From decorating your home and baking holiday treats to singing carols and hosting gatherings, you and your family likely have your own ways of making the holiday season special. But the holiday season is also called “the season of giving,” and we must take time this season to think of others.
Due to the global pandemic, many people and families have been impacted in 2020, whether physically, financially, or emotionally, making it more important than ever to find ways to give back this holiday season.
As Maya Angelou once said, "I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back."
While traditional ways of giving back, like volunteering at shelters, may be restricted, this does not mean that the season of giving is on hold. There are other ways that you and your family can spread positivity and holiday cheer. WellAge Senior Living communities in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Nevada, want to share some safe and socially distant ways to give back this holiday season!
1. Make a Donation on Behalf of a Family Member
If there is a charity or cause that is significant to a member of your family, consider giving back this holiday season by making a donation in their name. Whether you want to honor a family member’s memory or get the person who has everything something special, making a donation to a great cause in their name is a meaningful way to give back and help others.
2. Donate to Food or Toy Drives
We often take what we have for granted. While the holiday season for many of us is about holiday meals and opening presents, this is not the case for some families. This is even more true this year as more individuals and families have been impacted by the loss of employment and financial strains.
To give back this holiday season, consider donating to a food or toy drive. By doing so, you are helping to ensure that every individual has something to eat, and each child has a present to open on Christmas morning.
The current global pandemic has made it significantly harder for “at-risk” individuals to go shopping for the groceries and household supplies they need. A great way to give back this holiday season is to volunteer to deliver these essential items to those who need to remain socially distant.
While this may not be a traditional way to give back, it is a good way for us to come together and help each other during these uncertain times.
Meal on Wheels and Help at Your Door are two great resources dedicated to providing meals, services, and necessities to those who are more vulnerable during these times.
4. Host a Virtual Fundraiser
A fundraiser is an effective way to raise awareness and funds for a specific cause or organization. However, with social distancing recommendations and additional safety precautions in place, we encourage you to take your fundraiser virtual!
For example, instead of a traditional holiday cookie swap, hold a virtual recipe auction or exchange. Have your guests bring their favorite cookie recipes to the virtual celebration and sell them to other participants, with all proceeds going to a specific cause. Or, host a virtual game night, incorporating special fundraising rules into each of the games you and your friends and family play. Whatever the event, make sure to highlight the mission of raising money and giving back this holiday season!
WellAge Senior Living’s goal is to ensure the safety of residents, their families, and our team members this holiday season and all year round. We are so grateful for all the emergency and essential workers who have dedicated themselves to helping us keep our senior living communities in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Nevada, a safe place to live and work.