Photo: Kid helping at a soup kitchen
There are many ways to give back over the holidays.

Photograph courtesy Jupiterimages

This holiday make the season a little brighter for others. Giving back is a great thing to do all year round, but the holidays tend to bring out the charitable side in most people. Try some of these ideas with your family and make a difference this holiday season.

  • Donate to a charitable organization
  • Invite an elderly neighbor or someone who lives alone to join your celebration (ask your parents first!)
  • Deliver a meal to a family in need
  • Write a thoughtful note to someone special
  • Bring your host a small gift to show your appreciation and offer to help clean up
  • Donate clothes you've outgrown
  • Donate food to a local charity or food bank
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • Send a care package to a soldier
  • Visit hospital patients
  • Foster a dog or cat
  • Adopt an endangered animal through a zoo
  • Shovel snow for a neighbor
  • Help pick up trash at a local park
  • Join a church or school group that does community service projects