As we near closer to the holiday season, we encourage you to take a few minutes to think about all the blessings in your life, and how fortunate you and your family are. For each one of us blessed with a warm home, warm clothing, enough food and enough to purchase gifts for loved ones; there is another family struggling to find a warm place to sleep, warm coats for themselves or their children, food to prepare a holiday meal, or money scrape together for one gift for a loved one. And, unfortunately, many people must get through the holidays without loved ones.
During this holiday season, we encourage you to take a few moments or a few dollars to give back and make this holiday season special for someone else. Here are a few ways you can help:
- Donate to a charity of your choice.
- Donate unused clothing, coats, warm blankets, space heaters and shoes to a thrift store.
- Lead a food drive at your work, home or church and donate the items to your local food bank.
- Volunteer to deliver meals or groceries to the homebound or elderly you’re connected to.
- Check in on family and friends on cold days to ensure heating elements are functioning properly.
- Show appreciation for emergency service employees by delivering baked goods to your law enforcement, fire or EMS office.
- Recruit several families and adopt a nursing home. Buy a simple gift for each resident (lotion, slippers, holiday throw blankets, etc) and arrange a time to deliver the gifts.
- Send Christmas cards to military personnel overseas. (www.operationwearehere.com or www.operationgratitude.com)
- Leave a Christmas card (and perhaps a little treat) in your mailbox for the mail carrier.
There are many other ways to give back to your local community during the holiday season, and throughout the year. We’re honored to be able to provide exceptional care, close to home, and be a part of communities where we all show support for each other.