Tis the Season to Give Back. Ways You Can Brighten Someone Else’s Holiday Season

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Today, we are talking about ways that we can give back this holiday season. Because that is what this season is about. It isn’t about getting, although we have certainly made it that way, it is about giving. And what a wonderful world it would be if we would give to those who needed it most.

As was said in Trans siberian Orchestra “Old City Bar”

If you want to arrange it
This world, you can change it
If we could somehow
Make this Christmas thing last
By helping a neighbor
Or even a stranger
To know who needs help,
You need only just ask

There are a number of ways to give back especially during the holiday season. Whether it is a tangible gift where a percentage of proceeds goes to a cause or a direct donation, here are some of our favorite ways to get in the Christmas spirit by spreading joy to those in need.

Be a Santa to a Senior

Home Instead Senior Care partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. The company then works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments within their various locations. Each senior’s gift requests are written on a Be a Santa to a Senior bulb.

It’s so simple. Type in your zip code or the zip code of the area you would like to help and a list of senior’s pops up. Click on the bulb to see what the wish of that senior is. Many of the wishes can be completed online via an Amazon Wishlist. Purchase the item for the person and it will be sent directly to them or you can purchase in person and drop it off to the designated location for areas that are able.

We love this program and look forward to brightening the holiday’s to senior’s. Their wishes are so simple. Many are asking for robes or jeans or washcloths. It truly makes you realize that it’s the simple things that can bring the most joy.

Many senior’s have been unable to see friends or family for months and it is truly a scary time. What a perfect way to do a simple act that can really brighten someone’s day and bring a smile to their face.

ONEHOPE Wine Online Fundraiser

Yep! You can host a virtual happy hour…for charity. ONEHOPE Wine offers the opportunity to join your friends and family for a virtual happy hour for a good cause. 10% of all proceeds go to the 501c3 charity of your choice.

Yep! You can host a virtual happy hour…for charity. ONEHOPE Wine offers the opportunity to join your friends and family for a virtual happy hour for a good cause. 10% of all proceeds go to the 501c3 charity of your choice.

ONEHOPE gives you the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for meaningful causes that are near and dear to your heart through our virtual fundraisers. Once you’ve confirmed a date for your fundraiser, they will create a custom event link where friends, family, and coworkers can shop our wines and give back to your cause of choice. 10% of qualified event proceeds will go directly to the 501(c)3 nonprofit you choose.

Once your date has arrived, share your link via social media, text messages, and email to everyone you know! Tell them a bit more about the cause you are passionate about along with why you chose it, and be sure to inform them that 10% of the proceeds from their purchase will support the nonprofit you selected.

Saucony Women’s Hero Jazz Original Vintage

Shoes with a serious statement. The saucony x prinkshop Women Running Collection celebrate women who run for office or for sport. For every saucony x prinkshop item sold, Saucony will donate 10% of every sale to She Should Run, a nonprofit organization that supports female leadership in politics.

The Jazz Vintage is a celebration of our rich history in retro running. Utilizing the original features of our most iconic silhouette, the Jazz Vintage delivers a timeless style. The Jazz has stood the test of time and solidified its place as a classic in the fashion sneaker game.

LUSH Charity Pot

With a floral fragrance of ylang ylang and rosewood oils in a hydrating cocoa butter base, Charity Pot will leave your skin perfumed and soft. This rich and generous cream contains up to seven ingredients sourced from our Sustainable Lush Fund projects that support regenerative agriculture around the world.

With every purchase of Charity Pot, we donate 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small grassroots organizations.

4 Ocean

I love this company. I have been purchasing from 4 Ocean since I first discovered them a couple of years ago. I wear their bracelets every single day. For every purchase, they pull a pound of plastic and trash from the ocean.

The bracelets are awesome and come in a variety of colors. Each color represents a different marine animal in need of our protection. In addition, they have water bottles, masks, reusable items, hats and more!

