The holidays are upon us, and for many, finding ways to help others becomes an important tradition. With the pandemic upon us, there is no shortage of people in need. It’s the ways to help that may have become more complex, with social distancing guidelines, partial shutdowns, and other restrictions.

But there are still actions that you can take to help others in need this holiday season.

8 Ways to Help Others in 2020

Donate Your Stuff 

You may be spending more time at home than usual. If so, you’re likely surrounded by clothes that don’t fit or you no longer wear. There may be an excess of shoes. Then there’s the books, toys, and other general stuff that you no longer use. It can all be gathered and donated for the cause.

Clean Out Those Cabinets

Your kitchen may be another place where you have an excess of unused items that might find value in the right hands. If you have food that you don’t plan on eating any time soon, consider making a donation to your local food pantry.

Check on Family, Friends, and Neighbors

This can be an isolating time for all of us. A simple phone call or video chat to someone who might be feeling isolated could make a big difference. It’s a simple way to help others that can make a big difference in someone’s day.

Volunteer at Be My Eyes

The blind often need help with reading simple signs, checking expiration dates, or locating items. The organization Be My Eyes allows volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks using modern technology. It’s a simple way to make a difference from where you are.

Volunteer for Meals on Wheels  

Health guidelines are recommending that seniors stay home as much as possible. If you’re relatively healthy and able, groups like Meals on Wheels are experiencing a higher demand and need for deliveries right now. You can help ensure that

Change Your Tone

While the pandemic is certainly devastating, waking up to the “death tolls” and news of long testing lines can certainly take its toll on our mental health. While it may seem trivial, with social media you have the opportunity to spread positive news. You have the ability to make someone smile, or even change their day – and that is significant.

What are Your Passions or Talents?

Are you good with accounting? Do you have a knack for writing or web design? It may be time to consider donating your time to an organization that could benefit from your professional expertise. Talents around the home such as cooking or sewing could also open the doors to helping people.

Simple Expressions of Gratitude

Healthcare workers, teachers, grocery store clerks, and restaurant employees have all pressed on to provide people with essential services in this pandemic. You can write them a note of appreciation, send them a video, or find some other way to let them know that you care.

Celebrating the Holidays By Finding Ways to Help Others

For many, the 2020 holiday season is certain to look different than ever before. Those who are looking to provide help during these trying times may have to turn to new ways of doing so. But with a little creativity, we can certainly brighten someone’s day and provide the help that they may need.

Just because gathering and meeting in public is more difficult doesn’t mean we can’t help others.