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The gift of time could be the best gift of all this holiday season

For many, the holiday season is a time for celebration and fun with loved ones. But for others in Minnesota, the season can be one of the loneliest times of the year. 

At Lakeside Insurance Brokers, we know how precious the gift of time can mean to someone in Minneapolis-St. Paul area during the holidays. Here are a few ways you and your family can share the spirit of the holidays with others.

Share a holiday dinner with local heroes. Many firefighters, medical specialists and law enforcement professionals spend their holidays on the job. Bring a holiday dinner or treats to your local hospital, fire station or police station, and share the gift of thanks with local heroes who protect and serve our community every day.

Offer comfort to those in need. Connect with local organizations in Minnesota that help to feed the hungry or provide warmth and shelter for those out in the cold. If you’re not sure where to start, spend just a little time researching the websites of our local volunteer organizations like Volunteers of America or United Way. Find out how and when you can help - and make it a family affair! Need ideas for volunteering as a family - check out Doing Good Together, it's a great site with lots of ideas and opportunities for families with kids of all ages. 

Make some new friends at our local retirement homes. While many of our senior citizens are included in holiday celebrations with family and friends, some spend the season without anyone. Call your local retirement home and check into the volunteer opportunities they offer for helping with crafts, special events, playing cards or just spending time visiting.

At Lakeside Insurance Brokers, we know that giving the gift of time is sometimes the best gift of all. That’s why we make the time each year to donate to Toys for Tots, volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, and more. We hope you find time to share your time this holiday season - you’ll be glad you did!