The holiday season is rapidly approaching. After Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas seem like they are a blink away. With the holiday season comes sugar and spice and all that’s nice — family time, big meals, tasty treats, Christmas carols, warm beverages, and of course, presents!

While we are all eagerly anticipating Santa, it’s important to remember to give back to the community this Thanksgiving and Holiday season. This is the time to spread joy, love, and generosity. Many families have a charity that they work with or donate to around the holidays. If this is something that is new for you and that you want to challenge yourself with this season, you’re in the right place. Today we’re going to list out a few impactful ways to serve your community this holiday season. Giving back to your community is essential at anytime of the year, and especially so when the holidays are inching closer and closer. Continue reading to learn how you can give back to those in your community this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Adopt A Family

If you’re looking for a wonderful way to share the joy of the Christmas season, consider adopting a family to give gifts to. For some families and individuals, giving gifts is not a financial option, so treating a family in need to Christmas joy is priceless. You can find these options on the Christmas trees that are set up in various locations around town, like the grocery store. Pick a family and purchase gifts that they will love. There will be a designated location for you to drop off the gifts.

There might also be another family or individual that you know of personally that could use some love this holiday season. When you do your own Christmas shopping, find some presents to gift this family or person in need. There is no doubt that they will be touched by this gesture.

Volunteer At The Soup Kitchen

Volunteering at your local soup kitchen and preparing and serving food to people in need is an visibly impactful way of sharing the holiday spirit and doing good in your community. Perhaps you serve at a homeless shelter regularly, or perhaps this is something you are wanting to begin doing. Either way, volunteering your time to prepare and serve food for big Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinners that are coming up at the shelter will bless those you who come through the shelter.

If you are strapped for time and cannot find a free afternoon to volunteer, you can still make an impact by donating food and meal preparation items to your local shelter.

Donate Your Car To Charity

Finding the time and extra money to serve those in your community can be tricky and is not an option for everyone. But don’t feel guilty or as if you cannot make an impact this holiday season. There is another way to give back, and that is through car donations. Do you have an unused car that is sitting around collecting dust? Consider donating it to charity. What you may consider to be junk can bring many tangible resources to those in need in your community. Learn more about how to donate a car to charity at the Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, and begin the process today. Contact us with any questions you may have.