By: Next Apartment
Your community, Lifestyle, Holidays, Giving Back

Giving back: 'Tis the Season to Give!

This holiday season, make the life of someone in need a little brighter by volunteering your time, money, or support.

Next Apartment would like to help you find a way to give back! We have some great ideas on where you can volunteer close to home.

For those with extra time in their hands and love in their heart - consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister in Sault Ste. Marie. There are many children throughout our community who are in need of an adult friend. In Aurora, you can volunteer at Kinark Child and Family Services as a friend mentor, in a children's group, or as a program volunteer.

Help build a house for someone in your community with Habitat for Humanity! In Sault Ste. Marie, you can become a community builder, make a donation, or shop at the ReStore. The ReStore accepts donations of building materials, appliances, and e-waste. In Aurora, you can pick up a Gingerbread house kit at the GTA Habitat office for $50, with all proceeds going towards building homes.

Our four-legged friends need help during the holiday season too! When you cannot adopt a pet, you can become a volunteer at the Provincial Education & Animal Centre SPCA in Newmarket. This SPCA is also in need of items like dog and cat food, cat litter, paper towels, and more. The Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society also welcomes volunteers, members, and monetary donations or gifts for the animals.

Giving is always better than receiving, so this year, give a little of yourself to people in your own community who need it. Here are some additional ways you can help during the holiday season:

  • Volunteer to remove snow in your own neighbourhood or join the Volunteer Snow Removal Service in Aurora.
  • Donate money to the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign while you are shopping.
  • Help you neighbour by running errands, getting groceries, or cleaning for them.
  • When buying your morning cup of coffee, buy someone else's anonymously.
  • Donate to the Yellow Brick House to support women and children who have experienced violence or abuse.
  • Drop off non-perishable food items, household items, and fresh fruit or vegetables to your local food bank.