The COVID-19 pandemic has made us center on our lives more this year than ever. We now focus on keeping our health better, our finances secured and our family and loved ones safe from the virus. Thinking about oneself isn’t really that bad, especially that the situation calls for us to be more vigilant to avoid catching the virus.
However, this coming Christmas, just because we have to secure a lot of things for our family and loved ones doesn’t mean that we can no longer extend our hand and help others with their own struggles. There’s nothing more fulfilling than the feeling of being secured with your life while not feeling guilty about it because you also are making a difference and helping this world become a better place.
Here are 5 ways on how we can keep the Season of Giving alive in this time of pandemic:
Give gifts. A lot of individuals, especially the kids, remain in hospitals or belong to poor families and do not enjoy the same things that others have. Bringing smiles to the faces of the less fortunate might just be the best gift you will ever receive this Christmas. You can check online for your local charity groups or hospitals for donation programs ahead of time so you can make plans on how and to whom you can give the gifts.
Donate blood. If health protocols are properly observed, you can visit your nearest hospital to donate your blood. Especially now that we are in the middle of a pandemic, the demand for blood is expected to be higher than normal. You can check websites like Red Cross for more details about blood donation and what you need to know and do to keep your blood healthy before you donate.
Your time is also a gift. Whether it be for your community or for your loved ones and friends, you can always find time to help. You can visit charity organizations and volunteer in preparing food in their soup kitchen, and repacking of goods to be given away. You can also share any talent that you have in their programs and engagements. It doesn’t take a lot to enlist and have you scheduled in their calendar.
Give love to animals. Not only humans are in need of help, but our friendly animals, too. Animal shelters welcome kind-hearted individuals with their donations and help in any way. You can even volunteer to walk your neighbor’s dogs if that is possible!
Or better yet, adopt a new pet instead of buying from pet shops. This way, you can bring the best bud a good home and enjoy the love of your family members.
Give love to the environment. You can stay eco-friendly in shopping for your needs and gifts this coming Christmas. Bringing your own bag for groceries eliminates the need for single-use paper bags. Buying personalized Christmas wall signs is more advisable instead of the single use decorations
Consider having hand made gift boxes and materials for your presents instead of using synthetic gift wraps. These durable boxes can still be used even after the gift inside is already out. This way, you help lessen the amount of waste that is being generated during the holidays.