The Fourth of July is a time for celebration and appreciation of the freedom that we all enjoy today in America. While spending time with friends and family and having fun on this holiday is important, it’s also nice to give something back to the community that gave so much to you.
If you’re thinking about taking some time out of your Fourth of July festivities to fit in some philanthropy, here are 3 ways to give back on the Fourth.
Write a thank you note to a soldier
First and foremost, It’s important to remember those who bravely risk their lives and sacrifice so much to fight for our freedom every day. To show appreciation for the men and women serving overseas as well as all over our country, gather your friends and family to write thank you notes to soldiers. Although a small gesture, one thank you note can make such a difference and boost morale. While celebrating our independence, writing a thank you note or putting together a care package is a simple and easy way to give back.
Volunteer at your local homeless shelter or food bank
While you may be planning a big barbecue or cookout, there are some people that aren’t as fortunate. To give back to your community on the Fourth, make time to go volunteer at your local homeless shelter or food bank. By volunteering, you will make a difference and undoubtedly enhance someone else’s holiday. Even if you only have time to take extra or unused food from your festivities to donate, that in and of itself makes a huge difference to those in need in your community. The gratitude you will receive, and in turn feel, will definitely make your holiday extra special.
Participate in a charity run
One active and fun way to give back to your country on the Fourth is to participate in a charity run. Whether it’s a 5k or 15k, charity runs help raise money for important causes that fundraise for cancer research, veterans, and children’s healthcare to name a few. Holidays like the Fourth of July are great times to participate in such an event because there tends to be many charity runs catering to important causes to choose from, and they are especially festive so don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blue! While it really does support a great cause, participating in a charity run is also a big social event that is sure to be a lot of fun for everyone.
To find out more about how to be successful in your 4th of July philanthropy endeavors, read our blog on How to Become a Successful Philanthropist.