Some years ago, the company I was working for at the time had a Christmas / Holiday toy donation program. Employees would donate toys and the company would give them to local charities or programs like Toys For Tots. I really took to this program because less fortunate families and/or kids struggle just to have a home, food or other basic necessities. Families can't just afford to purchase toys or other fun things for their kids.
That year, I made an effort to purchase some toys for donation. As I was shopping, another idea came to mind. Rather than purchase ONE toy, I purchased two toys. One toy for a boy and one toy for a girl. I figured it would be fair to purchase one of both genders.
I continued this tradition until I left the company a few years later. My last couple of companies don't have any official toy donation programs. So for a couple of years, I purchased toys and donated them at malls or other locations that need donations. Last year, I just made a monetary donation to the local Toys For Tots programs. This year, as I was at a mall, I saw a Toys For Tots donation both, I went back to purchasing two toys again.
It's a small way to contribute back to the community during a time where there are many families that are struggling. When kids are happy, I believe that will help the family feel better overall even if their circumstances haven't completely changed.
For those who want to make a difference this and any other holiday season, consider making a donation to a charity that you support.