3 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A stack of Christmas gifts on an office table.

The holidays can be overwhelming.

Friends and family breeze in and out, presents need buying, end-of-year responsibilities at work stack up. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle and forget what the holiday season is really all about—giving back.

SAFE may not be able to pitch in with all of those other responsibilities cramming up your to-do list, but we can certainly make the charitable giving process a little less difficult.

There are all sorts of ongoing initiatives happening at our branches this holiday season. From toy donations to fundraisers and more, we’ve made it easier than ever to make an impact on the lives of your fellow community members during the most wonderful time of the year.

Explore your opportunities to make a tangible impact through SAFE below.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is an annual toy drive that has been organized by the United States Marine Corps Reserve for going on 71 years (they first started in 1947).

Here’s a quick rundown of the impact they’ve made over the past seven decades:

  • They’ve distributed 548 million toys to children in need
  • And an estimated 251 million children have been impacted by their service

Want to get involved? Contribute to this stellar organization’s mission. Visit the SAFE branch nearest you. Throughout the holiday season, we’ll have donation boxes available for credit union members to leave toys behind for children in need.

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Angel Trees

For those unfamiliar with this concept, here’s a quick description—Angel Trees are decorated with ornaments that list the gifts that families experiencing hard economic times need.

These could be items as fundamental to your day-to-day routine as a pair of tennis shoes, or something more in line with traditional children’s gifts, like a bicycle.

Each year, SAFE sets up an Angel Tree with the help of Sumter United Ministries, a nonprofit organization that assists struggling families during times of hardship and crisis.

Consider setting up an Angel Tree at your office space to collect similar types of donations this December!

Other Ways to Get Giving

Looking for other ways to get philanthropic this holiday season? Here at SAFE, we host a gift drive during our annual office holiday party for families in need. Feel free to take that idea and run with it at your workplace.

On behalf of the entire SAFE family, we’d like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. See you all in the New Year!