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Eight Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Are you looking for new ways to spread kindness this holiday season? You can give back to your community in many ways and help people have a better holiday season, but here are eight ways to get you started!

Volunteer at a soup kitchen!

Soup kitchens provide food for many community members, including homeless people and victims of natural disasters. In Las Vegas, you can volunteer at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and Las Vegas Rescue Mission.

Support Small Businesses

Many people are thinking about buying holiday gifts. Supporting a small business helps them stay open and support their own families while you get a high-quality, custom gift for your family. For example, if you’re hosting a holiday party, consider supporting a local baker for delicious treats or party favors!

Food Donation

Food insecurity is a significant concern for many in the United States, and your donations can make a huge difference for families in need! You can give back by donating to a local food pantry. There are many food pantries in Las Vegas, but here are four you can donate to:

Be An Elf

Respond to a child’s letter to Santa and make a child’s Christmas! Select USPS branches keep letters for Santa in a room so volunteers can read them, buy Christmas gifts, and send them to needy children. Visit their website for a participating USPS branch near you: Be An Elf Directory.

Cook for emergency responders!

Emergency responders, police officers, and firefighters often work long hours, especially during the holiday season. They spend much time away from their loved ones to help protect and serve our community. Bring holiday cheer by bringing them lunch during the workday! Call your local station or place of work you plan to visit to ensure someone will be there to receive your gift.

Support Local Animal Shelters

You can volunteer at local animal shelters by providing care or taking them for walks! Many shelters across the US need additional help to compensate for the overflow of animals surrendered to their care. If you’re able, consider adopting a pet! Please remember, animals shouldn’t be spur-of-the-moment gifts, so adopt them only if you can provide love and care to our furry friends. In Las Vegas, you can volunteer at Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue or Paw Partners Unleashed!

Donate to Toys for Tots

Every child deserves a gift this holiday season, and Toys for Tots strives to make that possible! You can donate money online or a toy at one of the countless drop locations nationwide. You can find ways to support and donate on their website: Toys for Tots.

Donate to Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House provides homes for families of children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. You can make a sick child and their family’s holiday season better by donating games, puzzles, and stuffed animals, but you can also cook a meal at one of the many Ronald McDonald House locations!

Glittering Lights Las Vegas Gives Back!

At Glittering Lights, we support and give back to our community in two ways! A portion of every ticket sold is donated to Speedway Children’s Charities, an organization that directly supports needy children, from essential to educational needs. Also, Goodwill of Southern Nevada will give you a $5 entry voucher to Glittering Lights if you donate clothing or household items!

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