Fun & Creative Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

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Shop using Amazon Smileshop Amazon like normal and a portion of your total goes to the charity of your choice

 

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Give a warm drink to the person volunteering at the Salvation Army bucket

 

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Participate in a holiday-themed 5K that supports a good causefind a local race here – Charitable Race Calendar (in DFW- Jingle Bell RunChocoholic Frolic 5K & 10K and more)

 

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If you’re hosting a party, ask each guest to bring a $5 children’s gift to donateto a local toy drive (like The Elf Society)

 

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Send warm holiday wishes to a member of the militaryquick and easy through A Million Thanks

 

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Shop small / localmy personal fav small shops w/cool gifts are JOY Creative Shop for adorb custom paper goods; DictionArt for unique vintage dictionary prints; and ZDough for homemade scented play dough for adults and kids

 

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Donate some of your airline miles – Wishes in Flight supports Make-a-Wish; Luke’s Wings supports military families

 

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Donate a sum to your local animal emergency room – to help cover the cost of a family’s emergency during the holidays

 

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Purge your closet and donate to a local shelter (in DFW- like Nexus Group or Heaven’s Attic)

 

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Leave a nice note in your mailbox for the mail carrier delivering you all your goodiesfun free printable here

 

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Offer to babysit for the single parent you know so they can run errands

 

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Go through your kids sports gear and donate to a local after school program (in DFW, my fav is Dallas After School)

 

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Collect $5 McDonald gift cards to give to the homeless#1 recommended gift so they can order themselves a hot cup of coffee with dignity

 

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Send a $10 teddy bear for a grieving child to the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas – send one on Amazon here

 

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VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME! In DFW, I got you! Come with me to this huge Christmas Party for less fortunate families in Dallas on Dec 12, 2020! If not, reach out and I’ll help you find somewhere super fun to volunteer your time!

 

 

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Here are some ideas to involve the kiddos and show them that they can make a difference too!

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Host a hot chocolate/cider stand, instead of lemonade – let them choose charity they donate to

 

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Make blankets for your local hospital – fleece fabric blankets are easy and don’t require any sewing (my fav tutorial here)

 

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Bake cookies and deliver them together – to a local nursing home or a local police or fire station

 

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Have them go through their books and choose 10 to donate – to kids who need them  (in DFW- like Genesis Women’s Shelter or Capes for Kindness)

 

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Candy cane bomb a parking lotfun free printable here

 

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Make lunch sacks to deliver to homelesshave them help make sandwiches and decorate bags

 

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Let them pick a dog/cat treat at the store – to donate to your local animal shelter

 

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Let them be a Dollar Store angelleave 5 or 10 $1 bills hidden around the store

 

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Let one of their gifts under the tree be a donation gift certificate to the charity/organization/cause of their choicefun free printables here

 

 

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Carla Sue Travels is an Amazon Affiliate, meaning I may get a small profit when you purchase an item I recommend. Everything I earn goes towards website maintenance and any “Giving Back Project“-related costs.

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