What better way is there to get into the holiday spirit than by helping families in need? The holiday season is about family, good food, and charitable giving. While it is important to value and spend time with your family and friends this holiday season, it is also important to consider those that don?t have the same opportunities. These unique charitable giving ideas will improve your holiday spirit and will help out your local communities.
Arrange a charitable event
People tend to be more charitable during the holiday season. This is the perfect time to organize a charitable event. It is also the perfect excuse to throw a holiday party. Invite over all of your family, friends, and coworkers. Encourage everyone to bring a dish to share and a gift to donate. You can also request that guests bring clothes donations. Gently used clothing items provide many benefits to local charities. You can arrange for charities that pick up donations to pick up the items the day after the event.
Sponsor a family during the holidays
Sponsoring a family is a great way to increase the holiday spirit, help out a family in need during the holidays, and teach your young children about the importance of charitable giving. When you sponsor a family, you are making the important decision to take on their holiday needs. Even if you are not in a financial situation to sponsor an entire family on your own, consider sponsoring a family as a group or work achievement. You can arrange for charities that pick up donations to get the items at the end of the collecting period.
Require your children to give, before they get
Children are often exciting during the holiday season about the many new clothing items and gifts they will receive. After they open their new presents, many of their current toys and clothing items will go untouched. Before they open any presents, request that they must gift up items, before getting any new ones. Children are more likely to choose items they no longer want, with the excitement of them soon being replaced by brand new ones. You can drop these items off at your local charity or organize for charities that pick up donations to make a stop at your house. The average American purchases 10 pounds of previously used clothing each year in the U.S. It is likely that both your children and you have many items that you can donate to a local charity.
Set up a donation drop point at your house
While many families are willing to increase their charitable giving amounts during the holidays, many find it difficult to find time to do so. Setting up a donation drop point at your house makes it more convenient, and increases the number of donations to local charities in your hometown. With many charities offering charity clothing pickup services, you will simply hold onto the donations until a donation pickup comes. Charities that pick up donations find many uses for gently used clothing items. Currently, an estimated 80% of donated clothing in the U.S. is used by charitable organizations for donations to the needy, and for funding.
Research shows that 12 million tons of clothing and textile waste is thrown out in the U.S. each year. This holiday season, be a part of the solution. Find unique ways to reduce this amount of waste, while also helping out those in need in your own community. There are many ways to do this with sponsoring a family, arranging a donation drop off point, and planning a charity event just a few of the charitable options.