Let’s spread the season of giving throughout the year!

At this time of year, people are incredibly generous – donating supplies to local food pantries, buying gifts for children’s wish lists, sharing time and resources with those in need. The holiday season brings out the best in us collectively, and is a wonderful way to care for those who may be looking for some support. All of these acts are important and not be to be under-valued, but the fact is that people need help each and every day. What if we could harness that generosity and spread it throughout the other months of the year?

Take a look at a calendar and see what days may entice you to support a cause of your choice. Valentine’s Day can be a great time to reach out to a senior center to visit those who may be feeling lonely. As the weather begins to warm up in springtime, you may be anxious to get outside – many schools or neighborhood community centers can use a fresh coat of paint or general landscaping after the winter months. Independence Day is an important day in our country and can be a wonderful opportunity to thank the men and women in the armed forces who sacrifice so much for our safety – care packages to troops overseas are always appreciated. Back to school time can be a struggle for families with the costs of supplies and new clothes – take this time to go shopping and give a child the best start to the school year.

Expanding the spirit of holiday giving from the final months of the year to a wider timeframe will allow more people to feel the impact of your kindness and generosity. Give it a try and start the new year with a helping hand and a step in the right direction.