12 Ways You Can Make A Difference This Christmas

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3. Animal shelters

If you are in the market for a new pet, visiting a shelter and rescuing an animal that needs a good home is one of the best things you can do this season. Rescue pets are so appreciative of finally going to a good home they will return your investment with love to last a lifetime. If you do not want a pet for yourself, ask about donating enough money so that families that would like to adopt a pet but don’t have the funds could finally do so.

 

4. Donate a warm coat

There are many places that accept coats and distribute them to homeless people or those in need so they don’t have to go without warm clothing this season. Burlington Factory is one place that you can find out more about through Good Morning America.

 

5. Nursing home

Nursing facilities are filled with so many elderly people who have no relatives or friends to visit them. They’re sick and alone, so a visit even from a stranger would perk them up. Call a nursing home in your area and find out what items you could bring that would cheer up the residents. It will be a much-appreciated visit.

 

6. Children’s ward at the local hospital

It’s difficult enough when a child is ill, but when they have to be in the hospital over the holidays, it is especially sad. You can turn their frowns upside down with a visit and some treats and inexpensive toys that will help occupy their time. Check ahead to find out what is allowed – some places only allow store-bought cookies or treats .

 

7. Volunteer at a soup kitchen

If you don’t have a lot of extra cash yourself, you can always give the gift of time. Food banks usually have to put together meals for hundreds of people, and at Christmas, those numbers jump. Ask what you can do to help bring a festive meal to those in need in your area.

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