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The 2015 Holiday "Acts of Giving" ListDecember 1, 2015
Giving Better, In the Midlands, Making a Difference, Talk About Giving, Activities and Ideas
‘Tis the season for giving. The holiday season has arrived and with it comes a spotlight on giving. Giving brings joy all year round but especially during the holidays. The holidays are a wonderful time to begin instilling a “giving spirit” in your family that will last all year long.
As the Midlands’ expert in philanthropy, we’re offering you a list of our recommendations for local “acts of giving” opportunities to get you started. We hope you will take time this holiday season to enjoy a time honored family tradition or begin a new one. Your traditions will certainly inspire generosity!
Adopt a Family: Expand your family this holiday season. Palmetto Project’s Families Helping Families can assist you with finding a family in the Midlands to adopt. Pick out gifts for the family with your children, shop for their holiday meal fixings or make special holiday treats to share. The Salvation’s Army Angel Trees also provide a fun way for your family to shop for those in need this holiday season.
Provide a Meal to the Hungry: Help collect food for your local food bank, providing holiday meals for those who won’t have one. Harvest Hope Food Bank is collecting food all season long. The City of Columbia is also collecting food donations for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive.
Warm a Heart: Collect coats, blankets, mittens and hats to give to the homeless. One local family collects these items at their annual Christmas party and gives them away in a local park on Christmas morning. Their kids now look forward to the yearly tradition even more than the presents they receive and the family now greets many of the people they give the coats to by name.
Spread Cheer with a Card: Create homemade cards for the holidays and mail to military, hospitals, nursing homes or to local emergency responders. The Central South Carolina American Red Cross Chapter is collecting cards for the military through December 4. Or, after the holiday season is over, send the cards you received to St. Jude’s Recycled Card Program.
Make Giving A New Year’s Resolution: Use the holidays as a starting point for a New Year’s resolution to make giving a part of your family all year long. Ask your children to collect their spare change and use it to fund a charitable project. One local family uses their spare change to make lunches for the homeless on Christmas Day. The children are responsible for putting together the lunches and the family delivers them early in the morning- hours before they open their presents.
Don’t know where to start? The Foundation is hosting New York Times columnist Ron Lieber on February 2nd to speak to families about how to raise generous and financially smart children. It’s a great opportunity to learn how you can begin speaking with your children about money. Learn more here.
The Community Foundation wishes you and your families a very happy season of giving.