10 Ways to Give Back During the Holiday Season

Monday, November 15, 2021

During the season of giving, create new family traditions to help your community, whether it’s volunteering or collecting items. Your simple acts of kindness have a lasting impact on those in need and instill a sense of community in your children. Check out our list of 10 ways families can give back to their community.

  1. Volunteer 
    Many organizations need volunteers who can help out a few hours a month. Research volunteer opportunities with your family and decide together which organization you want to help. 
  2. Donate Non-Perishable Food Items to a Local Food Bank
    When grocery shopping, pick up extra non-perishable food items such as beans, vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, or pasta. Many food banks need these items throughout the year, not just during the holiday. Since 1986, the PV Community Food Bank has provided wholesome, nourishing meals to individuals and families living within the boundaries of PVSchools. 
  3. Collect Outerwear
    Most people tend to update their wardrobes during the fall and winter seasons with new coats, jackets, and sweaters. Organize a coat drive and ask friends, family members, and neighbors to donate a few items. Homeless shelters across the Valley need these items. 
  4. Donate Blood
    Throughout the year, blood banks are in constant need of donations. By donating blood, you are helping to save lives. Schedule your appointment today.
  5. Donate Pet Supplies
    Animal shelters provide care and temporary homes for dogs, cats, and critters while they are in transition to finding their “furever” homes. Consider donating pet food, litter, blankets, and other pet supplies to an animal shelter.
  6. Make a Monetary Donation
    If you don’t have time to collect items for a specific organization, you can always make a monetary donation, which you may be able to deduct from your taxes. Did you know that the PV Schools Education Foundation funds a handful of projects and programs that directly benefit PVSchools students and teachers? A few of these projects and programs include PSAT testing for all sophomores, PVSchools District Spelling Bee, PVSchools Annual Fine Arts Festival, and much more.
  7. Collect Toys and Children’s Books
    You can hold a toy and children’s book drive in your community and donate the items to a hospital or a child crisis center.
  8. Collect Hygiene Products 
    Shelters need basic hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, diapers, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and toilet paper, to name a few of the items.
  9. Random Acts of Kindness
    Your neighbors will appreciate a random act of kindness whether it’s helping with yard work, cooking an extra meal, or simply baking cookies.
  10. Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree
    Many less fortunate children in the Valley may not receive one gift this holiday season. The Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree provides the opportunity for you to make a difference during the season of giving. Take your child to a participating mall or shopping center to select a tag from the tree, buy a gift, and return it to the collection box.