The days are growing colder, the winter holidays are fast approaching, and many people’s thoughts are turning to the less fortunate.
There are hungry, and homeless people in need of help every day of the year in our country; however most people volunteer and donate to charities during the holidays.
There is certainly nothing wrong with contributing or organizing food or clothing drives right now. The cold winter months are especially tough for homeless people, so shelter resources are definitely more strained during this season.
But soup kitchens and food banks are often turning away help in the winter, even though they still serve many people in the spring and summer months.
Giving back is arguably more convenient right now. Donation bins are slowly appearing in the places near our homes and jobs. Donating money or food might actually be easier long after the holidays. Many of us are a little cash strapped, and the holidays are often a busy time, we may be more likely to have more of our time to give in the spring.
Please continue to do what you can for charities now, but when the spring summer months come consider giving your local food bank a call. For year-round volunteer ideas consider looking at dosomething.org for ideas.
Written by: Emily Gadd