The season of giving should not end with the holidays
By Anita Goolcharan
As the world enters the new year, many begin to focus on their New Year’s resolutions. For most, this means eating better, hitting the gym more often or spending more time with family. However, for many charitable organizations, January marks the beginning of a dry season.
The holiday season is the peak time for donations and volunteerism due to many people feeling moved by the holiday spirit. Charities often have more donations and services between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of the year. A prime example is when food banks and soup kitchens are fully staffed on Thanksgiving but normally understaffed and underfunded throughout the year.
Beginning in January, charitable organizations resume rationing their funding. Many will have their donations or volunteer numbers dwindle. The season of giving is never really over, especially in a pandemic. While it may feel gratifying to volunteer or donate to those in need when the holidays are around the corner, it is important to remember that there are people in need year-round.
The recipients of charity are dignified people, therefore, gratitude should not be the center of why someone should donate their time or money to charity. Volunteering and other charitable acts should not be limited to the holidays.
Continuing to help others by contributing to a clothing drive or food bank year-round is a simple way to start. Another way someone can continue their charitable acts can be to serve as a mentor. UHD College of Public Service’s Collaboratory for Aging Resources & Education are offering a pandemic-friendly service to help seniors.
Led by CARE, the “Adopt a Grandparent” program aims to help console seniors who may feel isolated during the pandemic. Giving back to the community should not be limited to the holidays when there are those who may need help year-round.
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