As we settle into the last few days before Christmas I want you to as yourself if you did something for someone else. Yes we all buy gifts for those that are near and dear to us, but what about those who don’t have that.
Giving back during the holidays, and year round, is something I try to do when I can. Usually it’s in the form of donating to my local food bank but this year I wanted to do something different. When I first started giving back I was confused on what to do. There are so many options out there and you want to do something that will actually benefit someone. I was hesitant with some of my options because you never know what is really happening to the money you donate.
Unfortunately, I have found companies that only use 1 cent out of every dolor you donate toward the actual cause. That would mean that if I donated $100 only $1 was actually going towards the people who needed it. For this reason I urge you to look into your local places to donate, whether you volunteer or donate food.
So here are some ideas for you to give back:
- Local Food Banks – Food Banks are always looking for supplies or volunteers. Helping those in your community that are struggling including low income families and the elderly.
- Local Shelters – Shelters take on a lot of tasks that isn’t limited to housing. Most shelters also provide 3 meals a day to struggling community members.
- Adopt a Family – Most food banks and shelters have families for ‘adoption’ over the holiday season. No your not housing them and actually adopting them. You are picking a family to buy presents for or even buy their holiday dinner for them. Most food banks and shelters even deliver the items you purchased for you. You can give a family an actual Christmas when adopting a family.
The Orting Food Bank was started in 2007 by a handful of volunteers to meet the growing needs of the hungry in Orting. Our mission is to assist those in need in our community by providing food and referral services. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The Puyallup Food Bank’s mission is simple: “Serving our neighbors in need. They’re hungry and shouldn’t be!” We strive to provide food to those in need with dignity and to utilize food surpluses eliminating waste. As a distribution center, we save countless dollars for other food banks, nonprofits and charitable agencies by providing an efficient and centralized location for collecting and distributing food.
Nourish Pierce County provides nutritious food and support services to people in need with compassion, dignity and respect. Through our network of seven food banks and two mobile food banks serving eighteen additional sites, we provide food directly to people in need across Pierce County, Washington. Formerly known as Fish Food Banks of Pierce County, Nourish is the oldest, largest food bank network directly serving people in Pierce County.
Helping Hand House provides emergency shelter and housing solutions to families in our community, ending their crisis of homelessness. We provide urgent relief with trust, dignity, respect and compassion while we help them secure their new home – helping moms, dads, and kids rekindle their hope for a better future.
The Tacoma Rescue Mission is proud to have served Tacoma and Pierce County since 1912. For over 100 years we have continued to serve in the name of Christ, while emphasizing the dignity of each person who enters our doors. We value the needs of our immediate community, and continually adapt to the changing needs of those who come to us for help.