It’s the holiday season! Which means food, family and lots of shopping. It’s also a great time to get together with your loved ones and spread some of that holiday cheer. If you’re looking for ways to help your community this holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of holiday charities that could use your help.
- US Marine Reserve Toys for Tots program
What better way to give back this holiday season than to give a Christmas present to a child in need? Head to your closest toy store with a few friends or family members and buy your favorite toy. Then, bring the unwrapped gift to a local drop-off location in your community. To learn more about the program and to find your nearest drop-off donation center, check out ToysForTots.org.
- American Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program
There are many ways you can get involved with the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. In addition to making your own holiday card, why not host a card making and signing party to get your friends involved? Cards are collected and distributed to military installations, veterans’ hospitals and other locations. To learn more about the card guidelines and where to send your cards, visit the RedCross.org.
- Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child program
Feeling crafty? Grab a shoe box and personalize it! Fill it with handmade gifts, notes or purchased toys and it will be sent to a child in need this holiday. If you’re not an art and crafts person, you can virtually build a shoebox. Last year the organization donated gifts to 8.2 million kids around the country! You can mail your shoebox to Operation Christmas Child Headquarters if it’s not on this list of drop-off locations that are accepting shoeboxes until December 20th:
- Feeding America
Got leftover canned pumpkin? Donate it! Feeding America is an organization that gives 2 billion pounds of food to hungry Americans. From canned veggies to coffee, you can help feed those in need this holiday season by dropping off a variety of non-perishable items to your local food bank.
Lastly, if you’re thinking of getting your give on over holidays, make sure you double check that the charity you pick is legit. Click here to find out how.
Let us know how you’re making an impact on your community in the comments below!