T’is the season of giving!
There’s nothing more rewarding than helping others and/or supporting a cause that’s near and dear to your heart, especially at this time of year. Here is a list of ways that you can help support the Nova Scotia SPCA over the holidays.
Volunteer your time
During the holidays, consider becoming a volunteer for the Nova Scotia SPCA. For example, you could help out at our shelters by cleaning kennels, cuddling/walking the dogs, you could help out at our Thrift Stores, or you could even help at various holiday events. Whatever you do, volunteer! It’s super rewarding, and who knows, you may even make some new friends.
Buy Items to Donate/Donate gently used items
The Nova Scotia SPCA Shelters are always in need of specific items that can be found on our “Wish List”; things like blankets, towels, kitty litter, and bleach will always be graciously excepted. Another really great way to give back is to donate new or gently used items to our various Thrift Stores around the province. This gives toys and clothing a second life, and it declutters your space – just in time for the holidays!
Hold a holiday Bake Sale at work/school/community
Sweets tend to bring communities closer! Why not show off your baking skills and support of the local animals in your community. Whip up a batch of cookies, cupcakes, muffins, or other yummy goodies for your fellow colleagues, classmates, neighbors, or family members, and make a holiday donation on behalf of everyone who participates!
Give a Portion of Proceeds from Sales
Are you an entrepreneur/owner/manager and/or passionate about animals and want your place of work to get involved? You could donate a portion of your sales over the holiday season, or even hold an internal fundraiser, ie. casual day funds, or a potluck lunch! We love when businesses get creative and give back to make it a wonderful holiday season for animals in need.
Hold a Holiday Event
If you’re organized and like hosting parties, consider holding a holiday SPCA event. You can invite family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Ask everyone to bring a gift from our wish list or monetary donation. Once you’ve collected donations, you can drop them off at the closest shelter!
Sponsoring an animal’s stay with the SPCA over the holidays is a wonderful way to give back. If you own a business, you could sponsor an animal’s stay under your company’s name; not only will you feel good about seeing your money going toward helping animals in need, but you’ll get a little brand recognition too. It’s a win-win situation!
The easiest way to give back during the holidays is to donate money to support local animals in need. It’s simple to donate online, or you may consider dropping off your donation to one of our shelters.
Thank you for giving to the Nova Scotia SPCA – Happy holidays from all of us to you.
Emily is a Provincial Fund Development Coordinator with the Nova Scotia SPCA. She also writes for "In The Community" on our blog.