Help spread holiday cheer.
The holidays can be a magical time of year. The glistening snow, the dazzling lights, the scrumptious treats, and reconnecting with loved ones help make the holidays memorable. But this season can be tough for those who are experiencing loss and loneliness.
That’s why volunteering is so important, especially during this time of year. Here are a few more reasons to embrace the season of giving by volunteering during the holidays.
Be a Buddy – With Your Buddy!
Spending time with family is one of the best parts of the holidays. Though, some people may not be able to see their family because they are in the hospital, at a retirement residence or they live far away. By volunteering and being generous with your time, you can make these individuals feel appreciated and less alone. A great way to do this is with your therapy dog, of course!
Our therapy dogs commonly visit hospitals, airports, schools, and more locations. They can be a good ice-breaker and help people open up, relieving some of the loneliness felt during the holidays. ATD also offers home visits. If you know someone that can’t leave their home, the ATD office can help find a volunteer and their therapy dog to visit.
It’s a Time to Think of Others
A big part of the holidays is about giving back and thinking of others in need. You can help pay it forward by bringing your pup to meet people who have the holiday blues or are going through a difficult time. The little things can make a difference in someone’s day.
Volunteering During The Holidays Can Boost Your Mood
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season keeps us busy. From buying gifts to organizing holiday soirees, it’s easy for people to get swept up in the holiday frenzy. These activities can also take a toll on our physical and mental health. Volunteering can help shift our perspective to what matters most during this special time of year.
Make It A Group Effort
Getting a friend or group together for volunteering can be a great way to give back and create holiday memories. Some companies have holiday volunteer programs where they help at food banks or host toy drives. Some families may even have holiday traditions of volunteering! So, why not make the most out of the holiday season and volunteer with your nearest and dearest – this certainly includes any canine companions!
Thinking about volunteering with your dog? Contact us today to learn how to get your dog certified or the ways you can support the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.