The holiday season can be a hectic time and it can be easy to lose focus of what it’s really all about — joy and giving. If you want to support your community and those in need this year, here are a few ways to give back this holiday season.
Volunteer at a Shelter or Food Bank
Toronto soup kitchens and food banks are dedicated to serving the community, but they need your help, especially during the holidays. If you can spare some time, you have neighbours who could use some assistance. The Yonge Street Mission has several locations to serve the community. You can also contact North York Harvest Food Bank,The Stop, Fort York Food Bank, Second Harvest, Daily Bread Food Bank, just to name a few.
Donate to a Food Bank
If you don’t have spare time to donate, there are many ways you can help support food banks in your community. You can donate food, or funds or even host a fundraiser.Donating on someone’s behalf is a great holiday gift for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list.
Random Act of Kindness
You can give back to your community this holiday season in small ways, everyday. Buy a homeless person a meal or bring them a blanket, smile at the people you pass on the street, bake cookies and share them with your neighbours and coworkers, or collect canned food while you drop off the cookies and donate the food to a food bank.
Give to UNICEF
UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to ensure the wellbeing of children all around the world. You can donate to UNICEF or purchase a Survival Gift of your choice.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a volunteer-led organization committed to ending impaired driving through litigation and education, and to supporting victims and survivors of impaired driving. With chapters all over Canada, it’s easy to get involved. The best way to volunteer with MADD is to contact your local chapter. You can also make a donation. Greenrock is currently supporting MADD with our Make It Home campaign. We will donate $250 of the first month’s rent for new residents who begin renting with us this December. Eligible properties include Greenrock at Village Green and Greenrock at Davisville Village.
Support the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive
The Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive is a non profit registered charity that helps pre-screened families in need. You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at a fire hall near you to make someone’s holiday special.
Even if you can’t spare a cent this holiday season, you can still give generously to someone in need. Giving blood through Canadian Blood Services can give the gift of life to someone in need. It only takes a few minutes.
Adopt a Pet
There are many animals in need of good homes this holiday season. Before you adopt a pet, remember that the responsibility of loving and caring for it will continue long after the holidays have passed. Adopting a pet means committing to the well-being of the animal for the rest of its life. Older pets need love too and require less of a long-term commitment. Pet adoption should be discussed and planned beforehand with your family members or roommates or partners. Giving a pet as a holiday surprise may sound like a fun idea, but may not be in the animal’s or the owner’s best interests. Once you’ve made the decision, pets in need of a home are available at city shelters, or through the Toronto Humane Society.
Donate to an Animal Shelter
If adopting a pet isn’t the right choice for you and your family right now, you can still make a difference in an animal’s life. You can donate money, time, toys or anything else your local shelter may need.
Support the Canadian Cancer Society
Cancer touches all of our lives. You can help make a difference this holiday season by donating or volunteering your time. Volunteers are an essential part of The Canadian Cancer Society. You can structure your volunteer time to have the greatest effect, based on your time, skills and scope of focus.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you’re looking for ways to give back to your community this holiday season, the only limit is your imagination.
Greenrock Property Management Limitedwants to help you support your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) and Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.