Giving Beyond the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is often a popular time for philanthropy and giving back to others. There are countless ways to give back to others and the community. Choosing to focus on others and how to help – not just throughout the holiday season, but throughout the entire year – could lead to starting a new family tradition. This doesn’t mean you have to take a day off work or a weekend to do something. It can be a simple act of kindness or a small donation. The point is it doesn’t take much to be a good person. Pay it forward, spend a little time helping someone out or do something to lift someone’s spirits. The holiday season usually sparks those sentiments for a lot of people, but try doing it once a month throughout the year. In case you were having difficulty finding something to do for someone else, here are a few helpful suggestions to get you started.

Taking Time

Take some time out of the day to stop by the local animal shelter, homeless shelter or nursing home to see what options are available to get involved in. The Lansing community is home to some pretty, fantastic volunteer opportunities. Consider working a community event or helping to make the community cleaner by picking up some unwanted trash in the streets. It doesn’t have to be complicated; what’s important is that you get involved. Just remember that not everyone has someone, and it can be helpful to give time rather than money. For more volunteer opportunities in the Lansing area, visit lansingmi.gov/747/Volunteer-Opportunities.

Giving

Consider starting a toy drive or a donation box at work for a local nonprofit where everyone can contribute an item or two. Take up a collection to donate money to a local charity or someone in need. Brighten someone’s day and give a fun treat to a co-worker or pay it forward in a drive-thru. Clean out your closet or toy chest and donate some old clothes or toys that don’t serve a purpose anymore. Sometimes even giving a kind word does the trick. Remember, it costs nothing to be kind to others.

Think of Others

Go out of your way to help someone out. Foster an animal from a local shelter or maybe even sponsor a family for the holiday season. You don’t always have to go out of your way for others, but it can be something that means a lot to someone else when you do. Take some cookies to a local nursing home or cook a small meal for the widow down the block. It doesn’t have to take your money or a lot of your time, but the feeling you get when you see that smile emerge on that person’s face will be worth it.

Giving doesn’t have to end just because the holidays have come and gone. Giving back should be something everyone practices 365 days a year. It doesn’t take much to be kind to others and to lend an extra hand here and there when we are able. It’s all for the good of the community, and the Lansing community is full of amazing people who are constantly doing amazing things. By working together to each do a small part, the local community can continue to achieve great things.

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