The holiday season is here, and it’s the most wonderful time of the year (yes, even during a pandemic.) Part of what makes it so fantastic is that it's the season of giving. It’s what the season is about, after all. Psychology Today has proof that "It's better to give than to receive."
And according to The Guardian, generous people are happier people who lead more fulfilling lives. Want to be one of them? It's easy. Here’s how to get inspired to give back this holiday season.
There's nothing like experiencing that fulfilling feeling when you give of yourself. Volunteering your time or talent are rewarding ways to be charitable. Giving those things provides a sense of purpose beyond your livelihood. And volunteering is an excellent way to get to know your community and meet new, marvelous, like-minded people.
Give your friendship
Spread cheer this year. Take the time to write a handwritten note of appreciation to a friend. Or send simple, touching letters to people in nursing homes or hospitals. Check in on people who might be alone this year since they can’t travel. If you know of someone going through a tough time right now, reach out and let them know you care. Give them a shoulder to cry on or let them bend your ear. Sometimes just listening is the best gift you can give.
Conduct random acts of giving
If you're in line at a drive-through or supermarket, offer to pay for the person behind you. Your kindness will be a big surprise and will undoubtedly make someone's day. Buying a stranger's cup of coffee or groceries is a meaningful act that’ll bring much joy to all -- even the cashier.
When you do your shopping, make sure to buy items from local, family-owned businesses. When you do, you help strengthen your local economy, and it guarantees your money is going to other members of your community, not some multi-million-dollar corporation.
Give monetary gifts
Whether you're giving to a person or an organization, monetary gifts are always welcome and appreciated. And when purchasing gifts, consider buying some from organizations that support charitable causes. Every little bit helps, and you'll feel virtuous in the process.
No matter how you give this year, understand that every dollar you donate, every hour you volunteer, and every instance of goodwill you provide, all offer hope. The act of giving restores faith in humanity. We fully comprehend that here at Harbor Club and are proud to support several charitable causes throughout the year. Here are just a few:
- The Greene County Christmas Stocking Fund - Harbor Club provides new, unwrapped toys to less fortunate children via our Santa Claus Open tournament.
- Pete Nance Boys and Girls Club - The organization helps young people reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Harbor Club often hosts its Moonlight & Motown events and more.
- The Lydia Project - This endeavor offers valuable services to women and girls who are coping with cancer. All proceeds from our Ladies League Golf Association’s Pink Ribbon Tournament benefit this organization. In 2020 they raised over $16,000.
- Greene County Senior Center - The proceeds from our annual Turkey Shoot Scramble tournament are used to donate frozen turkeys to the Senior Center, which are then given to needy families in the county.
- Folds of Honor - Harbor Club proudly hosts the Folds of Honor Golf Tournament each year. 100% of the proceeds go toward scholarships for families of veterans.
- Oconee Regional Humane Society - All donations from our Southern Living-Inspired model home tours have benefitted this organization.
Please don't lose sight of the value of giving to others this holiday season, especially during the pandemic. Not only will you help make the world a better place, and it’ll warm your heart and your soul.
If you'd like to learn more about our charitable causes or see if Harbor Club can host your benefit event, contact us today. We're happy to help.