1. Make hats and blankets to donate

Help others stay warm this winter by gathering some fleece, wool or yarn, and putting it to good use! Make a fleece blanket using these simple instructions and donate it to Project Linus, to help warm a child in need. Or, break out your knitting needles and make a hat or baby blanket for Knots of Love. You can check Wool Works or All Free Knitting to find more organizations in your area accepting sewn and knit items.

2. Write and send greeting cards

Sending greeting cards is not just for the holidays! Write cards for Operation Gratitudeto send in care packages to deployed troops, new recruits, and veterans. Brighten a hospitalized child’s day with a personal note or card. Want to double your good deed? Check out Greet for Good, a database of organizations that sell greeting cards benefitting the organizations or causes you care about.

3. Throw a party to fundraise for your favorite cause

Fundraising parties aren’t just for politicians and actors. You can throw a party in your house to raise money for a cause you are passionate about. Get your friends and family to help – invite your neighbors and coworkers to attend as well. You can use this guide to help you plan your event.

Credit: Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, USA

4. Help out seniors in your neighborhood

Cold weather, ice and snow can present some challenges for the elderly. Use this guide help a neighbor winterize their home to protect against winter’s chill. You could also help someone do their grocery shopping, bring over a fresh, home-cooked meal, or offer to pitch in with household chores.

This article was originally published on Points of Light and appears here with permission.


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