With the holiday season in full swing, students at Salt Lake Community College and other schools are still focused on finishing the fall semester.
After finals are over, many students will use their winter break to relax and recover before spring semester. But others may want to give back to their community and help others in need. Here are four easy ways SLCC students can spread the holiday cheer.
Utah Food Bank
The Utah Food Bank accepts donations in person and on their website. For every $1 donated the food bank can provide $7.35 worth of goods.
Individuals can also purchase virtual food on the website. Donors can “buy” various items without having to leave their house.
Another way to contribute is through the Meals Makers Monthly Giving Program. To participate, donors can make monthly payments via a credit card or checking account to help keep pantries stocked.
For those who may only have time to spare, the Utah Food Bank gladly welcomes volunteers.
Primary Children’s Hospital
Primary Children’s Hospital accepts donations that are new and still in their original packages, including stuffed animals, toys, games and clothes. The hospital provides a Donation Wish List where children have asked for specific items to make their hospital stay more comfortable.
People who prefer to donate handmade gifts can follow videos and diagrams on how to make Safe Sleep Sacks, monster puppets, fleece blankets, quilts, medical play dolls, craft kits and hats.
Donors can drop off their items at the north lobby of the main building.
The holiday season is usually associated with family and friends, but unfortunately some senior citizens spend this time of the year alone. Aging & Adult Services in Salt Lake County offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for young people to assist local seniors. Tasks include Meals on Wheels, home care, transportation or simple companionship.
Donating blood or plasma is another way to help others. According to ARUP Blood Services, local hospitals are in urgent need of A+, A-, O+ and O- blood. Potential donors can go to ARUP or the American Red Cross to set up an appointment. Donors must meet eligibility requirements before donating blood.