Easy Ways to Give This Holiday Season (Yes – There is Still Time)

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The holidays bring out the good in so many.  Hearts seem a little warmer and we want to help others if we can.  It may be only 8 days until Christmas, but there are still some simple ways you can give to someone who might need it.

Be Your Own Secret Santa.  Who says you have to be rich to be a Secret Santa.  Do you know what it would mean to someone to get $20 to help pay for their groceries?  Or, what if you walked up to someone filling up their car and swiped your own debit card instead?  These are such simple things you can do to help someone out this holiday season.

Cash Always Works. It seems that all of us are affected by a non-profit group in one way or another.  Perhaps your grandmother had cancer.  Maybe you were part of a Big Brother/Big Sister program growing up.  Maybe you were even part of a shelter at one time in your life.  A simple donation helps.  If you don’t have money, you can might be able to donate supplies you may have in your surplus to a local organization.

Give Them a Book. Why not pick up books and donate them to your local library or school?  These are always a welcome donation and an easy way to help children (and even adults) who love to read.

Give of Yourself.   If you don’t have money why not give your own time?  You could donate your own time to help a neighbor who needs help.   There are many charities who are always looking for another set of hands to help out.

Donate Blood.  There is always a need for blood donations. Contact your local blood bank to find out more.

Buy an Extra Sack of Groceries.  Food banks are always in need of food, especially during this time of year.  If you find a good deal at your store, pick up a few extra items and give it to a family in need.

There is always time to give.  You just have to make it a priority for yourself and it will work!