‘Tis the season to give. To our family, our friends, our customers. But it’s also the season to give back to those in our communities who are less fortunate.
Giving back is also a terrific way to build camaraderie amongst employees. When everyone works together for the common good, it can create a spirit of generosity and goodwill company-wide.
The good news is that it’s not difficult to spread holiday cheer by organizing an office giving drive. Here are 7 unique, no- or low-cost ideas to get you started:
Everyone has pennies lying around…in their cars, their drawers, their purses, their couches. Why not put them to good use by asking employees to bring in their spare change? You’ll be surprised how quickly it adds up. When you’re ready to make your donation, just exchange the coins for a check at your bank.
For many of us, coats, like coins, have a tendency to pile up through the years. Kids outgrow them. Fashions change. But there are likely many in your community who would be grateful for a warm jacket this winter. Partner with a shelter or school to distribute your donation.
Don’t forget that four-leggers need help, too! Many shelters are especially grateful for donations of warm blankets, toys and treats during the “howliday” season. But be sure to check with them first to find out what they need most.
While most people have the opportunity to take time off during the holidays, this isn’t always so for first responders like firefighters and police officers. Show your appreciation by dropping off some of your employees’ homemade cookies at your local precinct or fire station.
Women’s shelters and homeless shelters are always in need of personal items like toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, shampoo, baby wipes, etc. Travel-sized items work well, too.
In the Cards
Imagine how much a festive holiday greeting card would brighten the room of a nursing home resident. Depending on the size of your company, either provide the cards or ask employees to bring in a signed card (or several). Then request that the nursing home distribute the cards to those most in need of a pick-me-up.
By the Letter
Letters of appreciation are always welcomed by our men and women in uniform. But especially at this time of year. A short, handwritten note of thanks is sure to lift the spirits of those away from their families during the holidays. Find more information at Operation Gratitude.
As you can see, it doesn’t have to take much time or money to make the holidays more merry for someone else. But the feeling it will give your employees is priceless!