Whether you do just one, or many of these good holiday deeds, giving back is essential to not only help someone in need, but also to create a ripple effect and inspire others to take action as well. After you’ve done something on this list, help to pass it on by pinning or tweeting this link so that someone else can get inspired to give back this holiday season too.
1.) Help a U.S. teen go to college. For every $1 donated to possefoundation.org, $5 will go toward a full scholarship for a standout student.
2.) Give aid to a struggling hospital. Donating $10 to projectcure.org sends $400 worth of medical supplies to doctors globally.
3.) Feed a family. $25 to feedingamerica.org provides a whole month’s worth of meals for a family of three.
4.) Gift a toy to a child in need. Toys for Tots has locations in every state where toys can be dropped off for children in need.
5.) Help fight cervical cancer. 85 percent of deaths occur in places where women lack early screenings. A donation of $10 to path.org covers the cost of a lifesaving test for someone.
6.) Give the gift of clean water. The organization, Give Clean Water, helps to provide the people of Fiji with sustainable, clean drinking water.
7.) Donate your best skills. Catchafire.org uses your expertise for a cause that needs it.
8.) Fight pancreatic cancer. 100% of all donations go toward pancreatic research if you donate to lustgarten.org
9.) Donate clothes to the Salvation Army.
10.) Prevent AIDS. A donation of $50 to unaids.org treats a mother for six months and protects her baby.
11.) Bring a box of toys to a local children’s hospital.
12.) Write a cute note or send an email of appreciation to someone you care about.
13.) Keep the planet beautiful. Keep America Beautiful builds public gardens. Donating $10 to kab.org pays for 25 flower bulbs.
14.) Make cards for hospitalized kids. Donate your time and creativity to make handmade cards for the organization Cards for Hospitalized Kids.
15.) Donate a tree to a military family. You can donate a Christmas tree to a military family through the organization, Trees for Troops.
16.) Bring treats to the office to share with your boss and coworkers.
17.) Make care bags for a homeless shelter.
18.) Collect cans of food and donate them to a food bank.
19.) Adopt a family. Fulfill a family’s holiday wish list with the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program.
20.) Donate your airline miles. Help a soldier to see their family by donating your airline miles to fisherhouse.org.
21.) Take your old coats to Goodwill.