The holidays have a tendency to coax a very generous personality out of the community, as it has been reported by websites such as Business Wire that over 70% of surveyors give more than normal during the holiday season. While there are many who plan to budget for what they want to give, there are others who would like to participate, but are not sure where to start. If you find yourself in the latter group, then take a look at the following list. As Real Life Church strives to be a beacon in our community, there are several ways for our members to get involved locally. Not only are there Bowling Green organizations accepting special monetary donations, but there are also those with special events and projects that strive off volunteer work.
Affordable Christmas with Hope House: This special project focuses on selling new toys for 1/10 of the original price to low income families. The parents are then able to buy and provide gifts for their kids, while maintaining their dignity. Hope House is accepting monetary donations for buying the toys, donations of brand new toys, and will give information to individuals who would like to host a toy drive at their church or workplace. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.hopehousebg.com/affordable-christmas.
Bell Ringing for Salvation Army: Like every year, the Salvation Army asks for volunteers who are willing to be a bell ringer for an hour or two during the holidays. For more information, call 270-843-3485.
Teen Angel with Community Education: Families who need assistance during the holidays register for the Teen Angel program at Community Education. Before Christmas arrives, clothes and other items are distributed to the families so that their teenagers can receive gifts. If you would like to get involved, you can make a tax-deductible donation any time of the year by sending check or cash to 1227 Westen Ave. You can also submit a gift card from Wal-Mart, Meijer, Target, K-Mart, Kohl’s, or the Greenwood Mall.
Be Santa to a Senior Program with Home Instead: This local program targets seniors who may not typically receive gifts during Christmas, and it relies on volunteers to buy the gifts and/or help deliver them to the seniors’ homes. Set up much like an Angel Tree, volunteers choose an “ornament” with a first name and a list of gifts attached. Once these gifts are purchased, Home Instead coordinates with volunteers to wrap and deliver the presents. To participate, follow this link: https://www.beasantatoasenior.com. On the website, you will be able to receive more information on how to find a senior tree, purchase gifts, and how to sign up to be a volunteer, if you wish to do so.
These are just a few ideas to help you and your family find involvement in the community during the holidays, but the list of opportunities is actually much longer. If nothing else, there is also the option of starting an independent, volunteer endeavor. Select a group you would like to impact, decide on the need that should be fulfilled, and then gather a few friends to help the vision take flight. Whatever you decide to do, have fun and make this Christmas the best yet!