In the swirl of all the holiday decorations and music, lavish family meals and gift exchanges, sometimes we forget that not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy this season. The stark reality is that millions of children go to bed hungry every night – even on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
There are meaningful ways to make a difference and extend a hand of compassion and support. Here are five ways to spread the spirit of giving and grace.
- Deliver a meal. You may know someone who doesn’t always have enough money to buy enough food. Or maybe a friend or family member has recently lost their job, is dealing with a medical issue, or is an older adult who would love a hot meal. Take food to them! It does not have to be homecooked, but a warm meal is a heartfelt way to show you care.
- Ask guests to donate instead of bringing a gift. Forget the hassle of a gift exchange game or the pressure to bring a hostess gift! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your house or organizing a large Christmas party, ask guests to donate to help hungry children instead of bringing a gift.
- Volunteer. It won’t cost you anything, but the feeling of helping your neighbors in need during the holiday season is priceless! Volunteers for Feed the Children pack boxes with food and household supplies at five distribution centers around the country. The work of volunteers is vital to our mission.
- Leave a legacy of generosity. Talk to your kids and grandchildren about hunger and why some people need help. Explain the facts and how they can help change someone’s life with their generosity. Share the stories of those who have received help from Feed the Children.
- Become a monthly donor. Sadly, children go hungry year-round. Giving each month is the most effective and efficient way to partner in the fight against hunger. Your monthly gift is more than a one-time lifeline. It helps children on a regular basis and shows them someone cares about their future.
During the holiday season, there are many ways to help kids who don’t have enough to eat. Your help – no matter how you choose to express it – shows them that there is hope. Together, we can transform this season into a time of true giving, where no child goes to bed hungry, even during the most festive of times.