The holiday season is a great time to donate to a charity and help out those that need it the most. Many families struggle during this time and you can help them by donating to local food banks, Toys for Tots and much more. Here is a list of the top 10 holiday charities in no particular order.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant wishes for children with life-threatening health conditions. By donating to this charity, you can help make a wish come true for a child that may not have another. Knowing that you helped put a smile on the face of a child that is battling a life-threatening condition is a great feeling.
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree
The Angel Tree program is a charity that provides new clothes, toys, and other gifts for needy children for this time of year. Paper angels are attached to Christmas trees that are located in malls, stores, and other locations. The paper angel contains the first name, age, and gender of the child. You can choose one or more of the angels from the tree and purchase age appropriate gifts and clothes for the child. Return the purchased gifts back to where you adopted the angel and the parents of the child will pick up the items to give to them.
Samaritan’s Purse delivers shoe boxes filled with gifts to under-privileged children in other countries. Visit their website to find out the specifics on what to include in the shoe box, how to pack it, and where you can drop it off to be sure it gets to a child this holiday.
Toys for Tots
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves holds their Toys for Tots campaign each year during the months of October, November, and December. Unwrapped toys are collected to be given to needy children. The gifts are distributed in the communities where they are collected.
My Two Front Teeth
Donating to My Two Front Teeth is simple. You go to the website, choose the child you want to sponsor, choose which gift from their wishlist that you wish to purchase, pay with your credit card, and you are finished. My Two Front Teeth takes care of wrapping and distributing the gift to the child.
Local Food Banks
Local food banks donate food baskets to families so that they can have a festive dinner. Most food banks accept food and monetary donations. If you don’t have much money but still want to help, consider donating your time to help the food bank put all the boxes together and deliver them.
Many local schools try to provide food or gifts for needy students and their families. Contact the school system and ask if they are taking donations or if you can donate gifts or food.
Volunteer your time to help cook dinner at your local homeless shelter. This is a great charity that you can get the entire family involved in. Start a Holiday tradition where the family spends a couple of hours every year volunteering their time to make the holidays better for others.
Local Children’s Services Agency
Contact your local Children’s Services Agency and ask if you can donate money or gifts for children that do not have family to spend their holiday with this year.
Local Nursing Homes
Sponsor an elderly person this holiday season. Some people in nursing homes don’t have family that visits during the holidays. Get in touch with the nursing home and see if they can give you some information on a patient that doesn’t have family. Find out what the person likes or needs at take it to them this Holiday. A small gift and a few minutes of company can make the day of some of these patients.
No matter what charity that you decide to donate to, you will feel wonderful knowing that you helped brighten this holiday for someone else.