At our core, in order to feel fulfilled, we all need a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. We are tribal organisms and feeling like we are a contribution to those arounds us is a vital part of our physical and mental health.
When you feel like you are contributing to the common good, you feel less stressed and are able to live with a sense of gratitude.
Being of service to someone in need helps us to feel useful and connected to something larger than ourselves.
It really doesn’t matter what your reasons for helping someone less fortunate are. It can be spiritual, altruistic, religious, financial or even health related. When we go out of our way to help someone else, we end up helping ourselves.
I believe being of service is an important part of living a full, healthy and meaningful life.
Which is why I put together this quick guide to giving back this holiday season.
Here are 8 easy ways you can be of service and pay it forward:
So many families are one crisis away from homelessness. Bringing Hope Home was created to help support families struggling because of a cancer diagnosis. Their adopt-a-family program gives you the options to donate gift cards, directly pay a family’s bills or start a fundraising campaign for a family in need.
The Red Cross makes donating personal and easy by allowing you to choose the cause you want to support and much you’d like to give. They also give you the option of making a donation in a loved one’s name as a gift. They will send a complimentary holiday card to a recipient of your choice. You can choose to donate to provide shelter, food, disaster relief, vaccinations, blood services or veterans services.
Recognizing that every child deserves to feel the joy of Christmas, The Salvation Army Angel Tree program provides Christmas trees, new clothing and toys to more than one-million children in need each year. Once a child is accepted as an Angel, donors like you can shop for their Christmas wish list. Simply pick a tag off the Angel Tree located inside your local Walmart store or click the link to follow the instructions to shop online using Walmart’s Spark Good Registry. Once the gifts are received, The Salvation Army will distribute them to families in need for Christmas morning.
Toys for Tots has local campaigns across the country that make it possible to help children in your area by donating toys. Most local campaigns have in-person drop off locations or their own Amazon link that can be used to view wish-lists and buy toys remotely. Or you can make a cash donation by clicking here, 97% of all donations go directly to providing toys to disadvantaged children. If you know of any families struggling this year, Toys for Tots also makes it easy to request a toy for a child in need.
Soldiers Angels helps support military families who live on a very tight budget. Their adopt-a-family program pairs donors with a family in need, who you directly buy gifts and groceries gift cards for. It is a special and personal way to give back to the men and women who protect our country.
Read letters to Santa and help make a holiday wish come true. The USPS receives thousands of letters to Santa each year and most go unopened. Operation Santa is an easy and fun way to bring the magic of Christmas to a child. Sign up now so you’re ready when letter adoption begins on November 20.
The Make-a-Wish foundation delivers hope to children dealing with critical illnesses by making wishes come true. Their website makes it easy to contribute any amount that you can.
Cradles to Crayons pairs children in need with donors who are willing to provide two new or gently used outfits. It’s an inexpensive way to make a difference for a child experiencing clothing insecurity.
This world is full of “problems.” I hope this post inspires you to spend more of your energy being a part of the solution.
Most of these organizations also have local chapters near you that are looking for volunteers if you prefer something more hands-on.
Almost all of these 8 options have the added bonus of being tax deductible. There’s really no reason not to.
Cheers to being a part of the solution ✌🏻
Hi, I’m Jessi!
For the past 10 years, I’ve been helping people of all ages & fitness levels reframe their relationship with movement. As a Holistic Fitness Trainer, I not only train people’s bodies, I also help them shift their mindsets to see movement as a tool for mental well being & physical vitality.
My goal is to inspire people to befriend movement again & to learn to love their bodies, so they can live pain-free & motivated.
The list of my experience & training continues to grow. My coaching style focuses on strong foundations of body awareness & stabilization. I combine techniques from Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, Massage Therapy & Mindfulness to craft well thought out & customized training plans to support all clients.