As Christmas approaches and 2021 draws to an end, The Mesimer Team sends best holiday wishes to all our clients, friends, and family.
We are pleased to have helped clients sell their homes, buy new ones, make improvements and contribute positively to the city we call home – St. Petersburg. Thank you for your trust and continued support.
While many good deeds have been done, there are many more to accomplish. We hope that 2022 will be a year when all of us resolve to more often extend a helping hand to our neighbors, coworkers, family, friends, and strangers in need.
Tips on Giving Back During the Holidays
When we think of holiday giving, it usually involves shopping online or finding that perfect item for a loved one. But, charitable giving during the holidays is also about giving back to your community, especially during uncertain times like these. From American Family Insurance, here are some charitable giving ideas for the holidays that you and your family can take on to bring cheer to those who need it most. (https://www.amfam.com/resources/articles/safe-and-happy-family/giving-back-during-the-holidays)
Be extra generous with gratuities
Whether ordering for delivery from your favorite restaurant or trying takeout from a new restaurant, giving a few extra dollars in the tip can really brighten the day of your delivery driver. Keep a stash of holiday cards, envelopes and small-increment gift cards at the ready for the driver when they bring you your meal to make it even more meaningful.
Give to your favorite charity
It really is better to give than to receive and that’s never been truer than with holiday charitable giving. Consider donating to non-profit organizations like Meals on Wheels and Toys for Tots to help spread the holiday cheer to those who may not be as fortunate. Charitable organizations might restrict certain types of donations this year, so be sure to check your favorite charity’s website.
Consider charitable donation gifts for the holidays
Instead of searching high and low to find an appropriate gift for your impossible-to-shop-for relative, why not do something nice on their behalf? If you know of a charity they support, go for it. If not, you never can go wrong supporting a local non-profit.
How to Spread Holiday Cheer as a Family
There are a lot of charitable activities you can do together as a family. Remember, safety first this year, so chose things you can do virtually rather than in-person. Video call friends or family who may be feeling lonely or isolated. Chances are you may know someone who would really appreciate a call during these uncertain times. Schedule a video call with them and ask that your kids participate. Even a quick chat can really make a difference.
Contact your local animal shelter
Ask what kind of help is needed. They might be low on pet supplies, and picking out a chew toy online can be a fun activity everyone can participate in.
Projects the Kids Can Tackle
Your kids may be eager to help out and do something all on their own. There’s plenty of ways they can spread cheer, but make sure they know to keep the safety of others in mind when doing so.
Participate in local charitable holiday initiatives
Check out what causes your local representatives, school districts, or churches are involved with and see what kind of help they need. Remember, ask about opportunities for virtual volunteering if possible.
Random Acts of Kindness
Giving back isn’t necessarily about donating money and time. Sometimes it’s about spreading joy, one simple smile at a time. Here are some ways to do just that this holiday season:
- Send someone you know pictures of a cute animal or funny memes
- Hang candy canes on neighbors’ mailboxes
- Help out with household chores
- Call or message someone from your past to say thank you
- Offer to order takeout or delivery for an isolated neighbor or family member
Donate food to local hospitals or firehouses
Those who are essential workers or have to work during the holidays will appreciate your effort. While you may not be able to donate homemade food this year, check your local hospital’s or fire department’s website to see what is accepted. Your whole family can pick out appropriate food online and send it over!
BOTTOM LINE: Giving back during the holidays is one of the best ways to show gratitude and pay it forward. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your busy holiday schedule, and little by little, you’ll make your community a little merrier.
‘Tis the season to enjoy life! We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, full of happiness and success!
Estelia & the Mesimer Team
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