The holiday season is a time for giving. There are so many opportunities to give back to your community during these months and help those less fortunate than you.

Giving isn’t just about buying presents; it’s about helping others up. There are plenty of ways to donate your time and energy.

Here are some ideas: 

Schedule a Pickup for Goods and Clothes

Too busy to donate your time, but still want to give something? The Salvation Army has options. The Salvation Army Truck program allows you to donate goods such as clothing, furniture and household goods by scheduling a pickup at your front door. Someone will come to your home to collect your goods—that’s it! 

Visit a Nursing Home

Did you know that more than 50 percent of senior citizens in nursing homes never get visitors? No one should spend a lonely holiday season! Going to visit a few residents in your local nursing home is a unique opportunity to help and learn from older people in your community. 

Send Holiday Cards to Veterans

The Red Cross hosts a program that allows civilians to send cheerful holiday cards to active members of the military, veterans and their families. Click here to check with your local office for more details.

Donate Gently Used Winter Clothes 

Donating gently used winter clothes is another way to give back in a big way. Families with children who are struggling financially can benefit from thrift stores stocked with winter coats, gloves, scarves and hats. Your small donation can make a big difference.

Be Merry!

Giving back is fulfilling—not only to those you’re helping, but for you too. So, give thanks and be merry!