The holiday season is a time to celebrate with loved ones, reflect, and give back to your local community. We have been so inspired to hear the many creative ways that Nextdoor neighbors come together to rally around a cause and create a lasting impact. This season, take inspiration from the following stories and spread the spirit around your neighborhood by helping a neighbor in need.
Nell C. – Feeding Children One Can at a Time
Nell is a true Nextdoor hero to her Bend, OR neighborhood. For years, she has been feeding families in need during the holiday season by collecting recyclables for Oregon’s BottleDrop program. When Nell discovered that she could raise money by returning bottles and cans, she envisioned how amazing it would be to raise enough to feed a family in need. She reached out to her Nextdoor neighbors and local businesses to share her vision and offered to pick up and donate all of their recyclables. For 5 years, Nell has been able to feed a family in need each season thanks to the help of her neighbors. But this year, the community went above and beyond and gathered enough recycled containers to feed 46 neighbors from seven families. Nell personally goes to the grocery store to buy each family a full holiday meal, additional grocery basics, and a brand new kitchen towel. She shares, “I have never in my life been so moved by the kindness and actions of so many. The people in this community are amazing.”
Claudia H. & Marybeth T. – Santa’s Charitable Workshop
This season, Jay and Marybeth have transformed their Lakewood Ranch, FL home into a workshop straight out of the North Pole. When neighbor Claudia H. asked her Nextdoor community to help wrap Christmas gifts for struggling families, Jay, Marybeth, and 25 other neighbors stepped up to help. By shopping, donating, wrapping, and delivering dozens of gifts, these neighbors were able to make the holiday a little bit brighter for locals in need.
Mark C. – Skater Claus is Coming to Town!
Taking inspiration from an Atlanta, GA Nextdoor post seeking toy donations for kids in need, Mark has made it his mission to share his love of skateboarding by gifting free skateboards to underprivileged children. Under the name ‘Skater Claus,’ he has given away over 100 skateboards and helmets to local children who may not receive a gift this season. “What I love about skateboarding is it gives you a way to use your imagination to turn the urban landscape into a playground,” Mark shared with My East Atlanta News.
Heidi M. – The Gift of Life
Two years ago, Laguna Beach neighbor Heidi M. was fortunate enough to give the ultimate gift: the gift of life. When Heidi heard that a friend was in dire need of a kidney transplant, she got tested and discovered her kidney was a perfect match. In a rush to save her friend’s life, she immediately agreed to donate her kidney and underwent the procedure. Heidi soon learned that 13 people pass away each day waiting for a kidney transplant, and became determined to raise awareness for the cause. As a local business owner, she wanted to find a way to donate a portion of her sales to an organ donor foundation. She decided to post on Nextdoor to ask her neighbors if they had any old jewelry they would be willing to repurpose for a good cause and quickly collected enough single earrings, broken chains, and costume pieces to begin crafting beautiful works of art. Heidi repurposes the jewelry donations into unique holiday trees, bowls, jars, and even fancy dog tags that she sells in her local retail stores. The profits from her creations are donated directly to Donate Life, and Heidi continues to raise awareness through her motto, “Share your spare!”
Kellie R. – A Holiday Miracle
When a family in Frederick, CO faced a medical emergency, they knew they could rely on Kellie R. to save the day. Days before Christmas, the father of five children suffered a massive heart attack and was bedridden in the hospital. On Christmas Eve, his wife reached out to Kellie explaining that she didn’t have time to put together Christmas stockings for the children due to their father’s condition. Kellie posted the mother’s concern on Nextdoor and ask her neighborhood to donate last-minute stocking stuffers. By the end of the day, Kellie’s nearby neighbors had donated multiple boxes full of stocking stuffers and gifts for the five children and even their parents. By the time the family came home from the hospital on Christmas Day, their house was full of holiday cheer to lift their spirits and lead their father towards a healthy recovery.
From all of us at Nextdoor, happy holidays to our neighbors around the world!
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