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Give the Gift of Positivity in a Global Pandemic

What can be said about 2020 that hasn’t already been said?

In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re opting into positivity and rounding out the year with a giving heart. With Christmas, Hanukkah and other winter holidays coming up quickly in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s arguably more important now than ever due to spread seasonal some cheer.

Consider doing what you can to give back. Monetary donations are great when feasible, and so is giving your time to a worthy cause. Consider these unique options for “gift” giving this unique holiday season. 

Be Someone’s Friend

If you have the time, offer peer counseling support to other students at your school. People have drastically different conditions and lives, and we’re all being uniquely affected during this time. Lending an ear to someone who needs to talk can go a long way. If your school has a “buddy” program for making friends, consider joining—you’ll gain new friendships and help make others less lonely, which is a win-win.

Volunteer (Safely)

If safe, consider (socially distanced) volunteering and assisting local charities and non-profit organizations and programs. They’d greatly appreciate the help during this time and you can help make the holidays special for everyone.

Give Gifts With Purpose

If you’re shopping for holiday presents for loved ones, purchase items that give back. This can come in many forms, from sustainable items to brands that donate products or even homemade goods. Some of my favorites are Etsy sellers, Girlfriend Collective activewear, Parks Project, Patagonia, Warby Parker and Toms.

One of my favorite gift ideas I felt was deserving of its own point: Sierra Club’s Adopt an Animal certificates and stuffed animals. For $50, you can “adopt” your own animal (you’ll receive a booklet about them and an adoption certificate, as well as the plush toy) and proceeds provide for them and Sierra Club’s mission.

Recruit Others on Social Media

Utilize the power of social media. If you can’t physically or financially afford to donate, share your favorite organizations and businesses online. Your followers may be able to help, and the companies will appreciate the support.

Look To Your Own Circle

Offer to help those around you. Offer to pick up groceries and run errands for those that may not be able to purchase their own, or donate goods to local charities and food banks. Sometimes you don’t have to look beyond your own friend group or neighborhood for someone in need of something as simple as a pick-me-up or as vital as food for their next meal. 

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Author: Sierra Warshawsky

Cece is a college student pursuing a degree in social media management, public relations, marketing, and branding. She hopes to one day work in the entertainment industry in the field and she enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, cooking, and listening to true crime podcasts.