5 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

In the U.S. and around the world, many families are dealing with the impacts of the climate crisis, from unprecedented flooding to destructive hurricanes. Rising violence and the worst global food crisis in decades is putting millions of children’s lives on the line, while conflicts around the world continue to displace families. 

In 2023, 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. 

Jennifer Garner, actor and Save the Children Trustee, reads with a child.

1. Focus on what matters

Right now, nearly 468 million children are surviving in war zones and facing other crises. 783 million people don't know where their next meal will come from. 

That's why Save the Children is working around the clock to deliver lifesaving aid to children in the U.S. and around the world but we can't do it alone.

This holiday, focus on what matters and make a donation to Save the Children.

In Cambodia, a young girl stands near the shoreline where debris has washed up.

2. Join Team Tomorrow as a monthly donor

This holiday season, join a team dedicated to creating a better tomorrow for children around the world. 

Team Tomorrow is a new way to connect with the causes you care about, from the climate crisis to inequality, by becoming a monthly donor and receiving a personalized experience. Once you join the team this holiday season, your monthly donation will go toward addressing the needs of children affected by today’s most urgent issues. 


In Washington D.C., a group of student advocates wear Save the Children Action Network shirts and stand in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.

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 and give back to others during the holidays.

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.

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4. Model mindfulness

Extreme weather, sick friends and family members, deviation from routine – these and other factors can cause anxiety and stress for children, especially during the holidays. As the 2023 holiday season is upon us, it's important to remember the tools we've acquired along the way. 

Looking out for others, taking precautions where needed and practicing mindfulness are all powerful ways to help those around us. You can also take advantage of some quiet time at home and try practicing these relaxation techniques to help relieve anxiety and keep the winter blues at bay. 

A mother and her young child laugh.

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, make a donation for Hanukkah, or select an item through our Holiday Gift Catalog, there are so many ways to give back during the holidays and make a difference in a child’s life.

New this year, we are pleased to offer a gift that truly makes a difference – gift boxes from Save the Children. These gift boxes create moments that matter – both for the recipient and for children around the world. Makes a perfect holiday gift – choose from three editions.


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