The holidays bring with them a lot of emotions. Happiness while spending time with loved ones. Sadness from remembering loved ones lost. Joy in remembering the true meaning of Christmas. Wonder in experiencing the magic of the season through a younger generation. Kindness in giving gifts.
For many, that compassion extends beyond giving gifts to friends and loved ones. People want to give back during the holidays, and while there certainly are many obvious, different opportunities to help others during the holiday season, sometimes it is good to think outside the box.
Spread the Friendly – How to Help Others During the Holidays
Making a positive impact in the world can take many forms during the holidays. You can shovel snow for a neighbor. You can visit a nursing home. You can donate money or toys to organizations that help people in need. You can bake cookies and deliver them to local businesses to show your appreciation. You can invite military members who are away from their families to spend the holiday with you. You can pay for the person behind you in line in a drive-through. There are an unlimited number of ways to impact people lives for the better.
One way that I like to help spread the friendly is by preparing small care packages and keeping them in my car. We often encounter homeless people near the exit ramp to the expressway, and while we always try and give them some money, I wondered about what other things they might need. Obviously, money for food is a priority but what about personal care items? What about socks, hats, mittens? With some plastic containers (and lids), some personal care items, and some seasonal must-haves, you can easily create personal care kits for people in need.
The kit above contains a winter hat, gloves, deodorant, a bar of soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a gift card so they can buy anything else that they may need. You can put anything you want in there, socks, snacks, a washcloth, even cash. Pop the lid on and leave a few of them stacked in your car to hand out as needed.
It’s a small gesture that will be greatly appreciated.
When it comes to choosing products to put into these care kits, you can help give back a second time by researching the products and choosing ones that also try to make a positive impact on the world. For example, hello products is always looking for ways to “spread the friendly.” So much so that this year alone they have donated close to $350,000 in products to charity. That’s a whole lot of friendly!
By putting hello products in the care kits, it’s almost like you are giving back twice. Imagine if all of the products you chose gave back! You can create packages for the homeless, nursing home residents, deployed military and more.
For more information about hello products visit: www.hello-products.com
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