While the holiday season is a time of festive winter decorations, joyous traditions and exchanging gifts with the people we love, it is also a time to support those who need it most.

Whether you volunteer, give your time virtually, or simply donate money, there are many great ways to give back this holiday season while staying safe.

Simple Ways You Can Give Back This Holiday Season

2020 has been a difficult year for many people due to the pandemic. If money is a bit tight, or you need to save for your own holiday activities, don't worry. There are plenty of ways to make an impact by donating your time and efforts.

Here are some suggestions for helping those in need this holiday season.

Support Local Food Banks

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More than 40 Million Americans are currently dealing with some form of food insecurity. Organize a virtual food drive to raise money for your local food pantry. You can also volunteer to stock shelves or deliver meals to vulnerable members of the community.

Thank Emergency and Essential Workers

Not everyone can take time off during the holidays to be with loved ones. Deliver cards or treats to show appreciation to your health care workers, service members, and first responders.

Many of us have also relied heavily on mail carriers, package couriers and delivery drivers while staying at home during the pandemic. Consider leaving bottled water, pre-packed snacks, and a thank you note to brighten their day.

Donate Blood

Donating blood, plasma, and platelets is literally giving the gift of life. The only cost to you is your time, and it makes a huge difference for those who need it. Schedule a donation here and help avoid blood shortages.

Send Letters to Senior Citizens or Hospital Patients

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Senior living facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals have changed their visitor policies this year to protect against COVID-19 outbreaks. This has unfortunately left many residents feeling isolated. Help them feel less alone by writing a letter or sending a . If you have kids, have them create a festive drawing.

Participate in a Toy Drive

Around 13 million children in America live in poverty and many won’t receive any presents this holiday season. Purchase some extra toys and drop them off at a local toy drive to help ensure every has a child has a gift to enjoy this year. Local media organizations often partner with charities like Toys for Tots or the Boys & Girls Club and can be a great resource to find locations and hours.

Offer Help to an Elderly Neighbor

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The cold weather can make it hard for those with limited mobility to get around in winter. Offer to shovel their walkways when it snows or carry the trash from their doorstep to the curb to make their day just a little bit easier. Remember to keep social distancing in mind and communicate with them via phone to see how you can be most helpful.

Reach Out to Veterans

For most people, the holidays are about spending time with family and friends. But there are veterans around the country who don't have anyone to share the season with. Reach out to to find out the best way to help these heroes and their families in your community.

Help Your Local Animal Shelter

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Humans aren't the only ones who can use a little joy during the holiday season. Volunteer to walk dogs or help clean the cat rooms at a local animal shelter. Fostering helps clear space for the rescue homes to save more pets. Plus, you’ll get to celebrate the season with a very grateful furry friend.

Reconnect with Old Friends

Giving back doesn’t need to be about helping strangers. Your friends and family could likely benefit from some extra holiday cheer too. Send someone a funny meme via text or mail holiday cards with personalized messages to people you won’t be able to celebrate with in person.

These are just a few ideas for how you can bring hope, kindness, and holiday cheer to others while staying safe during the pandemic. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your busy holiday schedule, and little by little, you’ll make a difference for those who need it most.

We wish you all a very Happy Holidays from the team at WIN Home Inspection.