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Ways to give back this holiday season

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As the most wonderful time of the year quickly approaches, many of us are filled with joy and love. The holidays make us all happier and full of good spirits because the semester is finally almost over and we get to go back home to our families and friends.

Thanksgiving reminded us to be thankful for what we have as we celebrate with great food. We should also remember to continue this momentum of thankfulness and appreciation whether it be for the food we eat, the roof over our heads or our education.

What better way to share your holiday cheer than giving back. Here are some easy yet rewarding ideas/ways you can:

1. Donate food to the Wildcat Food Pantry.

This is a year-round option where students can help other students who do not have an adequate amount of food.

2. Rummage through your closet for warm clothes that you are not planning on wearing anymore and give it to the homeless.

Many of us know homelessness in Chico is a major issue and they are going to face tough weather conditions with winter approaching. To be able to give a helping hand, whether it be giving an old sweatshirt or simply a warm smile, would make a difference.

3. Volunteer at the local Torres Community homeless shelter.

They are always accepting help, especially during the holiday season. There are many positions available from helping coordinate events to serving food during meal times.

4. Donate money.

We are already struggling college students but it is fair to say most have at least five dollars they to donate to foundations or charities online. Always remember to check if the cause is legitimate and not just a scam before giving your money. Some great ones are Oxfam America Unwrapped, Heifer International and Hope International.

Whichever way you decide to contribute to the less fortunate it is always nice to remember that the more you give the more you shall receive.

Ask yourself if there is any way possible you could make a difference in somebody’s life. Whether it be through a generous donation or a simple act of kindness.

The holidays should forever be a time of love and there is no better way than expressing this by sharing with others.

Danielle Cortes can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter.

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