‘Tis the season for giving back

holiday-giving

You know what they say: “the holidays are the season for giving”. Luckily for us, the Niagara region and Greater Toronto Area aren’t short of opportunities in which students can get involved.

Baby, it’s cold outside

Any time between Monday to Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., local churches partner with other community groups to provide a hot meal and overnight shelter for those in need. This Out of the Cold program has been running as of Nov. 1, until Mar. 31. Depending on the day of the week, a different church hosts Out of the Cold, including Cathedral of St. Catharines, St. Alfred Roman Catholic Church and Westminster United Church, to name a few. The primary job of volunteers is to serve food to community members and the only requirements for volunteers are open-mindedness and good listening skills.

Contact: Susan Venditti (svenditti@startmeupniagara.ca)

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Winter came a little earlier than expected this year, with the first real snowfall hitting us in mid-November. Along with the frenzy of flurries comes the time to dig out those dreaded shovels, snow blowers and salt buckets to pave a path through our driveways and sidewalks. Volunteer Hamilton is always looking for strong volunteers to shovel snow for community members that are unable to do so through their Snow Angels program. Make the experience even more fun and enjoyable by bringing a friend or two along and competing for the title of the strongest, fastest shoveller around.

Visit: volunteerhamilton.on.ca/programs/snow-angels-2

Do you see what I see?

Every holiday season, I see sparkly and decorative wrapping paper, colourful ribbons, decked-out gift bags and endless amounts of tape stuck to my clothes and fingers. Thankfully, it’s all for a good cause. Many malls, from Square One in Mississauga to Fairview Mall in St. Catharines, host gift-wrapping stations for shoppers to come by and get those presents wrapped in time for the big day. These stations are staffed with volunteers that have a keen sense of creativity, attention to detail and are filled with holiday spirit. Who knows, you might even be able to get a selfie on Santa’s lap while you’re there busily wrapping gifts for him!

Visit: your local mall for more details about this opportunity.

Giving back this season isn’t so hard, even if it’s a simple holiday card. At the end of the day, the Grinch said it best: “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more”.

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