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How to Help Others this Holiday Season

The 2020 holiday season is coming up quickly. COVID-19 will undoubtedly make the holidays more challenging to navigate than ever before. Many families in the U.S. and around the world are struggling due to layoffs, reduced income and schools making the switch from classroom to remote learning. Nearly everyone has been affected by the pandemic in one way or another. There are many ways to help out those who are suffering the most during the upcoming holiday season.

Send letters to loved ones and others in nursing homes

Many living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are feeling particularly isolated and lonely due to COVID-19 precautions. Even if you don’t have a loved one living in a nursing home, you can make someone feel special this holiday season by sending a heartfelt letter to a resident. In the age of technology, physical letters have become less common, but they have a personal, meaningful message that the receiver will cherish.

Another way to connect with loved ones in these facilities is through video chat. Many residents have become more tech savvy and have smart phones, allowing an easy, safe way to communicate without having to worry about COVID-19 transmission to those most at risk.

Put together a care package for the homeless

Contact your local homeless shelters to see what items they need most. You can put toiletries, snacks, baked goods, clothing and cards together for those in need. If you don’t have the funds to purchase these items or make a donation, inquire about volunteer opportunities at shelters and other nonprofits in your area.

Help your neighbors with small acts of kindness

You can help people in your neighborhood without spending any money. You can surprise neighbors by:

· Shoveling their driveways

· Dropping off a homemade lunch or dinner

· Offering to babysit for free

· Helping put up holiday lights

· Offering to take family photos for free

Take advantage of rewards programs

Many grocery stores and online vendors have the opportunity to connect your account a charity or nonprofit of your choice. A percentage of your purchase will benefit the organization you choose. For example, you can visit and search Columbus Literacy Council to connect your rewards account. You can do the same on Amazon by going to and changing your charity to Columbus Literacy Council. This allows you to help out simply by doing your holiday shopping – something you need to do anyway with no extra cost.

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