December is one of the most common times of year for organizations to plan and carry out charitable giving. Whether it's through volunteering, bell-ringing, or good old-fashioned check writing, the holiday spirit tends to move people to generosity. A blessing box is a new take on that old sentiment. Not limited to the holidays, these boxes are filled with useful things. They might have themes, like food or cleaning supplies or clothes, or be more along the lines of kits for kids going back to school or getting ready for winter.
Now is the time to start thinking about how your company plans to give back this holiday season. Get in touch with a representative today to design your blessing box. It's a chance to share your brand as well as share the wealth.
Tips to Start a Blessing Box Program
Order the Boxes
Work with Sunrise on a custom box design with your brand guidelines, size specifications, and any other customization. You can keep it simple, with a shoebox-style design, or add on some more interesting elements.
Magnetized lids or set up boxes ensure that the box will be durable as well as a keepsake for the recipient. Consider making the design timeless (meaning not including years or other date-specific information) so the boxes can be reused in following years.
Find a Local Charity Who Can Disburse Them
There are different ways to find a charity with whom you can partner, or there might be recipients within your organization itself. Partnering with a local organization to disburse your blessing boxes is a great way to build bridges locally, increase profile, and help connect with the community. Also, use this connection to find out what kinds of things should be included in the boxes. What does the community need?
Reach Out To Employees
Set up the charitable giving with some sort of employee incentive. For some, the act of giving might be enough, but for wider engagement, others might need a sense of competition (who can put together the best blessing box or the most blessing boxes, for example). Use the guidelines received from your partnering organization to let employees know how to prepare the boxes.
If you plan on boxes being standardized, create a checklist for items. Or, if specific departments are going to responsible for specific items (like Chapstick, for example), then make that clear as well. If you choose to go this route, consider setting aside an afternoon for employees to spend putting the boxes together to increase that sense of community and goodwill.
Close the Loop
Keep in touch after the blessing boxes are sent, and find out how many families received a box, or what stories might be encapsulated in them. It's exciting and heartwarming to find out that a blessing box was utilized by a family in need, and their story.
Plan Charitable Giving Now
Now is the time to get a head start on ordering and designing a blessing box for the holiday season, as well as making those partnerships. Contact a representative today for a quote!