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10 Easy Ways to Pay it Forward This Holiday Season

Posted by Skye Anderson on Dec 5, 2019 1:25:59 PM

Two women hugging and exchanges gifts

One of the best gifts is spreading kindness and joy, especially during the holidays. We’d like to encourage our readers to pay it forward this Christmas and have fun while doing so!


1. Shovel a neighbour’s walkway

Do you live beside an elderly individual or a single parent who’s got their hands full with kids? Consider shoveling their walk or drive way one day. It would be a wonderful surprise for them and benefit you as well with the extra physical activity.


2. Drop your extra food off at a shelter

If you have some canned goods that have been in your pantry for a while, consider taking them into a shelter or look up local food bank donations in your area. Many craft shows and Christmas events have food bank donation bins, so do a little research before heading to your Christmas event empty handed.


3. Re-gift your gift cards to someone in need

Do you have a coffee gift card that’s been at the bottom of your purse for months? Consider giving it to someone in need since you haven’t used it yet. And even if you’ve used a little of the balance, you can still give it to someone if there’s enough left on the card to buy an item or two.


4. Buy a stranger their coffee

Two people sharing coffee

Have you ever gone to pay your bill only to be informed it’s taken care of? Secretly buying someone their coffee in the drive through line or lunch in a restaurant is kind of like you’re Santa. An anonymous gift giver – spreading the joy of Christmas!


5. Bake holiday treats for others

This is one of the most inexpensive ways to pay it forward and it’s a lot of fun. You can literally bake love into the treats and think of all the holiday joy you’ll be spreading while crafting the delicious goods. A super easy holiday recipe that looks amazing and tastes even better is Peppermint Bark.


6. Give the gift of travel

What better way to pay it forward than giving the gift of travel for someone who needs it? Our Express Packs are the ultimate way to save on Red Arrow trips. They never expire and are fully transferrable, so you can buy an Express Pack for yourself and give a trip to a loved one.


7. Volunteer at a local charity

There are many charities in need of extra hands – especially during the holidays. Usually, you can sign up individually or get a group of people together. You can easily volunteer at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre just by signing up online!


8. Give a box of cookies to a homeless person

Next time you buy a holiday snack or treat for yourself, double your purchase so you can give the same treat to someone who’d really appreciate it. Boxes of cookies, chips, or sodas are easy to access, non-perishable items you can carry in your backpack and give to someone who looks like they need a bit of cheer.


9. Donate your extra clothing

Andrew loading donations into the Diabetes Canada Declutter van

It’s been a while since the infamous spring clean, so take another look at your wardrobe and see what you can part ways with. There are a lot of people in need of basic clothing, especially during the colder months in Canada. Reach out to your local shelters and charities to see how to donate your clothes. Diabetes Canada will conveniently send their Declutter van right to you, so you don’t have to haul your bags of clothing to downtown.


10. Volunteer at a pet shelter

Not only are less fortunate humans in need of help this holiday season, but animals are too. Check out your local animal shelter for ways you can give back to the animal community. Places like the Edmonton Humane Society make volunteering a breeze, so why not spend part of your holiday playing with animals who may need a little cheering up?


We hope that you can adopt some of these ways to pay it forward into your daily holiday routine. And even though we talk about giving back during the holidays, remember to extend that kindness after Christmas as well. Happy Holidays from all of us at Red Arrow Motorcoach!




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