Benefit charity while eating, shopping, volunteering, donating and participating

By Debbie Hall

It is easy to get lost in the planning, shopping, baking, wrapping and decorating for the holiday season. Even if the past year has been difficult, something about this time of year offers a chance to be thankful and share in the festivities. Part of gratitude is sharing with others and in the spirit of giving back; here are a few suggestions to make the holidays a little brighter for everyone.

There are many local restaurants giving back to charity and here are two of them making the season brighter for many in our community.

Of course, shopping is big during the holiday season and here is a retailer sharing joy and gratitude.

There is a different kind of business offering classes, services and a retail store along with the holiday spirit.

Then there are wonderful ways to run for a cause, take a staycation or visit the fantasy of the holidays and still contribute to a bigger picture.

For the families and individuals who enjoy giving their time, there are so many volunteer opportunities over the holiday season.
However you choose to help, anything you do to add to the joy of another is truly a holiday blessing.