'Tis The Season

‘Tis the season to give back. And we don’t mean buying gifts on Black Friday or purchasing for yourself this past Cyber Monday. If you missed Giving Tuesday you’re in luck. There are plenty of opportunities to give back both large and small. Who will you give back to this holiday season?

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
— Muhammad Ali

Giving Big

There are just some people who insist on doing it big each and every year. If you’re one of those people, find out how you can get involved in a big way in your community. Here are a few general ideas about how to give back:

Donate to a charity

Charities can range from local to global so take your pick. There are many large charities to get involved with. Find out more on the ultimate charity guide provided by Charity Vault.

Corporate Events

Participate in corporate events that are already organized. Let them do the organizing while you do the donating. Companies typically have a holiday drive planned or a larger event.

Our Grandview office is participating in the Tri-Village Coat Drive. They are accepting donations of new or gently used coats, hats, gloves and scarves until December 31. Give the gift of warmth this holiday season by participating in the event.

Host an Event

Create your own event to give back to your favorite charity. You can start by identifying a cause you’re passionate about and running with the event from there. Next, find out where the money for that cause needs to be invested. Whether it goes toward research and development or patient care, find a respective outlet to donate the money. Once all the details and kinks of donating work themselves out, start collecting money.

There are endless ways to create your own event during the holiday season. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Host a basketball tournament at the local gym

  • Invite all your friends and family over for a holiday bake sale event

  • Organize a pub crawl with an entry charge at each location

  • Plan a silent auction at your company’s holiday party

  • Set up an exercise class with all proceeds benefiting a cause

  • Hold your own dinner party

  • Create your own clothing or food drive

Run a 5K

Running any type of race is big work for the average person. If you’re a runner this may come as an easy task, but walking is always an option for those who aren’t as active . Get outside and get active this holiday season by donating to a cause at a local 5k race. Don’t forget your ear warmers!

Here are the lists of races happening around Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland this holiday season.

Giving Small

There’s an opportunity for everyone to achieve success in giving back this holiday season. Some of the smallest gestures can touch lives forever.

Visit a Senior Center

Since senior citizens aren’t always home for the holidays with their family this is a great way to touch their hearts in a time that may hold special meaning.

The Ohio Association of Senior Citizens has a locator tool that can help you find a center close to home.

Serve Meals

Although Thanksgiving week has passed, individuals and families are still in need of food. Volunteering at a soup kitchen or a church that provides meals is a gratifying feeling that everyone should experience once in their lifetime. Here is a directory of all the soup kitchens, pantries and food banks in the state.

Cook for your Neighbor

Neighbors are some of the more important people in life. They watch over your house when you’re gone for the holidays and their presence is a friendly reminder of how great your neighborhood is. Send over fresh baked cookies or other holiday treats to a few of your closest neighbors so they can never say you didn’t do anything for them!

Soldier Care Packages

Soldiers who are away for the holidays miss out on the family fun at home. While they’re protecting our country, you can give back by providing them a care package. There are several national organizations that put together packages to be delivered to soldiers. As much as a handwritten note could brighten their holiday season.

Support our Troops is known as America’s Military Charity. The charity has put together a guide to what you should include in the care package and how to send one.

There is a way for everyone to give back this holiday season. Some ways large and others small, but no matter the extent to which you participate, find a way to get involved!