Transform your next big event into an opportunity to give back to people in need. Here’s how to touch the lives of others after the party’s over:
1. Donate leftover catered food to a local soup kitchen. After President Obama’s inauguration celebration, the leftovers went to a D.C. soup kitchen called Miriam’s Kitchen. Before making the donation, call the group to ask about any food guidelines and to schedule a drop-off time.
2. Give away your floral arrangements to a local nursing home. To find a senior care center near you, visit www.nursinghomeinfo.com.
3. Ask guests to contribute to a cause rather than spending money on gifts or tickets. Build your own fundraising page with an online tool like Razoo (www.razoo.com) or Changing the Present (www.changingthepresent.org).