Racine County has a rich history of giving among its residents. Over the years, thousands have donated time, efforts, money and material goods all in the name of making our community better place for all. This holiday season is no different.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of life, make the holidays heartfelt this year. Whether you choose to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa – or maybe you celebrate multiple holidays – keep the giving spirit at the forefront of your intentions.
The true meaning of giving isn’t about purchasing the most expensive present. It’s not about scoring the biggest sale.
It’s about giving from the heart. It’s about supporting our community. It’s about reaching out and extending a hand to those in need.
These five acts of giving can make a big difference without spending a penny this holiday season.
1. Support local & small businesses
Want to learn more about the businesses in our community? Visit the Racine County Eye’s Business Spotlight page to read stories of many of our local and small shops.
- Write a positive review
- Follow, connect and engage on social media
- Sign up for their newsletters, emails or texts
Racine County is full of thriving local and small businesses. You may not have the need to shop at a particular location, or the financial ability to support all of them this holiday season, however, you can still make a big difference:
2. Volunteer with local nonprofits
Give your time this holiday season to local nonprofits. Their vital services can’t be done without the help of committed volunteers. Look for a nonprofit that has a mission you support or interests you and give your time to something bigger than .
Not sure who to volunteer with? Check out the Racine County Eye’s Giving Tuesday page. Donating your time is not only a free way to make an impact; it can also be of great significance in someone’s life.
Looking for an upcoming event at which you can volunteer? Learn about how you can get involved in the 13th Annual Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanks Thanksgiving Feast.
Want to give more than your time? You can share the Giving Tuesday guide with family and friends for an extra way to give love to local nonprofits. While not free, you can also make a monetary donation, perhaps if you are not in the place to do so, encourage others to.
Share the Giving Tuesday guide with family and friends for an extra way to make a difference to local nonprofits. Want to give more than your time? (While a monetary donation is not part of our “free acts” of giving, we would be remiss if we didn’t encourage it. Our Giving Tuesday guide is full of worthy organizations that truly make our community a better place. And if you are not in the place to do so, encourage others to.)
3. Acts of service
Lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need. There are plenty of ways to extend kindness to fellow community members. These are tasks that you can do for free for someone else this holiday season:
- Shovel someone’s driveway
- Help set up someone’s outdoor holiday lights
- Collect and deliver their mail (ask permission first)
- Offer to take someone’s shopping cart back into the store or cart collection area
- Help wrap presents
The people of Racine County have been providing acts of service that are making a tangible difference in other people’s lives. Read about middle school students who raised money for local veterans, students who are helping develop a prosthetic for a dog, or the 9-year-old who saved her classmate from choking.
This holiday season it’s likely that more clothes, shoes, and other items will make their way into your home. In attempts to make space for the potential new gifts you’ll be receiving, you can donate to local shelters or thrift stores.
Local spots in Racine County:
- HALO – Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization
- 2000 DeKoven Ave., Unit 1, Racine, WI 53403
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Racine County Council
- 2118 Rapids Drive, Racine, WI 53404
- 822 Forrest Lane, Waterford, WI 53185
- Hospitality Center
- 614 Main St., Racine, WI 53403
- Safe Haven of Racine
- 1030 Washington Ave., Racine, WI 53403
- The Salvation Army
- 4901 Washington Ave., Racine, WI 53406
5. Stay healthy through the holidays
The holidays are a great time to spread cheer, but unfortunately, germs too. This holiday season, a great way to give is by not giving your family, friends, or fellow community members any illnesses.
By doing your part to stay healthy, you can give others a healthy holiday season. Ways to take care of yourself and others include:
- Washing your hands
- Wearing a mask
- Wiping down shopping carts
- Staying informed on the latest COVID-19, influenza, and RSV infections
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