Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Community is in our name for a reason. We are big believers in giving back to our communities and thought we’d share some of the ways we give as a company as well as some of our staff’s personal favorites.


Did you know that while you’re adding all those holiday items to your cart – if you sign-up for AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated by Amazon (at no cost to you) to the charity of your choice?

It’s easy to activate and you still receive the same prices on products, selection etc.

Also, a reminder to ask your school’s teacher(s) if they have a wish list – many times you can ship it directly to the school. Easy peasy!

Get started here.


FeedNC is definitely a favorite of the CSI team. Established in 1987, FeedNC, stands for food, education, essentials, dignity. It’s a food-focused resource that seeks to end the cycle of hunger and poverty through programs and creating opportunities for those in need.

FeedNC will put your generosity into action whether you can donate your time, help create upward economic mobility opportunities, share your space as a community partner, or donate food.

Found out how here.

Hearts & Hands

This is another wonderful organization in the area that is helping combat food insecurity.

As one of the only fully independent food pantries in North Carolina, their services are easily accessible and low-barrier so that anyone can get the help they need, for as long as they need.

Found out how you can offer a hand here.

North Carolina Holiday Heroes

The North Carolina section of Youth Villages provides help for children and young people who are experiencing emotional, mental or behavioral problems, and work to find solutions that strengthen the child’s family and support systems.

You can donate and be a Holiday Hero knowing you’re making a difference in the lives of local youth by helping fulfill their holiday wish lists.

Learn more about how to give here.

Lunch is on me

Consider calling your school to see if you can help fund your district’s lunch accounts. Depending on your budget you can help the entire school, a grade, or anonymously sponsor an individual student.

Did you know sometimes the students who are unable to afford their lunch may be served a different meal which could alert their peers that they are unable to pay? And, the debt follows the student until they graduate!

Many school lunch programs are federally funded, which means by law, they are not able to carry debt forward, and must pay the school nutrition department for any balances due at the end of every school year. 

This is a great way to give a little and make a really big impact. 

Recycle Your Holiday Tree… in the lake!

This year, consider donating your used tree to a good cause. Lake Norman Shrine Club and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists are partnering to make post-Christmas clean-up a little easier.

Sinking recycled Christmas trees into freshwater helps create a more favorable ecosystem for fish by attracting tiny organisms and smaller fish that the larger species rely on for food. Find out more here.