Caroling, gift wrapping, holiday parties, hot chocolate, tinsel and trimming, volunteering… is one of these things not like the other when you start daydreaming about your holidays?
Nearly 47 million Americans living in poverty will be approaching the most wonderful time of year empty-handed, set to experience a much different celebration season than you and your family. Giving truly is better than receiving, and what better time to put this into practice than the holidays?
First Security State Bank encourages you and your loved ones to roll up your sleeves to spread cheer in these next weeks, making your community a little brighter for all. Take a look at this list to get the wheels turning:
- Make food and dish it out- cookies and casseroles can be great gifts this time of year. You can provide them for those who don’t have the means or are short on food, as well firefighters, police officers and other public servants.
- Pack stockings for the homeless- pick out some cheap stockings and fill them with practical items. These can range from food and drink (granola bars, bottles of water, etc.) to gloves, socks and hygiene items.
- Donate old toys- kids’ toys and games can get pricey in a hurry. Purge your kids’ toys to donate to kids who aren’t as fortunate.
- Pay a visit to a local nursing home- the holidays can be tough times for elderly people living in nursing homes. A small visit or gift from a stranger could brighten their day, or even make their entire week.
- “Adopt” a family- there are many ways you can support families in our community. A food pantry would be a good place to start to find out about families in need and support them throughout the winter, the toughest time for families in need.
- Donate to a food bank- winter, especially in our area, is a difficult part of the year; it is far worse if you don’t have enough food. Food banks and food pantries could put your donation to good use.
- Have family members make a donation in your name- replace one thing on your Christmas list with the wish that in lieu of a present, a donation is made in your name to the charity of your choice.
Don’t let the holidays turn into a celebration of self-interest. A strong community is made with strong neighbors that lift each other up, so flex your compassion this season to make the holidays merry and bright for all.
First Security State Bank, Equal Housing Lender, Member FDIC