How to give back during the holiday season

November 23, 2010

By Alex Tucker

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Alex Tucker

The holiday season is a time we usually associate with food, family and gifts. It is easy to get caught up in the holiday madness, and amid the chaos we often forget how blessed we really are.

There are so many families just trying to get by this time of year, and every person should do his or her part to give back to the community and make someone else’s holiday as joyful as it should be. Here are just a few of the many ways that people of all ages can give back:

Volunteer at a shelter

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission offers plenty of opportunities to volunteer with the homeless among many other people needing care. You can serve meals at shelters, make sack lunches for students, help at nursing homes and much more. Find more information at

Donate food

Northwest Harvest has food donation centers at various locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Several UPS stores and many small businesses have food drop bins inside for nonperishable items. Visit to see the full list of food drop sites and the best items to donate.

Buy gifts for a child

Every year, there are Christmas trees at malls and other public places decorated with children’s wish lists. Grab a card off a tree this year and put a smile on a child’s face by bringing a gift from his or her list back to the location. Make sure that if you take a card, though, you follow through with getting the present. These wish lists can be found at University Village and other malls in the area.

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One Response to “How to give back during the holiday season”

  1. Rebecca Hash on November 23rd, 2010 10:10 pm

    Northwest Harvest is a terrific organization. 93 percent of every dollar given is used for food. Another way to give is to volunteer at the Northwest Harvest in Kent helping to package the donated food. I work for Safelite Autoglass and we have volunteers going weekly through the end of the year to help out. It is a ton of fun and an easy way to directly impact the local community. I highly recommend it!

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