#ygkChallenge: Spread Holiday Cheer

ygkchallenge, holiday cheer, Kingston, OntarioThe #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston (and the world) a slightly better place to live, work and play.

This week’s #ygkchallenge encourages you to:

Show someone you care. This time of year isn’t easy for everyone. Many people struggle with loneliness through the holidays, and those of us who can should make an effort to bring some cheer to their lives. While financial donations to local charities are always welcome, there are lots of other easy ways to do this: bake some cookies and pop in for a visit with an elderly neighbour who lives alone; grab a group of friends and go to your local nursing home to visit with the residents and sing some carols; take a moment to chat with someone who is living on the street – a smile and a few words can go a long way or call a friend or relative that you haven’t connected with in a long time. These small acts of kindness can make a big difference for someone else in your community. Take the time over the next couple of weeks to do your part in making someone else’s day. Have other ideas? Drop off more suggestions for spreading good cheer in the comments below.

Join us in completing this week’s #ygkchallenge by liking it on Facebook and/or re-Tweeting it on Twitter. By liking and sharing, you’re not only committing to doing something great, but you’re also helping us spread the word and hopefully encouraging others to participate.

Photo credit to Origami48616.

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