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Spotlight: How People Pay it Forward in the Holiday Season

It always seems that people are in more of a giving mood around the holidays. Maybe it’s the spirit of the holiday season, but more people volunteer their time and resources around Christmas than any other time of the year. Giving back around the holidays can make such an impact on your community, your own happiness, and your relationships with family and friends! Here are some examples of how people do their part and pay it forward in the holiday season.

Bear Tree:

Abuelo’s restaurant in Lakeland, Florida has a “bear tree” each year. They get the bears locally. When guests eat at the restaurant, they are given the opportunity to buy a gift tag for a small donation. They then take their tag & put it on whatever bear or plush they would like to sponsor. Each year over 500 stuffed animals are donated in the Lakeland area!

pay it forward in the holiday season

Girl Scout Troop Toy Drive:

Troop 1825 is doing their part to help other kids have a wonderful Christmas. They are collecting new toys to benefit foster children in need through the Children’s Home Society. The girls are so excited to deliver the toys next month.

pay it forward in the holiday season

Mitten Tree:

Lititz Public Library in Pennsylvania has a mitten tree where visitors can donate new hats, mittens, gloves, socks, scarves, and umbrellas. They are also accepting books to be donated this holiday season. The donations will be given to local families.

pay it forward in the holiday season

Coat Drive:

Cara and Jess partnered with Hands on London for the #WrapUpLondon initiative, where coats are collected to be given to local charities and community groups. Cara and Jess spent a day sorting all of the donations. The coats will be given to people who are homeless, refugees, fleeing domestic violence, and those at risk of living in poverty.

pay it forward in the holiday season

Sponsor a Child:

Java Angels Coffee Shop in Bonney Lake, Washington has a program where patrons can sign up to sponsor a child. Children in need list things that they want as well as things that they need, and each tag represents one gift. This is a great way to help make sure all children have something to open on Christmas morning.

pay it forward in the holiday season

Donate to a Food Pantry:

Lauren Molino-Muller and her fellow real estate agents from Stony Point BHG Rand Realty collected food to donate to a local pantry. By doing this, they’re helping make sure that everyone in their community has a warm, holiday meal!

pay it forward in the holiday season

Gift Collection for Seniors:

GEF Seniors Housing in Alberta, Canada, participated in the 5th annual Stocking Stuffers for Seniors event. This event helps decorate stockings and collect donations for senior citizens. The program supports 4,000 seniors in the Edmonton area and around 17,000 seniors across Western Canada.

Stocking Stuffers for Seniors
The amount of ways to volunteer in your community are endless. If you don’t have much free time on your hands, there are plenty of ways to still give back that are quick and easy. Just remember, it’s the intention and effort that truly make a difference. Think about how you can help someone this holiday season.

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