Giving Back for the Holidays

 
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There’s no better time of the year than the holiday season. From delicious treats to cozying up by the fire, everyone’s in a wonderful mood. Since it is the season of giving, wouldn’t it be nice to spread the cheer with those in need? In the words of Buddy the Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!” (And by singing we mean volunteering. Keep that voice at bay, friend).

The winter season offers plenty of ways to volunteer and give back to the community. Not only does volunteering help share the holiday love, but also it will put an even bigger smile on your face.

Truth be told, giving back is great for your all-around health and well-being. Don’t believe us? Studies show time and time again that helping others less fortunate combats depression and increases levels of happiness. Not to mention, volunteering is a great way to connect with others and make new friends. Staying socially engaged and active in the community has significant health benefits for the brain – it can lower one’s risk for dementia and even prolong the lifespan!

However, what matters most is that any generosity (no matter how small) will bring happiness to those in need. #payitforward

Here are a few ways you can make a difference this season:

1) Host a Canned Food Collection

Most local food pantries or shelters accept canned food donations. These items are always needed over this busy time. Start collecting at work, within your friends and family, or with a community group or sports team! Every little bit helps and those in need will thank you. Click here to find a BC food bank near you!

 
2) Throw a digital snowball

Heads up! Snowball coming your way! This virtual snowball fight for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation will raise funds for critical needs at the hospital, help kids get back to being kids. Every donation made until January 6, 2019 will translate into one snowball that’s thrown. And like any good snowball fight, it’s more fun when people join in. The Big BC Snowball Fight for Kids is hoping for white-out conditions in offices, across social media platforms, and at participating retail locations. It costs as little as $2 to throw your very own snowball. Check out this link to find out the best way for you to donate: http://www.bcchf.ca/snowball.

 
3) Do Some Good

Have you joined Do Some Good yet? You create your own profile to track your volunteer hours, sign up for new volunteer opportunities around you and see how others are getting involved in your community. It’s a fun and easy way to donate your time, especially around the holidays. Make sure to upload your photos and use the hashtag #snapsomegood, we want to see the good that you’re doing!


If you can’t give back as much as you’d like this year, a smile does more than you know. Start with being kind to one another and we can all make this holiday season a little brighter!

Happy Holidays everyone!


 

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