1. Donate to a food drive/bank: Food banks need our support year-round, but their resources are stretched especially thin through the holiday season due to demand. The best way to donate is through a monetary gift, however, as most food banks have partnerships with local grocery stores where they can get more food for a dollar than average shoppers. Find your local food bank to donate to on Feeding America's website.
2. Donate winter coats, hats, and gloves: The cold winter weather we experience in Michigan can chill you to the bone. Help keep up local children and adults in need from being cold at home, school, or work this year by donating your gently-used winter coats, hats, and gloves to Just For Kids or the Salvation Army.
3. Adopt a family: Help make the holiday season one to remember for a family in need in your local area. You can adopt a family through Volunteers of America to provide direct support, such as food, toys, and clothing.
4. Donate toys: Make a child's Christmas extra special this year by making sure they receive a toy under the tree. You can donate new toys or gently used toys to local children's hospitals or Toys for Tots.
5. Volunteer at an animal shelter: Dogs, cats, and other animals can use some love and attention during the holiday season as well. Find a local animal shelter or humane society to volunteer at this December.
6. Use Amazon Smile: Are you an avid Amazon shopper? Instead of using the regular "amazon.com" URL, register your account through "smile.amazon.com". It's the same Amazon you use, except 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the charity of your choice.
Make it a great holiday season for those in need this year with any of these 6 ways to give back. At Graff Chevrolet Bay City, giving back is extremely important to us and a core tenant of our business. Learn about the many causes and organizations we donate and help raise money for on our Community Involvement page. Also, before you do any holiday traveling this month, make sure your vehicle is running in top shape by scheduling an appointment at the Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center.