Caring for Your Neighbors: How to Support the Community this Holiday


November 06, 2020 | Food Lion
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“Joyful”, “merry”, “cheerful” - these are three of the words we use to describe the holiday season. After all, it’s a time that we get to enjoy with loved ones, reflect on the things we’re grateful for and eat some really delicious food too! However, this year was full of unexpected surprises that we’re getting through together. With that, you may be thinking about ways to give back and support your community and neighbors this holiday season. And we’re thinking the same exact thing! 

That’s why in this blog, you’ll find five unique ideas for supporting your community to spread the joy of the holidays and make more merry.  From kid-friendly activities to donation and volunteering ideas, there are so many other things you could do outside of this list to get involved and share some positivity this season. So, after you take a look at our five suggestions, get creative with your own ideas too! 

Share Holiday Cheer With Outdoor Messages

Happy Thanksgiving Chalk drawing

Put on a light jacket, whip up some hot cocoa and head outside with the little ones to spread some positivity with sidewalk chalk messages in the driveway. Write things like:

  • Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family to Yours
  • Grateful for Great Neighbors
  • Thankful for You

But, besides these few ideas, there are so many other warm wishes that can share a little cheer and make your neighbors’ holidays merrier when they walk by your decorated driveway. It’s a simple but heartwarming way to support your community and put a smile on people’s faces. And that includes you and your kiddos’ faces, too! After all, you’ll have some fun doing this activity together. Who knows? Maybe it’ll become a new holiday tradition for your family.;

Holidays Without Hunger Boxes

The holiday season is all about giving. So, this year, give hope for the holidays with a Food Lion Feeds food box and help a neighbor in need! Purchase and donate a five-dollar food box on your next trip to your neighborhood Food Lion during the holiday season or make a cash donation to help provide meals to your local food banks. It’s a simple and impactful way to make someone’s holiday a little merrier. 

Support Your Community’s Food Bank

Volunteers packing bags at a Food Bank

Besides purchasing and donating a food box, you can also pitch in at your community food bank to help share some holiday cheer and provide meals to those who need it most. Although volunteering could be an option, you can also collect canned and other packaged foods from your pantry at home and drop them off at your nearest food bank donation center. Not sure where that is? We have a list that can help. Check it out and search by your location

And to make an even more significant impact in supporting your community, encourage your family and friends who live locally to follow your lead and make a donation as well

Put Your Holiday Lights Up a Little Early

Two houses lit up fpr the holidays

Nothing makes it feel like the holidays quite like seeing bright, festive lights around town and in your neighborhood. And after the past several months, we could all use some extra cheer to make this holiday feel merrier. So, why not put your decorations up a little earlier this year?

Plus, if your kids are old enough, you can do it together and have some fun at the same time. And quality family time is what Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about. But, there’s no need to feel like you’re in a rush—plan to put out a couple of decorations and light strands at a time. Even a few lights can put a smile on your neighbors’ faces as they walk or drive by. Who knows? Maybe your whole street will do the same and really share in the holiday spirit a few weeks ahead of plan.

Send Cards to Our Troops

hand writing leter to the troups, christmas tree in background

For our last idea to support your community this season, plan to add some greeting cards to your grocery shopping list for your next visit to your local Food Lion. Then, sit down with your little ones and write thoughtful notes to our troops who are fighting so hard for our country as a way to say, “thank you so much for your service” and to send some holiday cheer. 

You can send these cards to multiple organizations who will then mail them to our active military. You can also check around in your community to see if there is a local group you can support in their efforts to mail these holiday messages to these heroes. Some even allow you to send care packages with things like toothbrushes and other essentials. So, if you’re interested in doing that as well, make sure to work with a nonprofit that can help you with your efforts. 

As you get ready for the holidays, we hope these five ideas for supporting your community will come in handy and help you make more merry this season. But, as we said at the beginning of this blog, get creative with how you choose to lend a helping hand. After all, we’ve barely scratched the surface of all the ways you can help a neighbor in need and spread some holiday spirit. 

Happy holidays, everyone! And remember - together, we can get through this.


Purchase and donate a $5 food box or make a cash donation at the register
to help provide meals for our neighbors in need at your local food bank.


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