This time of year reminds us of the importance of community and friendship, as well as the impact of kindness. These six ways to give back in Newport Beach will make everyone feel merry and bright


1. Donate toys

As you’re preparing gifts for the holidays, consider picking up a few extra presents for children in need. These donations can spark joy for underprivileged children who otherwise would go without presents under the tree.


2. Volunteer at a soup kitchen

Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to build community. This holiday season, consider sparing an afternoon to dish up a hot meal at a soup kitchen. For instance, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa provides nutritious meals for people in need seven days a week. This soup kitchen also has the option to pay online to provide funding for future meals.


3. Clean up the environment

Volunteer your time this winter to keep Newport Beach’s iconic waterfront pristine. Protecting our environment from unwanted debris helps preserve the natural beauty of the place we call home. Take this opportunity to teach your family about the necessity of environmental responsibility while making lifetime memories by volunteering with organizations like the Surfrider Foundation, Orange County Coastkeeper, or Newport Bay Conservatory.


4. Pay it forward

If you’re in the spirit of giving, think about paying it forward the next time you’re at a coffee shop or grocery store. Whether you’re stopping for a latte or picking up a gallon of milk, tell the cashier you’d also like to pay for the person behind you in line. While there is now an entire day dedicated to paying it forward, there is no reason to extend a generous hand only on April 28. This simple and thoughtful act could make someone’s day.


5. Sing carols

Caroling is a time-honored Christmas tradition, and bringing the yuletide spirit to your community is a wonderful way to connect with others. Spreading cheer throughout Newport Beach is something the whole family can do together.