6 Tips for Donating Your Time and Talents During the Holidays

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In the chaos surrounding the holidays, “It’s better to give than to receive,” can sometimes take a seat on the back burner. While you’re trimming the tree or cozied up next to loved ones around the table, others may be experiencing a much different holiday season. This season, scope out opportunities in your local community for you and your family to lend a hand. Add some holiday magic into the lives of neighbors in need with these ideas, courtesy of Raccoon Valley Bank.


  1. Make food and dish it out – Cookies and casseroles can be great gifts this time of year. You can provide something delicious for those who don’t have the means or are short on food, as well firefighters, police officers and other public servants.
  2. Pack stockings for the homeless – Pick out some cheap stockings and fill them with practical items. These can range from food and drink (granola bars, bottles of water, etc.) to gloves, socks and hygiene items.
  3. Donate old toys – Kids’ toys and games can get pricey in a hurry. Sift through your kids’ toys with them to choose items to donate towards kids who aren’t as fortunate.
  4. Pay a visit to a local nursing home – The holidays can be tough times for the elderly living in nursing homes. A small visit, or gift from a stranger, could brighten their day and make their holiday season extra special.
  5. Donate to a food bank – Winter is a difficult part of the year, and it is far worse if you don’t have enough food. Food banks and food pantries could put your donation to good use, and they may have opportunities to volunteer as well!
  6. Have family members make a donation in your name – Replace one thing on your holiday list with a donation is made in your name towards the charity of your choosing. Give the gift of giving this holiday season.


Which of these opportunities strikes a chord with you?


As you go throughout the usual chores and activities of the holidays, remember to think of those who aren’t as fortunate. Share some holiday joy and enjoy this winter season.


Raccoon Valley Bank, Equal Housing Lender, Member FDIC


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