By Nicholas Conley | December 18, 2019 | 3 Minute Read
One of the most beautiful and heart-fulfilling times of year has arrived — the giving season. As snow starts to sprinkle down on the streets of Boston, families are reunited, and gifts are exchanged. It’s the perfect opportunity to appreciate the comforts you have and consider giving to those in need.
All too often, Boston’s underserved communities struggle through the holiday season. However, by volunteering just a few hours of your time, giving blood, or donating to a charity of your choice, you can gift others with the joy of a happy holiday.
Here are four easy ways to get involved.
Help Serve a Good Meal
During the holidays, volunteers provide a crucial lifeline to many families. As schedules get cluttered and regular volunteers aren’t as readily available to fill open shifts, marginalized communities often face escalating emotional, physical, and mental needs.
Now’s the time if you’ve been on the fence about volunteering. One of the biggest problems faced by lower-income families in the Boston area, especially during the holiday season, is hunger: to help, you can volunteer at Pine Street Inn, the largest homeless services provider in New England, which opened in 1969 marking this year its 50th anniversary of serving the community. Similar opportunities to feed the hungry can be found at Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the United States, Haley House in Roxbury, and Women’s Lunch Place located in the Back Bay.
Bring a Happy Holiday to Boston’s Homeless Children
If you want to bring some holiday cheer to children in need, one particularly seasonal opportunity is the annual Christmas in the City event held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on December 22. This one-day holiday party seeks to bring a happy holiday to the homeless children of the greater Boston area with rides, games, gifts, and even a visit from Santa Claus. For many of these children, this event will be the only holiday they have. Christmas in the City is a 100% volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that relies on help from people like you, so all volunteers are appreciated.
The Gift of Life
One small but crucial way you can help others is through the gift of a blood donation. According to the American Red Cross, a person in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds, and one single donation can save up to three lives.
However, if there’s one time of the year where blood donations are most needed, it’s during the holidays. Between winter weather and seasonal illnesses, blood donations always drop off during these months, leaving desperate patients with less access to what is, quite literally, their lifeline. By donating blood today, you are potentially ensuring that three hospitalized people will get to celebrate the holidays with their families.
Donate to A Good Cause
December is a busy time. For many people, the best way to help their community during this hectic month is by giving to a charity of their choice.
That’s why we created Eastern Give For Good, a one-stop-shop for all your donation needs. Whether you want to donate to a local homeless shelter, give to a national organization, or simply search for new charities that align with your values, Eastern Give For Good provides you with the tools you need to make donations fast, easy, and minimally stressful. Donating takes very little of your time but makes a big impact on the individuals and families that you assist. After all, the giving season is here and there’s no better time to help your neighbors.
Join Eastern Give For Good and celebrate the holiday season by donating to any cause or charity you love.