Despite the cold weather, Youth Volunteers from all over the YVC network have been busy spreading holiday cheer through service projects this month. YVC offers youth the chance to make a difference in their communities throughout the year, but the holiday season brings on new ways for youth to spread joy to those in need. Here’s what just a few affiliates throughout the YVC network have been up to:

YVC of Hampton Roads has hosted a variety of projects during the month of December to help their community. They bundled up to help lay more than 6,000 wreaths at Hampton’s National Cemetery as a part of the national program “Wreaths Across America.” They also hosted a holiday party at a local retirement home, including caroling (see photo above), games and crafts. Finally, they helped bag groceries for people who may otherwise go without food this season.

YVC of Western Connecticut helped the needy in their community in a HUGE way by donating 3,700 items to a food bank that collects food for families affected by HIV/AIDS. They didn’t stop there, though. They also helped wrap dozens of gifts for local families in need.

YVC of the Eastern Upper Peninsula made a huge difference for some families in their community when they organized Thanksgiving dinner baskets for 50 families to celebrate the holiday.

YVC of Yellowstone County  helped at a holiday carnival for community members. Not only did they lead craft projects for kids, but one lucky Youth Volunteer got to play the role of Santa!

Thanks to everyone helping their community this holiday season!