How to Give Back This Holiday Season

Bailey Pruitt, editor

The holiday season is a great time to reflect on how blessed you are with your friends and family. Thanksgiving comes and you have mountains of food on the table; Christmas comes and there’s presents stacked under your tree. However, not everyone has this luxury. As cliché as it might sound, the best gifts you can give this season are to the people who need them the most. Here are several ways you can help people in your community this holiday season:

  1. Clothes donations: Go through your closet and gather clothes you no longer fit into or wear. Try to hone in on clothes that a thicker and without holes. It is important to keep in mind, not everyone has heavy clothing to keep them warm in the cooler months.
  2. Food drive: start a food drive to help collect canned goods and turkeys. You can box and distribute the food to families in need so they can have a nice meal on Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  3. Shoebox toys: join Operation Shoebox by filling the boxes with toys and toiletries that can be sent to children in other countries. This project has a huge impact on kids worldwide and is a great way to give back.
  4. Invite: there’s  is a ton of seasonal events that happen. Invite those you love and those you think might need a little company to join you. Christmas on the Pecos, Light Up Artesia, Thanksgiving Dinner, and Church Services are all events you can attend this season, invite company.