For many, Christmas is a time for giving rather than receiving. Though little ones may be focused on getting everything on their wish lists, others see the winter holidays as an excuse to donate their time and money to causes in which they believe. Whether you're spending time at a local soup kitchen or donating to your favorite charity, Christmas is the ideal time to share a little of your wealth with the less fortunate.
Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management encourages property managers and landlords to involve their tenants in this spirit of giving. Organizing a canned food drive is an easy and fun way to give back to others. Of course, it's important to pair with a local organization before you begin collecting anything and everything in your tenants' cupboards. Contact local food pantries and homeless shelters for guidance on how you can help. They will often give out lists of the most needed items to help guide your food drive.
How do you go about collecting food from your tenants? The easiest way to do so is to put out a sign and box in your community's office encouraging folks to donate. When tenants come in to pick up packages or drop off their rent checks, point out the effort and ask them to contribute if they can. While this is indeed the path of least resistance, many will find their contributions lacking. Out of sight often means out of mind, and for the tenants who don't have cause to stop by the office, they may miss the opportunity to contribute.
A more festive option is to promote a holiday caroling event for the community. Post signs and share info about the event online ahead of time, encouraging folks to contribute their voices and their canned goods. Then go door to door collecting food while serenading your tenants! While this may sound fun for some, it is important to know your audience. This is a great tactic for communities with lots of families, but some tenants may be turned off by the soliciting at the door.
However you decide to give back, do so in a way that benefits the needy and brings your community together!
- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management
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