10 easy ways to give back this holiday season

Now that the holidays are upon, ’tis the season for taking a step back, getting cozy in a lounge chair, and indulging in life’s simplest gifts. It’s also the season of gratitude and giving back. Because if there’s anything the countless Christmas movies we’ve watched over the years have taught us, it’s that being generous is always a good idea.

When you perform acts of kindness – be they big or small – you’re positively impacting the world, and yourself, much more than you might think. Good deeds have a ripple effect – they encourage you to give again, inspire your recipient to do the same, and motivate people around you to act with kindness, too.

Because during a season that promotes overconsumption, a little giving goes a very long way.

1. Pick a reputable charity

Before opening your check book or logging into your PayPal account, do some research. Find a charity you feel passionate about through sites like Volunteer Match, Guidestar and Charity Navigator – all great resources for choosing the right nonprofit for you, and making sure it’s a reputable one.

2. Volunteer at a local food shelter or soup kitchen

It’s cold out, and many people are hungry. Dedicating a day to volunteering at a soup kitchen not only means you’re feeding those less fortunate, it’s also a great opportunity to talk to people from different walks of life and gain a new perspective.

3. Donate cans to a food bank

Collect a bunch of food cans, donate them to a food bank, and help reduce the amount of people who are hungry this holiday season. It’s a simple but effective way to lend a helping hand.

4. Donate your old jackets, coats and woolies

You know those old coats you have sitting in the far corner of your wardrobe? The ones you haven’t worn in months… or perhaps even years? Yeah, those ones. Group them into a bag and donate them to a charity to help keep someone else warm during the winter.

5. Buy books for the homeless

Books can change lives. They can ignite our imaginations, awaken new ideas and perspectives, teach us things we didn’t know, or simply allow us to get lost in a fantasy world that isn’t our own.

6. Donate blood

Save a life; donate blood. The American Red Cross encourages people to be blood donors, and your donation will really make a difference. In fact, just one pint of donated blood can save up to three lives. Scared of needles? You can just donate your blood instead!

7. Volunteer at an animal shelter

Spend some time caring for (and cuddling!) furry friends at a shelter over the holidays. Or, you can simply donate blankets, food and pet toys and treats.

8. Treat your neighbors

Connect with your community through small acts of kindness. Bake some cookies for the people next door. Make a batch of muffins for the old lady across the street. Invite a family over for dinner one night. Bask in the festive spirit.

9. Call an old friend

The holidays are a great time to re-connect with people you haven’t heard from in a while. Why not call that friend you haven’t spoken to in years? It’ll make their day – and maybe yours, too.

10. Give a compliment a day

Sometimes, making someone’s day can be as simple as a compliment. A comment of praise on a friend’s delicious homemade pumpkin soup. A appreciative remark on your co-worker’s joyous laugh. A few flattering words to waitstaff about their attentive approach. The only catch? It has to be genuine.

And hey, you may just love the feeling of giving to others so much that your generous festive spirit lives on well past Christmas.

LIVE TO GIVE: the story behind our 500,000 soap bar giveaway day

At Raw Sugar Living, our one, unyielding mission is to change the world for the better – one small bar of soap at a time.

Founded on the belief that everyone deserves to love the skin they’re in – and wake up with a smile on their faces – we never stop looking for ways to positively contribute to the planet and its people, from the smallest acts of kindness to soul-stirring grand gestures that make a real impact.

That’s why we recently partnered with the incredible organisation that is Direct Relief to give away over 500,000 fresh bars of soap to people in need.

Direct Relief’s purpose is a significant one; to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and emergencies. Their recent work in assisting people affected by Hurricane Harvey by raising $100 million in medical inventories is indicative of their relentless hard work and passion for helping people – and we’re so very honored to be partnered with such an inspiring organisation.

So, together with Direct Relief, we decided to share our passion for clean, healthy, pure living and make a difference to the lives of those who are forced to suffer through poverty and unhygienic living conditions. Because, you may be surprised to learn – hygiene is a huge global issue and almost 32% of people around the world suffer from unclean conditions that can lead to terrible illness and disease.

The whole concept behind Raw Sugar Living is love; that fuzzy, heart-warming, chicken-soup-for-the-soul feeling that makes the world go ‘round. Based on that 50-year philosophy, we firmly believe everyone should feel beautiful – from the inside out. So to us, our partnership with direct Relief and even our Raw Sugar Initiative (which means we give away a bar of soap for every product purchased) is not just a social responsibility – it’s a personal responsibility.

We’re proud to be able to say that our 500,000 soap-bar giveaway was a great success – and it gives us such wonderful satisfaction to know that we could have made even the smallest difference to people in need.

And hopefully, our initiative inspires others to help – in whatever small way they can. Because as the age-old saying goes – a little love goes a long way, and it’s the simplest things in life that make the biggest difference.

At the end of it all, giving is living.

 

 

 

 

A little Raw Sugar Love

Crafted and produced in sunny SoCal, Raw Sugar Living is a natural lifestyle brand on a mission to promote clean and healthy living through products that are good for the body and nourish the soul.

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