Serve the Community this Holiday Season
While the holidays are full of family, food, and gifts, we mustn’t forget to give back to those around us. There are many ways you can serve the community this holiday season using your time and talents. Keep reading for a few ideas!
Ways to Serve the Community this Holiday Season
Serve at a Soup Kitchen
While this may sound like a cliché, soup kitchens need help this time of year. Serving at a soup kitchen usually involves a half-day commitment where you help prep, serve, and clean up.
Ring the Salvation Army Bell
You have probably seen those people in front of a grocery store like Walmart ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. The tradition of the Salvation Army’s red kettle began in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the poor in San Francisco. His goal was to feed 1000 of the city’s poorest people on Christmas Day. Captain McFee placed the first “kettle” at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street and raised the money he needed. If you’re interested in joining this long-standing tradition register to ring!
Volunteer at a Food Bank
No one should ever go hungry, especially during the holidays. Find a local food bank in your community and help assemble boxes for food distribution.
Serve your Community Nursing Home
Get a group together and find a nursing home in your community to carol at! Many nursing home residents are lonely this holiday season, and what a better way to serve than bringing them music and joy!
You can also put together a care package for seniors or write and send out thoughtful holiday cards. Many programs exist where you can get a wish list from a senior at your local nursing home to get the products they need.
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