10 ways to spread the cheer this year

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The holiday season is the best time to spread some cheer and laughter, especially in light of all the other festivities happening in and around the city. Instead of capping it off with a toast to a fruitful 2015, why not get out into your community and bring a bit of infectious holiday spirit to those less fortunate?

With numerous upcoming events, the opportunities to get involved are endless. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.

Need more inspiration? The United Way’s Imagine Gift catalogue offers a way for you and yours to get involved in the holiday spirit of giving back if you’re short on time. Check it out and share your cheer using the hashtag #ImagineThat.

10 Ways to Spread the Cheer This Year

By Vancity Buzz

How are you planning to spread the holiday cheer this year? We think one of the best ways to do so is to give back to your community. Here are 10 ways you can get involved.

  • Stuff A Stocking with CIAO:VAN

    By Vancity Buzz

    Check out [Christmas Inside and Out Vancouver](http://www.ciaovan.ca/)'s wish list to see which items you can add to help fill up the stockings that they'll be distributing to the city's less fortunate this holiday season.

  • Knit Cold Weather Accessories for the Homeless

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    If knitting is right up your alley, then put your talents to good use knitting cold weather accessories like scarves and mittens for the homeless. Your gift is bound to put a smile on someone's face.

  • Support a Charitable Organization Like United Way

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    If you find yourself short on time but still want to give back, then do so through a reputable organization like United Way. They'll make sure your donation goes a long way to help those in need.

  • Be A Part of the Quest Food Exchange

    By Vancity Buzz

    For any local food supplier, instead of throwing out your excess produce or nearly expired goods, donate them to the Quest Food Exchange, which will work to get your would-be-waste food to the hungry.

  • Personally Take On Santa's Job This Year

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    Do you have a random gift lying around that you don't need? Instead of letting it sit idle and unused, head on over to a local charitable organization and drop it off for someone else.

  • Cook A Holiday Meal for A Hungry Family

    By Vancity Buzz

    Contact a local homeless shelter or food bank and see if they can put you in touch with a less fortunate family. Then, get your friends and family involved in cooking up a holiday meal for them.

  • Drop Off An Item or Two at the Food Bank

    By Vancity Buzz

    We've all got stray, non-perishable food items lying around at home, so set aside a day to gather it up. Drop off the items at the [Greater Vancouver Food Bank](https://www.foodbank.bc.ca/) and help keep the shelves stocked!

  • Visit the Elderly At Your Local Nursing Home

    By Vancity Buzz

    Do you have some spare time? Set up a visit to a local nursing home, and bring your kids and/or younger siblings too. The elderly will definitely appreciate the extra company this holiday season!

  • Donate Your Gently Used Clothing

    By Vancity Buzz

    Don't wait until spring to clean out your closet. Go through your wardrobe now, and pick out any items that you no longer wear, but are still in good condition, to bring to a shelter or other charity.

  • Volunteer Your Time to a Great (Local) Cause

    By Vancity Buzz

    The holiday season is the busiest time of year for charitable organizations, so an extra set of hands is always appreciated. Check out [Go Volunteer](http://govolunteer.ca/) to be matched up with opportunities near you.


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