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How to Give Back this Holiday Season

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Maine chapter.

The holidays are the perfect time to give back to the world and really feel good about yourself. Here are a few ideas to give back:


  1. Volunteer with your local Rotary Club

The Rotary Club is always up to something good for their community. During the holiday season they sell Christmas trees to raise money. An easy way to get involved and volunteer is to help with that or other events they might be doing during the season. They are always looking for helpers! A good way to check to see what they are up to is by going to their website.


  1. Donate gently used clothing items to Goodwill

This is a super easy gesture that can mean a lot. It doesn’t necessarily even have to be clothes. It can be dishes, toys, books, movies, etc.!


  1. Donate cans to a food bank

A can of food is pretty cheap and a great way to help someone in need.


  1. Donate blankets or toys to local animal shelter

Have an old blanket that you aren’t using anymore? Or just want to help? Animal shelters are always looking for blankets, toys, or other donations to help their shelters run smoother. Volunteering at your local animal shelter is also super helpful and a great way to give back.


  1. Give blood

The American Red Cross is always doing blood drives. It doesn’t take super long and it’s a great way to potentially save more than one life. Check their website for locations and times! (http://redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearch.jsp?scode=RSG00000E017&g…)


  1. Pay for the person behind you in line when getting coffee

They will be so shocked! It will inspire them to pay it forward and you would have started a chain of random acts of kindness. Plus, it’s a great way to earn some good karma!


  1. Write letters to soldiers who won’t be home for the holidays

There are so many men and women that won’t be home for the holidays and they love getting letters. Get your friends and make a night of it!


  1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen

Volunteering at a soup kitchen not only helps the people you are serving, it also helps the workers that spend hours doing this kindness. Bring your friends and family and have fun helping out your community!


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Reyleigh is a fourth year psychology major with a minor in business administration at the University of Maine. Reyleigh loves to travel, go to the ocean, take pictures, make art and spend time with family and friends. In her free time you can find her cuddling with her 12 year old English setter.
Mary is a fourth year Ecology and Environmental Science major at the University of Maine, with a concentration in sustainability. Mary loves to read, spend time with her Alpha Phi sisters, cuddle with her cat, and drink coffee. She hopes to save the environment and adopt alllll the kitties.