Adopt a Koala

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is supervised and carried out by 4 paid staff including the Clinical Director, Assistant Clinical Director, Administration Manager and Leaf Collectors along with about 140 volunteers.

For $70 dollars, you can “adopt” a koala in Australia. If you live in Australia, the cost is $60. Your adoption helps with the rescue and treatment of sick and injured koalas and release back to their home range where possible.  Your adoption also assists with the conservation and expansion of habitat, collection of information for research relating to habitat, disease, nutrition and habits of wild koalas.  It also helps to provide educational material to increase public awareness of all aspects of the koala.

You can “adopt” a wild koala or adopt one that is being rehabilitated at their facility or one that is a permanent resident because it cannot be reintroduced to the wild. There are 12 koalas who live permanently at the Koala Hospital.

To adopt a koala… and who wouldn’t want to know they helped save a koala for Christmas?! check out their adoption page.

Everlyne Gold Friendship Bracelet In Blush Dichroic Glass

Designed for the everyday, the Everlyne Gold Friendship Bracelet in Blush Dichroic Glass is the perfect combination of chic and casual. Featuring a Blush Dichroic Glass accent in our signature shape, braided cord, a medallion accent, and two playful tassels, this friendship bracelet is an effortless addition to your jewelry box. Whether worn alone or stacked, we just know you’re going to love the Everlyne Gold Friendship Bracelet.

20% of proceeds from every purchase of this bracelet benefits breast cancer research and awareness.

Give to Shelter Pets

Stray Rescue St. Louis

Wolf Spirit Rescue

Contact your local shelter.

There are a number of ways to give back to those who can’t speak for themselves. Each holiday season, we shop Black Friday at local pet stores to purchase, treats, beds and toys to take to our local shelters.

In addition, there are several rescues that do Secret Santa opportunities for the dogs that are currently looking for furever homes with their rescue. This is a great chance to help a pup in need.

Be an Elf

On this page you will learn how to find a postal branch that offers label scanning, so you can mail your gifts in time for Christmas using the bar-coded address label you printed out with your letter.

But first, let’s recap: in 2020 the USPS Operation Santa ® program is now online, and Christmas volunteers across the nation are able to read and adopt letters on the new website, and later send their gifts directly to kids and families from any of 19,000 postal branches that offer “label scanning.”

Letters to Santa must be mailed by December 14th. In 2019, volunteers adopted letters so quickly when the pilot online program launched that there were not enough needy letters to adopt at the website! People had to come back the next day, by which time postal staff had posted more letters.

More information can be found on the Be An Elf website.

Grounds and Hounds

To our four-legged friends, each day is a new adventure, full of possibilities and excitement. Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. was born out of our passion to give back to the animals who selflessly provide us with so much happiness.

20% of all profits generated by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. are used to fund innovative and impactful rescue programs throughout the country. We strive to support the hard-working organizations and volunteers who fight for our friends day in and day out, and we promise to deliver an amazing cup of coffee along the way! 

All Grounds & Hounds green coffee 100% Arabica, specialty grade coffee. After sourcing our green coffee from the top growing regions around the world (Peru, Colombia, Sumatra, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua), we then let our master roaster go to work. Our coffees are small batch roasted and require the skillful hand of our roast master to create the perfect beans for the perfect brew.

Father Tom Family Coffee

 Family Coffee is a project of Missioners Caminando Por La Paz – Guatemala. The project was founded by Maryknoll Mission Father Thomas Goekler ,MM.  Maryknoll affiliates continue various projects in Guatemala City including an Education Program which places marginalized youth in local schools and universities.

They receive donations from a small core of dedicated donors they continue search strive for helpful individuals.  When these individuals purchase their coffee they provide materials for tutoring sessions that offered to the children they serve. The parents of many of these poor kids can not afford to offer then any other educational opportunity.

Those are just some of the ways you can give back to those in need this holiday season. Whether it is the simple act of “adopting” a koala, helping a senior with a gift that will warm their heart and make them feel loved or helping a child, there are so many ways to give back and truly get involved in the spirit of giving.

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