5 Ideas for How To Help Others During the Holidays

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, especially for children. In the U.S. and around the world, many families hit hardest by COVID were already struggling before this crisis. Child hunger has skyrocketed amid the pandemic, while an additional 150 million children have been plunged into poverty

This year, there are simple ways to help families and those in need during the holidays. A single act of generosity – or five if you're feeling festive – can create positive change that children need right now. We’re all in this together.

Jennifer Garner, actor and Save the Children Trustee, reads with a child.
A young child is held by an older child while standing in a refugee camp in Syria.

1. Donate during the holidays to children in need

The world’s children need us now more than ever. Growing up in a deadly pandemic, children's fundamental rights to health, education and protection are under threat.

Save the Children is right now engaged in the most sweeping humanitarian response in our over 100-year history. We aim to protect the lives and futures of a generation of children but need your support to make this work possible. 

This holiday, a donation to Save the Children can help make change that transforms children's lives – and the future we all share.

Children in Uganda receive vaccines from Save the Children health workers

2. Help health care workers care for COVID-19 patients 

Protective equipment, testing supplies and other resources are essential to health care workers' ability to care for COVID-19 patients. That's why this year, it's more important than ever to get a flu vaccine. Doing so may reduce demand for testing and will help doctors identify and diagnose cases of COVID-19 more easily.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that getting a flu vaccine will not prevent COVID-19, they do tell us it will reduce the burden of flu illnesses and hospitalizations on the health care system thus conserving critical COVID-related supplies. 

3. Raise your voice to help for the holidays

The holidays are as good a time as any to use your voice – and your social networks – to take action on critical issues that impact children. 

Together with our political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Save the Children champions the rights of the world’s 2.3 billion children. You can join us and help during the holidays to create change for children.

4. Reach out often to loved ones

The 2021 holiday season may look different for friends and families this year. As travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines encourage us to stay home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it's more important than ever to stay connected. 

From checking in by phone to scheduling weekly video chats, keeping in touch is a powerful way to help others during the holidays. A simple call may have the ability to help relieve anxiety and keep the winter blues at bay. 

A young girl smiles while holding a baby goat in her arms.

5. Give holiday gifts that keep giving

This year, the people on your holiday gift-giving list can feel good knowing your gift helps a child in need. Whether you decide to celebrate with a no-gift Christmas, made a donation for Hanukkah, or select an item through our Holiday Gift Catalog, there are so many opportunities to help for the holidays and make a difference in a child’s life.


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