7 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

  1. Make Change

Now’s the time to grab that old cookie jar of quarters and dimes, bring it down to the bank or coin machine, and donate the proceeds to a food bank or shelter. 

2. Buy a Few Extra Cans of Soup

At Christmas time, most schools, homeless shelters, and other non-profits collect items that will be distributed or used within the organizations. Check out the causes near and dear to your heart to see if they have a Wish List. Most times, you can buy items and have them shipped directly to organizations.

3. Share Your Fuzzy Friend

You know your pet is the cutest and the best. Why should you keep all that love to yourself? Call around to nearby senior centers to see if residents might enjoy a visit from your fur baby. 

4. Think Clean

Most donations to soup kitchens and homeless shelters are food-oriented, but there’s a lot more they need. The most sought-after items are often not edible at all, but toiletries like shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, and toilet paper. Check in to find out what the centers near you could really use. 

5. Give Life

Giving blood costs you nothing, generally takes less than an hour, and could mean the difference between life and death for someone else. Keep an eye out for blood drive posters or head down to a donation center today. 

6. Donate Your Know How

There’s nothing better than using your skills to improve the lives others. No matter what your talent is, cooking or crafting a few hours of your time could make a world of difference in your community.

7. Volunteer

Consider volunteering for community service projects. You could read to children sick at hospitals or deliver meals to those in need. The new year is fast approaching and so is CUPP! Check with your local at the next CUPP info session. There may be an opportunity to get your CUPP filled and show your community the Union Difference this holiday season.