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11 Memorable Gifts to GiveľNo Wrapping Paper Required


Choosing to give a gift doesn’t have to require tape, scissors or wrapping paper. Giving in your community can fulfill a greater good without struggling through holiday hassles. 

Here are 11 suggestions:

1. Make a donation to a charity that advocates for a cause that resonates with you. There are so many amazing local causes. For example, the Mission at Kern County helps individuals recovering from drug addiction to find a second chance, through sobriety and stable life choices. Kern Community Foundation partners with many regional charities, from the Alzheimer’s Association to entrepreneurial programs that support women and girls.

2. Host a holiday party and request that each guest bring an unwrapped book to donate instead of hosting a gift exchange. Foster care organizations and public libraries are always looking for new titles.

3. Pick up a package of diapers to donate. Local charities are always seeking diapers because they’re not covered by public food assistance or Medicaid.

4. Choose an extra package of socks or underwear the next time you’re at the store to donate to a shelter drive.

5. Fill an old purse you’re no longer using with hygiene products and store it in your car. The next time you see a woman in need, hand it to her. Those small but important items are often forgotten in charitable giving.

6. Pay off school lunch balances at your neighborhood school’s cafeteria.  

7. Give your time to an organization you care about. Volunteer to better understand its work first-hand.

8. Illness knows no season and never takes a holiday. Provide respite care to families in local intensive care unit (ICU) settings by working directly with hospital-based volunteer groups.

9. Plan an outing with one member of your family at a time. Turn off your phone and just enjoy your conversation together.

10. Set up Amazon Smile to benefit a group of your choice through a percentage of all your holiday purchases this year.

11. Participate in an organized fun run to support an organization that makes a difference right here in Kern County. 

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