'Tis the season to help others. Giving back is a great thing to do all year round, but the holidays tend to bring out our charitable side. While giving to charity can be fulfilling, it can also be challenging to find the time and money. Here are some great ways to give back without breaking the bank.
Clear out some cupboard and/or closet space by donating canned goods and gently used clothing to a local food or clothing bank.
Volunteer your time. Whether it's at a retirement home or a homeless shelter, a couple hours of your day can make a huge difference in someone's life.
Click for a good cause. Nowadays a number of organizations are using social media to support charities, which can make giving back as easy as a click of a mouse. For example, from November 1st to December 31st, 2011 for every new “like" on Duracell Canada's Facebook page, the company will donate $1 to the Duracell Toy Fund up to a maximum amount of $25,000. All the money raised will be given to 13 participating Canadian paediatric hospitals across the country to buy or refurbish their children's playroom toys.
“We know that Canadians' generosity can really shine during the holidays, and we truly hope Canadians will rally behind us to help make a difference to children in need,” said Victoria Maybee, for Duracell Canada. “Hundreds of thousands of children and their families spend time in Canadian hospitals every year, and together we can help make their stay a little brighter with working toys and games.”
There are many ways to make a difference during this season and it's important to remember that it's not always about how much or what you give, but rather that you are helping others in need.