Tis the season of giving and, although sharing your talents should be a year-round action, now is the time of year when many people yearn for something more than a wrapped gift. Sure, giving your time and effort to charities by way of donations is wonderful and appreciated by many, but how about donating your artistic talent for a good cause this year? Sharing with others your artistic skill as a singer, painter, dancer, or actor may be exactly what some people may need to brighten up their holiday season.

Here are some ideas:

• Donate artwork for rooms of nursing homes, hospitals, foster homes, or homeless shelters
• Decorate a cake and cookies for a homeless shelter
• Go Christmas caroling at your local nursing home or hospital
• Create a holiday-themed recital for long-term care residents
• Decorate holiday cards and deliver them to local patients
• Dress up in Disney costumes and sing for a children’s hospital
• Host a holiday movie night
• Volunteer to read books to children or nursing home residents
• Create flower arrangements and deliver them to hospital rooms
• Write motivating quotes and place them on meal trays at a hospital or homeless shelter
• Paint a mural to brighten up a local space
• Host an event to teach children your art skill
• Create an advertisement for a charity
• Lead a book discussion at a library
• Create funny postcards for children in hospitals
• Host a free exhibition to raise awareness of a cause
• Donate your photography skills at shelters for family portraits
• Help paint a school or shelter
• Volunteer at an arts center

Be as creative as you can possibly be! Focus on what you love to do and what your community needs. Giving is so much greater when you can connect with the joy of sharing your talents.

Happy Holidays!

By Cassandra Claude

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