bring the kids one day or evening to sing a few Christmas Carols to the the residents. They can go room to room and sing one, or even sing in front of a few small groups. This is a great way to teach your kids to give too and show them that giving doesn’t always have to be big and elaborate.
  3. Neighborly Giving-If you have a neighbor that is elderly or a senior citizen, you can make cute little certificates up (let the kids help here) for snow shoveling, snow blowing, or hanging their holiday lights for them. If you’re not able to do those, you can make certificates up for 3 meals during the Winter season or whatever number you come up with. Remember that some senior citizens have to abide by special diets so the certificate is a good idea. When it comes time to make the meal you can talk with them and ask them what types of foods that they like and any that they are unable to have. Better yet, you may even invite them over to your place to have a meal. Conversation and company is a welcome gift!
  4. Seek out your local shelters-Whether it be women’s shelters, or homeless shelters and ask about volunteer opportunites. Most welcome volunteer and will have a variety of options. To find shelters in your community, click HERE.
  5. Stockpile Donating-Consider donating some items to your local food pantries and/or homeless shelters, or to the family that you know is in need. I know us couponers hold our stockpiles near and dear to our hearts.While we take pride in being able to score great deals to help our families, we know that there is always another deal around the corner and we have been blessed to know how to find them. Parting with a few things will bless someone and ourselves at the same time.

Give Back-Monetary Giving-It’s Not About How Much

Sometimes we choose not to give because we don’t think we have enough money to give. In all actuality the fact is, the old saying “it’s the thought that counts,” really rings true here. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give. It truly is the thought that counts!

  1. Pay it forward-We’ve all likely heard the stories of the Mom and kids in the minivan sitting in the drive thru at a local fast food restaurant. The Mom pulls up to pay and to her surprise the vehicle in front of her already paid for her order and has already driven off. What a blessing and probably under $20! You can do this in the line at Starbucks, on the tollway, etc. Find a small opportunity and make a big impact. You never know who it will affect, but I can guarantee whoever is on the receiving end will feel so blessed.
  2. Donating At School-Ask at your child’s school (preferably the principal or administrator) if there are any kids that are in need of winter coats, gloves, and hats. The administrators and receptionists at schools along with the teachers are on the front lines and often can recognize when there is a need. You choose one child, or two, or three, or whatever number you come up with. You can then head over to your local Goodwill store, Walmart, or store of your choice and pick out a few things for them. I usually try Goodwill, or Salvation Army first. (which are thrift stores) They usually even will have 50% sales here or other promotions where you can score multiple items for cheap. Then drop them off at the school and let them deliver them to the kids in need. I do this anonymously because we as humans have a lot of pride, and I would never want to offend someone by helping. I let the principal or teachers deliver and let them know they had some items donated to the school.
  3. Use Social Media-If you personally know or have heard of a family that is struggling it can be daunting to think about how you can help them on your own. With Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media outlets, giving can become exponential in a matter of minutes, hours, or days. Last year I was in this situation. I knew of a young, single mom that worked very hard, went to college and was raising two kids. I really wanted to help, but on my own wouldn’t be able to do what I wanted to do. So I enlisted the help of my Facebook friends. I created a group called The Christmas Wish and invited friends that wanted to help into that group. Once I knew I had enough help, I contacted the mother. This would have been very difficult to pull off without knowing sizes, needs, and what the kids liked. To put it mildly she was overwhelmed, but very grateful, and I think a little shocked. I got all the pertinent information and posted it in the Christmas Wish Group. Each individual posted what they would provide and I made arrangements to pick it up, or they delivered. I was so blown away by the response. We had less than 20 people I believe, but we provided them with clothing and winter gear for each child, toys, necessities like food plus health and beauty items. We even got a few nice things for the Mom too. Then I delivered everything-including wrapping paper so she could put it under the tree and have that experience on Christmas morning with her kids. If you don’t know of a needy family the Salvation Army has an adopt a family program during the holidays and also an adopt an angel program. Read about those HERE.
  4. Salvation Army Bell Ringing Program-We all have seen the Salvation Army bell ringers out during the holiday season at the stores that we frequent. Make a point of always putting something in-even if it’s a small amount. Keep change handy and get your kids on this too. My son has a giving envelope and we use that to teach him how to give. It really makes him feel grown up and it’s a great feeling to see your child learn to give at an early age.
  5. Donate To the American Red Cross-Head over to their website and make a donation. They allocate donations to where it’s most needed. To visit the website now, click HERE.
  6. Give To Toys For Tots-A wonderful organization that you can find in your own community. Donate a new, unwrapped toy in the Toys For Tots Boxes in local stores, and our U.S. Marine Corps will deliver them to the children in need of gifts this Christmas. To visit the Toys For Tots website and find out more, or make a direct donation click HERE.
  7. Donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation-This program makes dreams, aka wishes come true for kids that have life threatening medical conditions. They make a new wish come true every 38 minutes! To visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation website, click HERE.
  8. Yummy Giving-Set aside a few of those extra goodies you are baking this season and deliver them to friends, family, firehouses, or anywhere you can think of. Be creative and spread some holiday cheer with yummy treats!

These are just a very few giving ideas that we have compiled. I encourage you to pick one or two, and give back this holiday season. Share this article with your friends and family, and lets spread the giving spirit around! God Bless!

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