5 Charitable Ways You Can Contribute To Your Community

It is the season of gift guides, holiday food recipes and celebrations, and while we are getting in the holiday spirit, it can be easy to lose track of what this time of year is really about. Here at Odacité, the holidays mark an inspiration to give back, spread kindness and pay it forward, even in the smallest ways.

Kindness is so contagious and can go a long way especially during the holidays. Whether you make a physical donation of goods or donate your time, there is no method of giving back that is too small to matter. You are not only making a difference in at least one person’s life, but you too will also feel the joy that comes from giving to others.

Today I am sharing with you 5 inspiring ways you can give back this holiday season through your community.

 

Support Organizations That Also Give Back

Undoubtedly you are going to be shopping for holiday gifts so why not support businesses that also give back as an added bonus. There are lots of limited edition holiday gifts that benefit a wide variety of foundations and programs.

 

Donate Belongings

This is the perfect time to clean out your closet and make a donation pile. This can range from clothes, toys and unused toiletry items. Then make a trip to a local homeless shelter or Salvation Army to donate your extra belongings to those that need them much more than you do.

 

Find A Cause You Care About

If you haven't yet, this is a great time to find an important cause that hits home for you. That could mean anything from going to your local soup kitchen and connecting with special people you meet, or volunteering at a animal rescue shelter. You will find that participating in a cause you care about will add fulfillment to your life. Getting active now in your community is great, but continuing to give back the entire year will be amazing.

 

Rescue A Furry Friend

I am a strong believer that there is no better gift to receive than the love of a furry friend. If you are considering adding a pet your family, this is the perfect season to visit your local shelter and rescue a dog or cat in need of a home. You can check ASPCA’s Shelter Finder or PetFinder to get your search started.

 

Perform Small Acts of Kindness

Studies show that people who smile more in social settings are less likely to be depressed. So even something as simple as smiling when you pass by someone, or giving a compliment that can positively influence someone’s day is enough to pay it forward.

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