Nothing makes you feel better than helping someone else and these 3 community activities do just that while building a sense of community and possibly drumming up some great PR along the way!
- Host a blood drive
- Host a food drive
- Adopt a family (or 2 or more) for Christmas
Giving in a productive way to those in need not only helps those who receive it also helps those who give. What better starting point for a great community activity this holiday season than giving. We have lined up three great possibilities and gathered some How -To information for each. To expand the reach of your activity you could post flyers at local businesses and invite the public to stop by and make donations, maybe they will like your community so much they will want to make it their new home.
Host a Blood Drive
Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion according to the American Red Cross. All blood types are currently needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative, and A negative, in order to meet demand.
Blood drives are a great way to boost interest in your property, involve the community, and allow residents and staff an opportunity to get to know each other.
for more information on hosting a blood drive visit this Red Cross website
Host a Food Drive
Google “How to organize a food drive in [your county, state]and you will likely find more than one organization ready to accept your help, many of them have lots of helpful hints on hosting a successful food drive and even offer posters and flyers for you to use to promote your event. Northwest Harvest offers these helpful Food Drive How-To’s on their website.
- Decide whether to hold your own drive or participate in a local food drive or event. Check our calendar for ideas.
- Decide when you’d like to hold your drive. Although the holidays are a popular time of year, food is needed year-round. You might consider holding a drive in the spring or summer when supply is especially low. Hosting a themed food drive, such as a collection to benefit kids during the summer months, is a great idea.
- Decide how long to hold your food drive. Will it be one day, a week, a month? Or perhaps this is an ongoing effort? It’s entirely up to you.
- Do you want to collect food, money or both? Northwest Harvest can feed a family of three one nutritious meal for 67 cents, and we have money collection boxes available for your use. We can also provide food collection boxes if you’re hosting a drive.
- Do you need posters? We can deliver them with boxes in many cases or you can download them yourself. You can also download our list of preferred foods by clicking here.
- Fill out a food drive application form and submit it. Our food drive coordinator Catherine McAuliffe will contact you to arrange details.
- Host your food drive and give it plenty of support.
- Email your co-workers, friends and neighbors to rally support.
- Make good use of Northwest Harvest posters and choose central locations for your food collection boxes.
- Set a goal and monitor the progress.
- Hold a contest between departments, classes, troops, etc. to see who can raise the most. Offer incentives for those who contribute the most to your drive.
Click here to down load this free power point food drive flyer
Adopt a family (or 2 or 3) for Christmas
The Salvation Army Hosts a program called Adopt-A-Family…
The Adopt-A-Family (AAF) program matches impoverished families with individual or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Without the benefit of an adoption, these families would be looking forward to a very grim holiday. Being adopted is designed to be a once or, on very rare occasions, twice in a lifetime event for recipient families.
When an Adopt-A-Family match is made, the family information and wish lists are sent to the sponsor. The Salvation Army ensures that the family receives the gifts and food during the week before Christmas.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
― Dalai Lama XIV