2017 Holiday "Acts of Giving" List

November 21, 2017

Central Carolina Community Foundation's annual Holiday "Act of Giving" list, a guide for Midlands families for local giving opportunities.

November 22, 2017 (Columbia, SC)- 'Tis the season for giving. The holiday season is here 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.

Each year, Central Carolina Community Foundation offers recommendations for local giving opportunities that you can enjoy with your family. 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!

Expand Your 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.

Set a Daily Act of Kindness Goal: Set a goal with your family to accomplish one act of kindness each day during the month of December. Help family members, friends or neighbors who are in need by offering to lend a hand, such as raking leaves, picking up trash or unpacking groceries. Invite each family member to share their act of kindness for the day at dinner each night.

Stock The Shelves: Help you kids and neighbors collect non-perishable food for your local Food Bank, such as Harvest Hope. Or, volunteer to pack and deliver meals to senior citizens through Meals on Wheels with Senior Resources.

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.

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.

Share Your Giving Stories: Talking about the experience of giving and receiving can inspire generosity among children. Share your family stories and history about how much you’ve been given and what that did for you. One question to start with is, “What is the Greatest Gift You’ve Even Been Given?” You can also record your stories through programs like Story Corps.

For resources on giving wisely, visit our blog and giving resources pages.

The Community Foundation wishes you and your families a very happy season of giving.

 

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