This post is sponsored by Amazon, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you’re looking for ways to give back this holiday season as a family, here are a few ideas.
One of our favorite holiday family traditions is giving back and supporting causes we are passionate about. Bringing joy to others is what the holidays are all about. And there is no better feeling than knowing that you can make a positive impact. There’s no need to make huge donations to charities. Small acts of kindness and small donations can make a huge impact and really add up.
Ideas for giving back to the community as a family
Giving is what the holidays are all about. There are lots of ways in which you can get the entire family involved in giving back. Sharing the joy of the holidays with everyone and doing what we can to take care of our planet and our community is good for everyone.
Here are some ideas of ways in which the entire family can get involved in the spirit of giving.
Pay it forward in your own community
Every year we make cookies and take them to a local nursing home. We also make dog cookies and take them to the local animal shelter. Giving back in your own community not only helps those near you but also lets you make a personal impact in someone’s life.
I love that we give back as a family. And doing fun activities with the kids – like making cookies – helps to reinforce the idea that giving back is something that is fun and brings joy to all involved.
Shop through AmazonSmile
I buy most of my holiday gifts, as well as holiday decorations, on Amazon. But did you know that with every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile a portion of the purchase price of eligible products is donated to the charity of your choice? All you have to do is shop through the AmazonSmile website – starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. It’s that easy!
You can also choose the charity you want your donations to go to. So with every purchase, and every gift that you buy through AmazonSmile, you’re making a donation to those charities and causes you’re passionate about.
Get the kids involved
Every holiday season we have conversations about how we can give back. And when we’re deciding what charities and organizations to support we always include the kids in those decisions. My daughter is really passionate about animals, while my son is passionate about protecting the environment. So we choose charities that align with the causes we want to support.
I love that we can give back to charities we’re passionate about directly through Amazon with AmazonSmile Charity Lists. We can search for our favorite organization’s Charity List and purchase items to have donated and delivered directly to the charity at their designated address.
Spread the giving spirit
Share the spirit of giving back by gifting friends and relatives an Amazon gift card and encouraging them to use it (or part of it) to give back through AmazonSmile Charity Lists or by shopping for themselves through AmazonSmile.
Make donating easy with Alexa
Did you know that you can make donations to charities through your Amazon Echo, or any Alexa enabled device? It couldn’t be easier. You just say “Alexa I would like to make a donation” then you tell Alexa what charity you want to donate to and the amount. It’s that easy.
If you’re not sure what charity to donate to, your Amazon Echo will even send a list of the registered charities to your mobile device, so it’s easy to choose.
If you’re looking for to spread joy this Christmas, Amazon makes it easier than ever to pay it forward. Whether you’re shopping through AmazonSmile, making a donation to your favorite charity through AmazonSmile Charity Lists, or donating through Alexa, it’s easier than ever to give back this holiday season.
Don’t forget to visit Amazon’s Holiday Store at smile.amazon.com/holiday for everything you need (and more) this holiday season.