How to give back this holiday season (Pandemic edition)


It’s the season of giving. But between work, family and preparing for the holidays, you might not have much time or energy left to give.

The good news? Giving back doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Consider any of these options!

Holiday Giving

If you can spare your time

Contact a local shelter or donation centre and ask if they could use a few extra hands. Many charities are looking for more volunteers around the holidays. You can also go through a volunteer organization to find the right match.

If you can spare some funds

An office fundraiser is a great way to give back if you’re too time-strapped to volunteer. A simple option is to become the office fundraiser; pick a charity, then send out an office-wide email asking for contributions.

If you can spare coats or non-perishables

Winter clothes can be a big expense for low-income households. And no one should go hungry during the holidays. Set up two bins at the front of the office — one for winter clothes like hats, mittens and coats, and the other for non-perishables — then put up posters around the office asking for donations. Choose a cut-off date for donations, then take the items to your local food and clothing bank.

Having trouble choosing a cause? Make it a democracy. Choose a handful of charities and send out an email asking everyone to vote. The popular option wins!

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