As we head into the end of the year, the charitable spirit seems to sweep in and call each of us to acts of kindness during the holiday season. With our desire to see the season of giving extend beyond the “holiday season,” we thought we’d bring you a few ideas of how you can give back, right here in Lenawee – all year round!
Invite Someone Over (seriously, it’s that easy)
Ok, we thought we’d start off with something easy – something you can do from the comfort of your own home. Do you know of a lonely relative? A neighbor far from home? A college student unable to go home for the holidays? Consider offering up a seat at your dinner table this Thanksgiving.
Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
Although the Thanksgiving season is a great time to volunteer at a soup kitchen; please recognize that soup kitchens see an influx of volunteers during the holidays, but we must remember that hunger is a year-round problem. A few places to consider: The Daily Bread, Fishes and Loaves, The Salvation Army, or Share the Warmth.
Donate to Food Banks
Chances are, you have extra cans of food in your pantry right now. Go look. How many cans were there? Be honest…The diced tomatoes seem to add up pretty quickly. Contact a local food bank/pantry to help them out this season! Be sure to think outside the box: Sometimes pantries are in need of non-edible supplies, like hygiene products – soap, toothbrushes, etc.
Need some ideas: The Daily Bread, Fishes and Loaves, Salvation Army, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tecumseh Service Club
Clean out the Closet
Do you ever find things in your closet you just don’t wear anymore? Do you have an array of baking pans, serving dishes, or glassware that just collect dust in the pantry? Do you have sweaters, lamps, or décor that are cluttering up the closet or garage? If so, consider donating your items to any of our local thrift stores – Salvation Army or Blessings and More, are two great options! On the flipside, if you are looking for high quality items at great prices, consider shopping at one of these local gems!
Throughout Lenawee you may notice Angel Trees – Christmas trees adorned with paper angels. Each angel represents a child in need this Christmas. Not all children get to unwrap a present from under their Christmas tree on December 25. Help make their holiday special by selecting a Christmas tree angel and purchasing for that specific child.
We pray that you would be encouraged to serve this holiday season. From all of us here at The Wagley Group, Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless.