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Great Ways to Donate for Christmas with Charitable Organizations
Christmas Charity Gift
I can't wait until Christmas morning each year when my kids get up and discover what Santa has left under the tree. I feel very blessed to have a home to live in, food on the table and money to buy Christmas presents. I realize that not all families are as lucky as mine is to do this. Ever since I was a child, giving back has been very important to me.
During the holiday season, consider donating time, money or gifts to give others a chance to have a wonderful Christmas. Donating can be so easy. Maybe it's just some slighly used toys or possibly a few hours of time. Perhaps you have an old children's jacket hanging around. Even a can of food can help. Please take the time to explore ways to give back during the holiday season.
Volunteer Work with Animals
The holidays are a popular time when many people like to get new pets. Often these pets come from adoption clinics that can be found at stores like Petco and Pet Smart. If you enjoy working with animals, you might consider volunteering your time at an adoption clinic. Should you really want to help the animals, but just don't have the time, the rescue groups that put on the clinics can always use financial help or items to help take care of the animals while they're waiting to get their forever homes.
An additional option is to become a foster parent to an animal that's waiting to be adopted. It could be taking care of a cat, bunny rabbit or dog. It might even be opening your home to a litter of kittens. As you can see, there are many different ways that you can help animals during the holiday season.
Kittens photo by chelle at morgueFile.
Donating Food for Christmas
Many families during the holidays would not have the opportunity to have a holiday feast if it weren't for the generosity of others who donate food. Check to see if there are any local canned food drives going on. Most likely, you currently have something in your cupboard that could be donated. Even a single can will help. Some suggested items include:
Meal in a can such as ravioli
These are merely suggestions to get you started. Many more food items are available in cans that would certainly be welcomed.
Photo by Seth Ilys at Wikimedia.
Each Christmas I like to donate toys for children. Sometimes I do this through Toys for Tots. Another way I donate is through the giving trees at my kids' schools. This is particularly prevalent in the local elementary schools. Here is how it works.
You select an item for a particular child that is being requested. It could be a toy for a four-year-old girl or a book for a 10-year-old boy. If you prefer something more practical, check to see if any of the children are in need of clothing items such as new pajamas or socks. Sometimes, family gifts are requested. It has been previously recommended to me to pick out a game that would be suitable for all family members. One thing I really like about giving trees is that I know the presents are going to one of my kids' schoolmates.
Toy photo by seemann at morgueFile.
Family Games Ideas
If you want to donate a family game for Christmas, here are some suggestions. If it helps any, Sorry! is a particular favorite in our household.
Donating Time to Charity
While charities rely on donations for help, they often rely on volunteers as well. The Salvation Army is well known for its charity work and really needs extra volunteers during the holidays. If you have a local Salvation Army in your area, stop by to see what volunteer opportunities are currently available.
Have a soup kitchen or food pantry in your area? Check to see if they need any help in serving food for the holidays. The holidays can be a very lonely time for people in hospitals or retirement homes. Call ahead to see if you can simply visit some of the people there. Just having someone to talk to can brighten a person's day.
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Keilman at Wikimedia.
Christmas Cards for Charity
Here's a simple way to donate for the holidays. Simply purchase some Christmas cards. What I like about these cards is that you get to pick the charity.
Donate to Charity for Christmas
When you're out and about shopping during the holidays, check out the stores that you are visiting to see if they are taking holiday donations. Many times, grocery stores will have some type of container that customers can add a food donation to.
I was at my local Dollar Tree the other day and they had a set up whereas you can donate an item for Christmas. Think about it. For just one dollar, you can give a person the opportunity to receive a Christmas present that otherwise, that person wouldn't get without your generosity.
Also be on the lookout for holiday donations for our troops that are serving not only in the United States, but in countries around the world to help keep us safe. Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. I can't wait to open the presents a tree. At the same time, I look forward to giving to others to help them have a wonderful holiday season.
Photo by jduguid at morgueFile.