Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day…or is it Black Friday. The line between the two has become blurred, particularly this year with many stores now offering blockbuster deals on Thanksgiving Day. With all the talk about holiday shopping, I fear that many of us are forgetting what the holidays are really about.
- Volunteer – Take some time out from shopping to spend some time helping your favorite non-profit. Volunteers are the key to the success of most charitable organizations. The Christmas season is a great time to ring bells for The Salvation Army or prepare a meal at the local homeless shelter. Giving your time and energy is a great gift during the holidays and at other times of the year.
- Plan an office fundraiser – How about an office bake sale or a silent auction to raise money. Or even a special weekly or monthly lunch can be a good fundraising activity. If everyone gets involved, then the nickels and dimes can add up to a healthy donation to a needy organization.
- Collect food or toys – Many organizations are looking for non-perishable food donations or toys during the Christmas season. If everyone in the office donates a can of food or a toy, those items can collectively make a difference for a less fortunate family’s holiday season. But don’t limit yourself to the holidays, food pantries need your help throughout the year.