The holidays are a time to spread love and cheer… to everyone! In the midst of tackling our loved ones’ wish lists, let’s not forget about those struggling just to get by. There are plenty of ways to give back this year. Here are a few ideas of how you can get involved with your community and help fellow Pittsburghers have a wonderful holiday season! Plus, you’ll get back just as much as you give.
Donating food can be an easy way to make a huge impact! Chances are, you’re already stopping at the grocery store. If you’re able, pick up a few nonperishable items to donate to your local community. Your donations make it possible for thousands of families to share meals and memories this holiday season and beyond.
There are countless opportunities to volunteer and lend a helping hand during the holidays. You can volunteer to help veterans, get involved with a hospital, visit a retirement home and so much more. Tons of local organizations are accepting volunteers and it’s an excellent way to build a connection with your community. Heck, make it a family affair! Get everyone involved and spend some quality time giving back, together. To find the perfect volunteer opportunity near you, please visit Pittsburgh Cares, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the community.
Give Back to Children & Families
Helping underprivileged families make Christmas magic for their little ones is one of our favorite ways to give to back! Consider sponsoring a family or child in need, making a donation to those with an ill child and immense medical expenses, or provide blankets and jackets to keep them warm through Pittsburgh’s cold winter months. Even the smallest donation can take some stress off of parents and can make lasting memories for their children!
Places that Offer Shelter
Consider assisting a local shelter that are always in need of supplies and some extra hands. It can be as simple as a monetary donation or picking up some standard hygiene products, clothing, or household essentials. Some shelters even allow you to donate a meal. A little goes a long way!
Helping our Furry-Friends
Let’s not forget about our four-legged friends! Give back by helping your local shelter by donating supplies, lending a helping hand or hosting a fundraiser. And if you want to give the ultimate Christmas gift, make adoption your first option this holiday season! Adopt don’t shop for the cutest and fuzziest holiday gift under the tree this year!