5 Ways Small Businesses Can Make a Big Difference During the Holidays

It’s easy to see why this is so many people’s favorite time of year. The holiday season is a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have, spend time with family and take some well deserved time off. But it’s also a time to help to those less fortunate.  

As a small business, it’s easy to feel lost in the sea of big business. With huge companies donating millions to charity, it can be difficult to think your company could actually make a difference in the world. But don’t boil the ocean. Instead of trying to end world hunger or poverty, focus on making a difference in your community. Think about how your company could donate time, rather than money. By thinking small, your small business can make a big difference.

Here’s 5 ways small businesses can make a huge impact during the holiday season:

1. Serve at a Soup Kitchen

As a small business, you might not be able to cut a check, but you can certainly serve a hot meal. Block off a day for you and your employees to volunteer at your local soup kitchen and take a company field trip. Not only will you be giving back to your community and helping those in need, but it will also boost morale and serve as a great team bonding experience.

2. Adopt a Family

There are thousands of families across the country in need of assistance during the holidays, and you can help put presents in their living rooms. This seemingly small donation of your time and money makes a world of difference to these families. This year, Hub adopted a family through the Salvation Army. We collected employee donations, went shopping, and then got busy wrapping the gifts as if we were Santa’s newest elves. When we finally stepped back to a mountain of gifts, I can assure you, our donation did not feel small. And because acts of kindness often inspire people to pay it forward, who knows how far your act of kindness will spread!

3. Organize a Food/Toy/Coat Drive

If you’re looking to make a bigger impact, drives are great for smaller businesses, and they also get the community involved. Encourage employees to make a donation and spread the word to their friends and family. Fliers and emails are a great way to get the community involved, too. The more viral your drive goes, the more you can collect and donate.
To hold a food drive, click here
To hold a toy drive, click here
To hold a coat drive, click here

4. Hold a Raffle for Charity

Consider raffling off something of high value such as a vacation, a gift basket, or an expensive electronic. Get your employee’s involved by collecting donations to go towards the purchase of the raffle item. Then, sell raffle tickets and donate all of the proceeds to the charity of your choice. This is a great annual tradition for small businesses because as your company grows, the raffle can grow with you.
Check out pinterest for great raffle ideas 

5. Support Our Troops

It’s easy to understand how our troops might be feeling lonely during this time of year. Care packages and holiday cards are a great way to remind them they they’re not alone, and certainly not forgotten. There are also programs to adopt a military family and help support them through the holiday season. Check them out here:
http://www.anysoldier.com/index.cfm
http://soldiersangels.org/holiday-adopt-a-family-program/


How does your business give back during the holiday season? If you could donate a million dollars to any charity which one would it be?