We are so lucky and blessed to have so much. At this time of the year we are reminded that some are not as fortunate and need help. One of the best ways to help is by volunteering.
Volunteering at a food bank
No matter what you do, volunteering is a selfless act that will help transform the lives of many people over the holiday season. You can search for volunteering opportunities online. You could lend a hand in a charity shop, help out at a soup kitchen, volunteer for a charity helpline, or volunteer to wrap presents for disadvantaged children.
Another way to donate to your local food bank and help those in need this Christmas is to head to the supermarket and get food for the sole purpose of donating it to the food bank.
Visit the Elderly
Statistics suggest that as many as one in three elderly people feel lonely and isolated, which can lead to depression and a decline in physical health and well being. If you have any elderly neighbors, even just starting a conversation with them can have such a positive impact. You can also offer to help with practical tasks like shopping or dog-walking or offer to help them get to medical appointments and other activities. Bear in mind that the latter is probably only recommended if you have a pre-existing relationship with them, as a stranger might be intimidated or scared by someone they don’t know intruding on their life.
There are a wide range of opportunities to volunteer at a food bank, particularly around the Christmas period. Whether you wish to volunteer as a warehouse volunteer, a food bank center volunteer, as a social enterprise volunteer, or even as an office volunteer, there is plenty you can do to help those less fortunate at Christmas. Find out how you can help on the Volunteer Ontario website.
Perform simple, random acts of kindness
Simple, unexpected acts of kindness at Christmas can really brighten someone’s day and make you feel great about yourself as well. You could…
- Give a generous tip to a friendly customer service worker like a waiter or barista
- Buy a homeless person a sandwich and a hot drink
- Help someone who’s struggling with their luggage on the bus or train
- Give up your seat to someone on a busy bus or train
- Buy your friend chocolate (or a drink in the pub!) when they’re feeling down…and listen thoughtfully if they need to vent
- Give genuine compliments
Caring for others is what makes this time of the year special. We can all help to make a difference in the life of someone in need.
Wishing you peace and happiness!
From Your Blue Heron Family