Last month we posted about how we’re collecting for Dress for Success, but there are lots of opportunities to give back to the Triangle community over the upcoming season. If you’re looking to share some holiday cheer, consider these four ways you can help those close by.
DONATE HOW YOU CAN
One of our favorite ways to give during the holidays is with a hot meal. For $50, the InterFaith Council for Social Services (IFC) can provide a hot Thanksgiving or December meal to a local family. We’re talking a turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, bread, dessert—the works. This year, the IFC hopes to help up to 800 families. If you’d like to contribute, you can do so easily online.
Another way to donate is to our local Toys for Tots. They accept new, unwrapped toys and books to ensure more kids experience a magical holiday season. Last year, almost 2,500 children had a better holiday thanks to the program. Here’s how you can help this year.
Of course, giving doesn’t always have to be with money or things. If you’d prefer to give your time, the IFC is looking for drivers and meal assistants, and Toys for Tots is looking for places to serve as collection points or host events. Both would be great service opportunities for groups or businesses--so grab some friends and sign up soon!
PAY IT FORWARD
Paying it forward is sure to bring smiles to people’s faces, plus it often sparks a friendly challenge of “how long can we keep this going?” It’s the emotional equivalent of a keep-the-balloon-off-the-ground game. Suddenly, out of nowhere, people are bending over backwards to lend a hand and keep spirits high. Why not be the first to get it started around town? While there are many ways to pay it forward, coffee shops seem to be the prefered place of participation in recent years. See you in the drive-thru lane (and if someone buys your drink or meal, be sure to tip the waitstaff extra—they’re the ones doing the legwork!).
WRITE A THANK-YOU NOTE
Anything you’re grateful for, write it down and send it out. There’s no statute of limitations on gratitude, so even if someone did something nice for you six months ago (or six years ago), what better time than the present to deliver this feel-good present. Drop a note at a neighbor’s door, or pen a letter to a deployed soldier. The act of sharing your appreciation will make the recipient feel good while reminding you of all that’s good in your world.
ADOPT A FAMILY
If you have the means this holiday season, take a trip to the Angel Tree. There, you can choose to support a child or an entire family. There are two places to pick up your person: visit either the Crabtree Mall (by the LEGO store in the Kanki wing) or in the Triangle Town Center (by the Barnes & Noble entrance). If you prefer to shop from home, visit the Angel Tree Shopping Cart to make your contribution.
Thank you for helping make our community shine even brighter this holiday season. Your generosity is appreciated!