5 Easy Ways of Giving Back to the Community This Holiday Season
by Shara Mae Balce, December 24, 2018 6:11pm
Art by Jessa Malapit
This Christmas and holiday season, people are all about parties and gifts. It is also a season of reflecting on our blessings and how we can share it with other people/with the community--and that’s one of the most fulfilling things to do especially this season of giving.
We listed a few ways you can spread goodwill and joy that could have a positive effect in more ways than one.
Help sponsor youth scholars
Give gifts that have a lasting impact like that of giving the gift of education., Through Segunda Mana, a social enterprise program of Caritas Manila that collects in-kind donations and converts them to cash. The cash will then be used to fund over 5,000 college scholars nationwide under Carita’s education program and other pro-poor projects.
Messy Bessy, a local brand of natural home and personal care products, also gives part of its earnings as tuition fees for their workforce that is 60% composed of out-of-school youth. You can help improve the lives of these scholars with every purchase of their affordable organic and eco-friendly products.
Help Save the Earth
If you’re thinking of decluttering your room, make sure unwanted stuff does not go to waste. Just like if you have stocked wearables in the cabinet that you’re going to throw away, you can drop them off at H&M store’s garment-collecting boxes, and you’ll get rewarded with a 15% discount voucher for every bag of clothing you give. Textiles in any condition from any brand are accepted and will split between social and recycling projects. Think of it as saving mother earth, too!
Join volunteer programs and causes for animals
Even animals deserve to feel the extra amount of love and blessings this season! A lovely gesture to give back to the ever-loving pets is to join programs that promote animal welfare. And if you are a pet lover, volunteer programs by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and CARA Welfare Philipines are the ones to look out.
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FOREVER BABY.â¤ï¸ We met 14-year-old aspin Maya with her fur-mommy patiently waiting for their turn at the PAWS low-cost clinic today. Even as a senior dog, Maya still looks and acts like a puppy! We were sad to hear that Maya was not feeling so well so we are glad her pet parent immediately brought her in to seek medical care. Instead of relying on advice online, we urge everyone to be a responsible per parent and bring their pets to a veterinarian for proper diagnosis. To know more about the PAWS programs and clinic services, please go to our website at www.paws.org.ph. â¤ï¸ðŸ•ðŸˆ #iSupportPAWS #animalshelter #animalwelfare #aspin #PAWSphilippines
PAWS has a program where volunteers are expected to render at least eight hours every month working for animal welfare through actively participating in their campaigns, assisting in their veterinary clinics and direct animal care (feeding, bathing, and cleaning cages).
A non-profit group, CARA, on the other hand, aims to educate the public about animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, pet adoption, and spaying or neutering the animals through events, talks, and social media. CARA needs volunteers to help them boost their trap-neuter-return, adoption, and education programs. The organization also has this 250 for a Pittie project where you can help provide funds to feed Laguna Pitbulls for every P250 you donate.
A little money, time, and effort given to these organizations who provide a better life for pets will make a big difference.
Give toys to the children in need
For sure, you have toys at home that you’ve outgrown by now, instead of having them collect dust and consume space, why not use them to bring big smiles on children’s faces who never had even one since then. Share the happiness with the children from marginalized communities by donating used toys to the Philippine Toy Library. This non-profit organization provides safe play spaces where less fortunate children can play for free.
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“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” - Native American Proverb If you would like to get involved with Philippine Toy Library and bring happiness through play to the children all over the Philippines, please visit our website and Facebook page to know more! Links are in the bio.ðŸ˜Šâ¤ï¸ Share our story! Donate. Partner. Volunteer. #PhilippineToyLibrary #PTL #Manila #Philippines #Play #Fun #Toys #LaroLikhaSaya #WhenInManila #Community #Playtime #Volunteer #GiveBackToTheCommunity #ToyLibrary #MakeAChange #VolunteerWork #GiveBack #HappinessThroughPlay
Visit homes for the elderly
A single visit or two to a home for the aged sanctuary could be a life-changing charitable activity for you and your friends. Your visit will serve as a valuable reminder to the seniors that they are important and treated with appreciation and respect like family even by strangers.
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You may want to consider visiting these nursing homes located around the metro: San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly and Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly. We recommend coordinating with the organization heads beforehand to schedule a gift giving activity and deliver some goodies to the residents of retirement home.
Just like having these simple ways done, we can rebuild those smiles on everyone’s faces and somehow help save people, animals, and planet. Later you will realize, there’s nothing more rewarding than giving. Here’s to a better year and a better us for the days ahead!
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