The holiday season is officially coming up, and with that can often come financial and emotional stress. It's totally natural to worry about how and when you're going to get all of the gifts you need before Christmas — but it's also worth remembering that the heart of holiday spirit is about being with the people you love, not material possessions. For this reason, you might want to consider volunteering on Black Friday with your friends and family, rather than sweating away in an endless department store line.
It probably wouldn't surprise you to know that the five biggest shopping days of the year are from Nov. 21-26, per a consumer report by Adobe. And within those five days, planet Earth inevitably sustains a blow, from all of those Black Friday products that are purchased and destined to hit a landfill within years. For this reason, volunteering on Black Friday serves a double purpose. First (and most importantly), it allows you the chance to give back to the planet in myriad ways. However, it also gives you the chance to re-center your priorities, and take the time to really think about what you need, versus what you just think you might need because of a discount.
If you'd rather be outside than stuck underneath fluorescent lights, here are some great ways to volunteer outdoors on Black Friday: