There’s something about the holiday season that makes us want to give back. Maybe it’s the extra time spent with friends and family, the gifts received and given, or the heartfelt reminders in songs and movies that each of us has something to offer. We can all help someone less fortunate. Whatever the reason, we often find ourselves opening our hearts to others during this time of year. It’s all too easy to let the feelings of goodwill fade after the presents are unwrapped and the decorations are packed away.
This year, Leibona challenges you to bring the spirit of generosity with you into the new year. We’ve put together simple ways to give back in any season.
Shop for a cause
We’re constantly purchasing new items for our closets and homes. We can make those purchases have a positive impact that goes beyond ourselves just by changing where we shop. Patronize shops that support your values. At Leibona, we highlight brands that value elegant details, quality materials, and eco friendly production methods. We also give back a portion of profits to causes that are near to our heart like children’s health and art communities.
Offer your time
Time is one of our most valuable resources, and it can be overwhelming to think about donating our time. However, most non-profits have opportunities to get involved that can be as infrequent as once a year or as regular as every week. Whether you decide to serve on a board or serve one dinner at a homeless shelter, commit to volunteering at least once in the new year.
Most of us forget how much we have because we organize and store all of our possessions. They’re out of sight and out of mind /until we take the time to really clean house. Doing a “spring cleaning” (at any time of the year) gives us an opportunity to give thanks for all that we have and to donate what we don’t use to people who will be able to put them to good use. Your old suit could be the outfit who helps someone land a job. Your never-used kitchen supplies might help a refugee family make their house a home. You never know what new life your used goods will take on.
Write a check
The smallest amounts of money can make a world of difference. In many countries, $1 is all it takes to give someone clean water for a year. Reflect on ways that you could make a small sacrifice that could change someone’s life. What if you gave up your $5 coffee once a week and donated the funds to your favorite charity? These little sacrifices add up to create large scale change.
Will you join us in giving back beyond the holiday season? Please provide feedback and links to sites you recommend we should know about and be involved with.