4 Ways You Can Help Others During This Giving Season

By Ranelle Porter,

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.

Join In! For Holiday Giving

By Ranelle Porter,

By Michael Givens | November 27, 2018 | 2 Minute Read

The holidays are upon us, and there’s no better time to roll up our sleeves and provide a helping hand to those in need. As we spend time with our loved ones and take stock of the many things that have happened this past year, let’s also devote some time to holiday giving and helping those less fortunate.

Whether it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen, donating clothing, giving money to a charitable cause, or showing up to spend time with the elderly at a nursing home, your presence is powerful—and it can bring a lot of joy to the people around you. This holiday season, leave your mark on the lives of those who need our help. No act is too big or too small when it comes to showing compassion, kindness, and generosity.

Regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious background, or economic status, showing kindness to someone in need is an act that requires little effort but has a substantial reward, not just for those who receive it, but for those who give it.

Below are some organizations where you can volunteer or donate to during the holiday season. Most importantly, never forget that the act of giving need not be restricted to the holiday season, but should be done all year round.

Donate

Toys for Joys is an annual gift-giving event for children in need. The event features an evening gala at the Revere Hotel and requires that each attendee bring a minimum of three unwrapped gifts for children in three age categories: tots, tweens, and teens. The event is in its 10th year and is a great way to put a smile on the faces of young children in need of holiday cheer.

Advocate

The Boston Living Center (BLC) is a drop-in facility providing much-needed services for those living with HIV/AIDS. Each year, BLC provides up to 40,000 meals for their clients and they’re always looking for eager volunteers for their meals program.

Serve

The Pine Street Inn has served the homeless community in Boston for nearly 50 years. The shelter is looking for friendly volunteers to serve meals, staff its clinic, or perform a range of services as needed.

Educate

Learn more about ways you can volunteer through Boston Cares and serve communities in need throughout the city.