It’s hard not to get swept up by holiday cheer as the end of the year approaches. Friends, family, and holiday gatherings occupy much of our time and energy—but we can’t take the abundance for granted for a moment. The last couple of years have been challenging, but though we persevered, many local families aren’t quite as advantaged as we are.
Fortunately, charitable giving is an easy way to make a difference in the community. What may seem like a small gesture to you can make all the difference for a family in need. So, in the spirit of the season, let’s talk about holiday giving and ways your business can give back.
Holiday Giving Ideas for Your Business
Giving back during the holidays is good for the community and your business. Whether you choose a local charity, adopt a family, offer services to a local non-profit, or volunteer your time, it’s a great way to show you care and uplift others in the process.
Here are a few ideas for charitable holiday giving.
1. Organize a toy drive
Many families must choose between putting food on the table and buying gifts for their children. Each year, My Annapolis Office collects new toys for Toys for Tots, an organization that’s been making holidays brighter for low-income families since 1947. Organizing a toy drive is easy—just put the word out to your customers and other local businesses, collect the toys, and drop them off at MAO; we’ll ensure they get where they are needed!
2. Donate to your local food bank
According to the most recent US census, nearly two million Marylanders face food insecurity. Food banks offer much-needed support and sustenance, but they rely on donations to keep going. Organizing a food drive to collect non-perishable goods, staples, and healthy food items is a way to put food on the tables of those who would otherwise go without. The Anne Arundel County Food Bank has several programs you can donate to, and there are various church-run food pantry programs that will help you help others.
3. Volunteer your time
Choose an organization to volunteer with, like a local soup kitchen, food bank, senior center, or children’s hospital. Many of these organizations need help during the holidays and doing so will demonstrate your company’s compassion and commitment to the community. From friendly visits and companionship to skilled help with business processes, your gift of time will undoubtedly make a massive difference in the effort to help the people who need it most.
Giving back during the holidays is a way to uplift your community, but it also has proven personal benefits. Many studies show that being of service to others boosts mood, improves self-esteem, reduces stress, and generally makes you a happier person. Plus, the evidence of your goodwill is immediately evident in the smiles of others—and there is truly no better feeling than when the world around you is filled with peace and joy.