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Most charitable organizations ramp up their activities during the holidays in an effort to make everyone feel loved and cared for during the festive season. But this year, with social distancing guidelines still firmly in place, you may be less inclined to volunteer to serve food at your local soup kitchen or wrap and hand out gifts at the shelter. 

The good news: You can still give back to your community without putting your own health and comfort at risk. Here are three ways you can make a socially-distant difference this holiday season.  

Make Deliveries

If you don’t feel comfortable serving food directly to people in need and you have a car, you can deliver prepared food and other necessary items instead. Vulnerable populations like seniors and others who need to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe and healthy still need holiday meals and local churches and service groups are likely delivering those straight to them. Reach out to see if they are looking for people to pick up these items and deliver them to homes or facilities in your area. 

Participate in a Food Drive

Nonperishable food drives may be more important this year than ever before. Why? People may be less likely to help prepare cooked items if it requires close proximity with others. But food drives don’t have that requirement, nor do they necessitate much of a time commitment either. So this year if you notice a food drive in your apartment building or nearby, take a moment to stop and peruse the list of requested items and then pick up a couple on your next trip to the grocery store. Or if there isn’t a food drive in your building, consider asking the property manager if and how you might set one up.

Send Holiday Cards

A great way to engage with charitable organizations both in your community and beyond without ever leaving your home is to make and send holiday cards. Many homes and charities, from children’s shelters to assisted living facilities and more, will put out requests and information regarding the types of notes and cards you can send to their residents to brighten their season. Check out Cards for Hospitalized Kids, which provides card-making guidelines and instructs you on where to send them, or The Angel Card Project, which gives you the opportunity to send cards to the less fortunate.
Are you giving back in a new way this holiday season? We’d love to hear about it! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram @powerforlifefitness and share how you’re spreading holiday cheer!

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