December is often referred to as National Giving Month. Many in the Southern Tier are wondering what they can do to give back. Whether it is donating their time, money, or even just food or clothes, there are many ways you can make a difference in our community. Be encouraged that giving to charity this month will be rewarding for you as well as the charity! It’s as easy as 1,2,3….
- It feels good – Not only will the people who receive the donations feel great knowing that they have something new and useful, but you will also feel good about yourself knowing that you helped somebody else out.
- You don’t need much – When was the last time someone told you not to donate clothes or food? There are many ways you can help these charities, and it won’t cost a dime!
- It’s easy – You can either donate online from home, or go straight to the source. Many local organizations are doing a Christmas drive where all you have to do is drop off whatever items they need.
If you are looking to give back this holiday season, here is a list of 6 charities that could use your help:
1) The Salvation Army – They provide disaster relief and community development programs all over the world.
3) Habitat for Humanity- They work towards building homes for those in need as well as donating money and time to communities who are currently struggling with housing issues
4) Toys for Tots – With the economy being difficult for many families, they have annual toy drives around the holidays to bring joy into children’s lives.
5) Your local SPCA – Chemung County Human Society and SPCA (in Elmira, NY) or the Finger Lakes SPCA (in Bath, NY) are non-profit organizations that put the animals first, by creating awareness, taking action, and ensuring that their adoptable animals find loving and lifetime homes.
6) Corning Meals on Wheels provides hot nutritious meals and other nutrition services to men and women who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or at risk.
Just remember, nothing but good comes from giving!
If you would like to find out more about the benefits or different ways you can give to charities (such as including charities as a part of your estate plan), call Roth Elder Law, PLLC today at (607) 962-6162.