Christmas is about giving-we all know that, but I think sometimes we focus on things that are too materialistic and too "big" for what the season is really about. I think we focus on ourselves and not a lot on people out there who are struggling.
So while the economy has definitely changed things for some of us, there are a lot of ways that you can give back to help others without even realizing it. Consider some of these options, whether just for Christmas or year-round.
1. Cartridges and Cell Phones
You might not know it, but if you're throwing these out, you're throwing out money. For the amount of product needed to get some cash back is unrealistic for the average joe, there are great organizations out there collecting these. In my hometown alone, I know of two locations: the local library and the Special Ed program at P.C.I. If you donate to the library, money that is raised gets put towards new materials for the library. If you donate to the high school special ed program, money is raised for new equipment for challenged students. Both are awesome programs.
Agencies involved in the recyclable program include:
- Phone: 1-204-949-9163
- The Canadian Hearing Society
The Canadian Diabetes Foundation collects items to sell to Value Village, all of which they will pick up from your doorstep. Simply phone them and make arrangements. As well, MCCs of Canada collect donations in which their proceeds go directly towards projects around the world-clean water, clothing projects, housing, education, etc. Getting involved and donating things you no longer use is an awesome way of teaching kids that it's good to give to others, especially as they're looking forward to new toys.
3. Hampers and shoe boxes
4. Give donations as gifts
So, now that you've got ideas, what's your plan on giving back???