How to Give Back This Holiday Season

With the arrival of cooler temperatures and fall colors, many may be getting in the holiday mood. While this time of year is full of fun, food and laughter with friends and family alike, it's also a great time to give back to your community and those in need. It's the season for giving, so whether it’s a helping hand, a special donation or just a friendly hello, a little bit of giving can go a long way. Read on to see just a few ways to give back this holiday season.

1. Operation Turkey

Operation Turkey's humble roots stem back to 6th Street, when founder Richard Bagdonas handed out a meal to a homeless gentleman in 2000. Now, this 100% volunteer organization has over 20,000 volunteers and has provided over 40,000 meals to help those in need celebrate Thanksgiving with a warm meal. Now a presence in 13 cities and 6 states, giving to Operation Turkey is easy. Volunteer your time from 8am-12pm on Thanksgiving day, and spend the morning handing out warm meals and necessary clothing to those in need. Or, make a donation online. 100% of your donation will go towards food to make a holiday meal, so you’ll know you’re money is going to a good place.

2. Austin Habitat for Humanity

What better way to give back this holiday season then building a home for a family in need? Whether you plan a volunteer day with your friends or work, or simply donate money online, there are many ways to help this organization.

3. Holiday Toy Drives

There are many children in Austin that won’t wake up to a tree full of gifts without the help of others. Thankfully, there are a variety of toy drives happening throughout the holiday season. There's Casa's Holiday Toy Drive, Toys for Tots, the Chuy's Giving to Children Parade, and more. There are also many places to donate lightly used toys around town. Whether you can give money, buy new toys for a family in need, or donate toys you no longer use, participating in or helping with holiday toy drives is just one way to make the season bright.

4. Give Your Time

Last but not least, if you're low on cash or simply prefer to donate your time and hard work, there are so many volunteer opportunities not only during the holidays, but year-round in Austin. With websites like Volunteer Match, it's never been easier to find a cause that speaks to your interests. Whether you're interested in advocacy and human rights, health and medicine, education or children, there are always groups needing help in Austin, Texas.

As you can see, there are tons of ways to help near our Apartments near Dripping Springs. Whether you donate your time, lend a helping hand to a neighbor, or give money, it's the season for sharing and caring.