As we gather around fireplaces, kitchen tables and Christmas movies playing in the living room, it’s easy to forget. For some people in our community, these days are a harsh reminder of things they miss tremendously. Special things, comforting things and people they have lost are no longer there for them.
And it’s one of our core values as a small business is to give back to those people whenever we can. We know you value it, too.
So, in a season of giving and receiving, we want to offer a list of ways we can give what we can to receive the joy that comes with selflessness and community.
10 Ways You Can Give Back This Holiday Season
1. Amazon Smile
Did you know If you’re shopping at Amazon this holiday season, please consider taking advantage of their Amazon Smile program to support local charities and nonprofits. The Amazon Smile program donates 0.5% of the amount you spend on qualified purchases to the charity of your choice. It’s the same amazon, same prices, but when you start your shopping trip at:
Smile.Amazon.com you can also give back! It’s that simple
This Post Falls based organization provides basic necessities and essential household items to veterans, active military and their families at no cost. You can volunteer at their shop or donate to help out our invaluable men and women of the armed forces here in North Idaho.
3. Safe Passage
This charity is so important this year. Safe Passage helps all survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including children.
They offer a safe shelter, counseling, court advocacy and more. Their services are free and confidential and easily accessible.
4. The Children’s Village
Children’s Village serves children displaced from their families due to abuse, neglect, or severe family crisis. Children are placed here by the state, through the Department of Health and Welfare, as well as by families unable to provide adequate care as a result of a severe crisis. Check out their video to see the type of impact this organization has. 😍
5. Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization.
Their primary outreach is to eliminate substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
6. Union Gospel Mission
From almost 70 years, Union Gospel Mission’s purpose has been to break – not perpetuate – the cycle of homelessness. They do this through shelter, job training and recovery programs. 🖤 They believe a better life is possible for people currently living on the streets and want to do everything we can to encourage them toward that end – to offer real change, real hope.
We love that. Consider volunteering or donating to them this season!
7. Lake City Community Food Bank
Lake City Community Food Bank provides food to the hungry in our community who are in crisis and need short term assistance. 🙏🏼
This is only made possible through the generous donations of people who give! Check out their website for items in need this season.
8. Kootenai Health
Volunteers are needed to meet the changing environment. If you have a desire to help others, there are options for you at Kootenai Health! They need compassionate individuals able to commit to at least four hours per week, enjoy helping others, and have a willing and caring heart. Find more information on their site 😄
9. Kootenai Humane Society
Kootenai Humane Society relies on donations and support to rescue and adopt more than 2,000 pets each year. Their No-Kill Philosophy means they never place a time limit on how long cats, dogs, and other pets stay at the shelter.
Consider donating your time or funding their charity this season!
10. Elderhelp of North Idaho
Elderhelp of North Idaho has been serving Kootenai County since 2005. If you or anyone in your family is available for minor house reparations, weatherization, snow shoveling, yard maintenance or local moving, consider helping our seniors this season.
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." --Leo Buscaglia