Friday, December 13, 2013
While we’re all out shopping for our loved ones this Christmas, we can’t forget to help out those who may not be as blessed as we. There are several ways to give around our community through donations of clothing and food, lending a helping hand, or donating toys to those families in need.
We all see the red-kettles that the Salvation Army has out during Christmas, but did you know that the Salvation Army uses that money to assist more than 4.5 million people during the holidays? The organization also sponsors the Angel Tree Program, where groups are paired with a child from a qualified family who cannot provide presents, and the Stocking Adoption Program where you can fill a stocking for a child in need. In addition to all of this, The Salvation Army is accepting donations of food and toys and needs volunteers to help with the distribution. All details of ways to help can be found on their website.
The Golden Harvest Food Bank is an exceptional local charity that always accepts donations and looks for volunteers at the Master’s Table, where more than 300 hot lunches are served daily to those in need in our own community. Information on how to give or volunteer can be found by following the links.
Many organizations are looking for new or gently used coats, hats, scarves and other cold-weather gear to help out this winter. A number of churches are having coat drives, and Goodwill and the Salvation Army will accept donations; Burlington Coat Factory is offering a 10% discount on entire purchases with a donation!
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has been collecting toys for needy children since 1947, and their Foundation has many partners including Toys R Us where you can drop off new, unwrapped toys for kids this Christmas, or you can visit the website to make a cash donation. Details for the CSRA Toys for Tots program can be found by visiting their site.
Honestly, there are too many charitable and religious organizations doing great things right now to help others to list them all; we just wanted to name a few and thank them for their work!