Everyone is getting ready for Christmas; honestly speaking, it is the most wonderful and amazing time of the year for most of us. We all want to spread the Christmas cheer in the best way we know how, and it’s all about giving back – especially when our families are oriented towards service, and there’s nothing more magical than sharing what we have with the military community.
Fortunately for us, there are myriad ways you can give back and make the holidays even more special for those in need. It doesn’t even have to be a grand gesture or affair – sometimes, little acts of kindness make a really big difference. So here are some ways you can plan a Christmas event – big or small – to give back to the military.
Fill their stockings
One way you can give back – and it won’t cost you too much of an effort, either – is to fill their stockings. So if you want nothing more than to spread some holiday cheer to some veterans this season, you can find your local Veterans Affairs office or a base hospital – and fill their stockings. It doesn’t have to be much – a few toiletries, gift cards, or new (or gently-used) clothing will do. Hospital rooms can also be gifted with coffee, creamer, and magazines – all it takes is a bit of effort, and it already goes a long way.
Set up a special day
If you have the time and the funds for it, or you have a bigger organization of volunteers or those who want to help, you can set up a special day for the veterans! Organize a fun day for them and their loved ones, hire magicians and face painters, and set up funfair rides and attractions through a funfair hire company! It’s amazingly easy to do, and you can set up bouncy castles, giant trampolines, and a Ferris wheel or a roller coaster to get everyone to enjoy. Everyone, young and old, can enjoy it, and it’s a great way to spend time and bond with each other.
Sponsor a cookie and bake-off day
Another way you can give back to the military community is by baking! If you love to bake or have a group of volunteers who love baking, you can invite them to have fun at a bake-off. Show off your baking skills and give away some cookies and other sweet treats, and you can give them away at your local base hospital, fire department, police department, or family support center. If you want, you can get everyone in a nice holiday mood by donning Santa or elf hats and delivering the goodies!
Host a ‘care package’ event
You can also give back to those deployed service members’ families by hosting a ‘care package’ event or party for the entire family. Invite the families and loved ones of deployed service members, and you can make it an even more special day by hosting a holiday luncheon. Afterward, you can head to the shops with the families of deployed service members to pick up some holiday treats like candies or granola bars and little gifts for the little ones!
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