For busy wedding professionals, it can be hard to find the time to do any extracurricular activities. With the holidays quickly approaching, you’re likely to add shopping, baking, and hosting to your to-do list! There’s no shame in enjoying the holiday season, but it’s important to remember those who are less fortunate and in need of our help.
Since today is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving back, we thought we’d share a few of the ways you can give back this holiday season:
If you can spare some time out of your packed schedule, volunteering is one of the easiest ways to give back to the community! There are a ton of opportunities to help in your local area – every city has food banks, homeless shelters, animal shelters, youth clubs, or other organizations that could use some extra help around the holidays. There are also plenty of national charitable organizations you can look into for events coming to your area where you can donate your time.
There’s typically no shortage of leftover food after a wedding! Instead of letting it go to waste, consider the possibility of donating it to a food bank or shelter in your area. Donating food requires little extra time on your part while benefiting many who are in desperate need. Programs like the New England NACE Feeding Our Neighbors program facilitate this process with local food rescue operations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island – learn more about the laws surrounding food donation here.
Fresh flowers are a staple of most modern weddings, and many couples have started to preserve their flowers or give them to guests after the reception. But did you know that you can donate floral arrangements? Help make people smile by donating wedding flowers to local hospitals or nursing homes! There are even foundations like Random Acts of Flowers which coordinate the recycling and re-purposing of floral donations.
For any leftover décor items your clients don’t want or need, encourage them to donate items like cake stands, candle holders, and centerpieces to thrift stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army. Or, if you’ve got décor items piling up that have become dated (mason jars, anyone?), donate them yourself or recycle them by creating something new with the materials. Wedding pros can play the DIY game, too!
How are you giving back this year? Let us know in the comments!