5 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season
The end of the year allows us to reflect and be thankful for our blessings. As we celebrate the season, we like to share our joy and goodwill with our families, friends, neighbors, and even strangers. We often want to share our own good fortune with those who need it most. While many people give back throughout the year, there is something about the holiday season that makes us all especially charitable. Giving back to our community also provides us with an unspoken gift that makes us feel warm and fuzzy. Check out the following suggestions for some great ways to give back this holiday season.
1. Volunteer Work
Getting personally involved is one of the best ways to give back during the holidays. Serving others is a gift to them and to yourself. Volunteerism allows us to use our skills to make a difference, encourages us to be grateful for what we have, and connects us to an extended community. The holiday season is a great time to help out at Bello Machre. From preparing food baskets, to organizing a holiday party, or buying gifts for a person supported by Bello Machre, we have volunteer opportunities where both individuals and groups can participate. If you are interested in volunteering this holiday season, contact Michele Marshall.
2. Workplace Giving
Make it a New Year’s resolution to give all year long! If you donate a few dollars each pay period, you will be able to take a nice tax deduction at the end of the year. Whether it’s $2 or $20 per paycheck, your workplace giving will add up fast. Bello Machre has a workplace giving program that helps provide support to over 300 adults and children with developmental disabilities. Even a small amount of money can go a long way at Bello Machre.
3. Shop & Give
It can be very rewarding to provide help to those in need, but not everyone has the time or resources. You can get your holiday shopping done online and still give back. Amazon Smile allows you to give back at no extra cost. Shop at smile.amazon.com, select Bello Machre as the charitable organization, and Amazon will donate a portion of your total purchase directly to Bello Machre. Using Amazon Smile, you can snag those Cyber Monday deals while helping change lives.
4. Supplies & In-Kind Donations
While time and money are always helpful, sometimes organizations need things you are already thinking of replacing. You may have winter clothes that no longer fit or slightly used furniture you want to go to a good home; many organizations would be happy to take in what you no longer need. Your in-kind donations can help Bello Machre open a new, fully-accessible home with all the basic necessities. Learn more about our wish list here.
While there are many ways to give back this holiday season, one of the best ways is through monetary donations. After a weekend of shopping in stores and online, use the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (commonly called Giving Tuesday) to share your blessings with those in need. Honor and Memorial donations also make a personal, touching present for anyone who already has all the items they want! Any donation amount can make a big difference. Bello Machre has a safe and secure, easy-to-use donation form that allows you to donate any amount of your choice.
This holiday season, no matter if you volunteer or make a donation, you can make a difference in the lives of others. As you give back this holiday season, think about ways you want to show your giving spirit throughout the new year. Also, if you have any questions about how to get involved, contact Bello Machre today.