Supporting Local Charities This Holiday Season

The holiday season is full of joy and warmth — gathering with family, eating a hearty meal and opening a pile of presents is the norm for many of us. But for others (especially this year) the holidays can be a time of struggle. Let’s brighten the season, unburden the load, and give back to our communities as 2020 winds down!

Giving back to others with a generous spirit is truly what the season is all about. Plus, volunteering and donating is a great way to start positive new holiday traditions! Here are several ways to lend your best resources and talents near your Gemcraft home.

Volunteer Your Time

Carving out time and getting started can sometimes be the hardest part about volunteering. But everyone is busy during the holidays. You’ll have to make the effort to modify your schedule and get out there! Once you get involved in a volunteer project, you’ll experience an invigorating feeling that makes you want to volunteer even more.

Finding the time is easier than you might think. Screen time is a big distraction these days, but that’s the easiest activity to cut from your schedule. Ask your family to give up some evening or weekend screen time and join the real world with a new endeavor.

In Harrisburg, PA you can give your time at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Feel safe and secure as you serve with their COVID-safe protocols. Sign up for a box packing shift today!

There are also various volunteer opportunities available through Meals on Wheels this year. They have many serving needs including:

  • Packing meals at multiple Maryland locations
  • Packing meals at the main office in Baltimore
  • Delivering meals weekly
  • Grocery shopping for clients throughout central Maryland
  • And client wellness calls
  • Clothing and Toy Drives

With Thanksgiving almost here and Christmas just around the corner, now’s the time to get a jump on your holiday gifting. While you’re shopping, find a few bonus items to donate. Light up the season and bring a bit of joy to children and families in need by giving your gifts to the United Way of Central Maryland. You can even become a Holiday Helper by visiting their website. Find information about their gift registry, toy drive, and other volunteer and donation opportunities.

At Haley’s Helping Hands of Maryland you can support the organization financially, or give your gently used clothing and other donatable items to those who need them more.

Holiday Meal Donations

No one should be without a holiday meal this Thanksgiving! Let’s make sure we do our part to make that possible. Donate to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Turkey Drive or plan your own virtual food drive event through the York Food Bank.

If you’re in Maryland, here is a resource where you can donate and offer your Thanksgiving meal support.

Are you looking for a vibrant new community who cares about giving back. Lay down some roots and settle into the holiday season in one of our new homes throughout Central Maryland and Pennsylvania. Open the door to your new home today!