Here are 10 ways to give back and spread holiday cheer to Filipino communities in need now that it’s time for Christmas.
The most wonderful time of the year is truly the season of giving. Now that Christmas is here, you can get into the true spirit of the holiday by making it the perfect opportunity to give something back to the community and the less fortunate.
There are plenty of ways to give back during the holiday season, and helping others doesn’t need to be expensive, hard, or time-consuming.
Here are 10 simple ways to give back during this Christmas season:
Donate to a non-profit of your choice.
The season of giving is upon us. Share any amount, no matter how small, to a non-profit group that is serving those in need during the most wonderful time of the year.
If you’re looking for a way to give back during the holidays, check out this list of charity initiatives for Filipino families and these donation channels to help Filipinos recover from the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Rai, known in the Philippines as Odette.
Volunteer at a local charity.
The spirit of giving is very much alive this Christmas season, and charities working especially hard to help others are looking for individuals who would like to give their time for a cause.
Popular places to volunteer on Christmas Day or the rest of the holiday season include homeless shelters and a community pantry near you, among others.
When you shop for your Christmas gifts and needs at local shops, you are helping keep small businesses thriving during difficult times.
If you’re thinking of doing some holiday shopping, check out these Bayanihan bazaars at Ayala Malls which offer everything from home essentials and food to fashion while supporting local businesses and community merchants.
Give gifts that give back.
The spirit of giving doesn’t end on Christmas day. During the holiday season, or any time of year, why not give your friends and family environmentally-conscious gifts or proudly Pinoy products to support the livelihoods of indigenous communities?
Check out this list of locally made products that will make great gifts for your loved ones while supporting small businesses and artisans in the Philippines.
Adopt a family.
Project PEARLS has launched the annual “Adopt a Family” campaign that ensures children and their families have decent meals during the holiday season.
By donating an amount of $20 or 1000 Php, you will be able to help the organization share Noche Buena grocery packs, Christmas gifts, face masks and hand sanitizers, and more to their chosen beneficiaries.
You can donate through this link.
Attend a Christmas concert fundraiser.
Be serenaded with holiday tunes by your favorite Filipino artists while helping others in need. Attend upcoming virtual concerts and events that have pledged to donate the proceeds to non-profit organizations and charities.
Original Pilipino Music (OPM) icon Noel Cabangon is performing in his Christmas and birthday concert fundraiser on Facebook to help the victims of Supertyphoon Odette (Rai) in the Dinagat Islands.
You can also stream these Pinoy Christmas songs to support Filipino singers who continue to inspire and bring us much-needed holiday cheer through music.
Host a Christmas party for a cause.
Whether you’re planning to host a festive party through in-person or virtual means, you and your loved ones can truly make a difference for the less fortunate during the holidays.
You can raise funds for a charity of your choice by inviting your loved ones to donate or organize a fun-filled evening full of activities and games for a good cause.
Check-in on your loved ones.
The novel coronavirus pandemic can make people feel even more lonely and isolated during the holidays, especially if they can’t spend the season with their loved ones.
Be sure to check on your friends and family, even the ones who seem like they are doing fine.
Lend a helping hand.
Giving back this Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive. Perform a good deed or a random act of kindness for someone who may really need your help.
Thank our frontliners.
Let’s take a moment to thank the essential workers who have kept us safe during the entire year by sending them tokens of appreciation and gratitude through home-cooked meals, greeting cards, and more. foodpanda has initiated a Gift To Kuya rider campaign to allow people to thank delivery riders.
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