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Lend a Giving Hand

The holidays are a time of gifting, and people search for meaningful ways to give each year. While most people look forward to celebrating this season surrounded by family and joy, there are families that are struggling to just get through this month with food on the table or a roof over their heads. You can “lend a giving hand” this holiday season by donating, and that does not only mean money. You can also donate your time or things. Charities, food banks, and local organizations rely on all kinds of donations to help families get through a difficult month. It’s time to spread some cheer this season!

Donate Money

Donating money is one of the easiest ways to give this holiday season. Imagine a Salvation Army Santa dressed up outside of your local grocery store. They are ringing their bell, next to their bucket for donations. You can just plop some cash into that bucket and continue with your grocery shopping. Other charities such as the Relevium Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, American Humane, and Feeding America, are always accepting monetary donations.

Our partner charity, the Relevium Foundation, seeks to provide temporary rent relief for families throughout the United States. This non-profit organization puts 100% of the donations received towards helping families in need of rental assistance for up to 3 months. You can visit their Donate page for easy ways to make a monetary donation this season. You can help a family keep their home for the holidays.

Shopping with Amazon is a must this season. Did you know that you could help Amazon donate to a charity of your choice with every purchase? At no cost to you, you can link a charity to your Amazon account through AmazonSmile! Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase on eligible items to the charity of your choice while you shop for holiday gifts for your family!

Donate Time

Donating money isn’t the only way to give back this season. While monetary donations are nice, there are charities and organizations that rely on volunteers. Donate a couple of hours of your time one weekend to a local food bank by packing and handing out non-perishable food items.

Meals on Wheels America assists senior citizens all around the country. They provide food and visits from volunteers. You can deliver a warm, healthy meal to a senior citizen that is living on their own and gain a new friend!

If you aren’t sure of what kind of volunteer work you want to donate your time to this holiday season, Great NonProfits is an organization dedicated to connecting volunteers to charities that need extra hands. Get connected this holiday season and find a cause that speaks to your heart. 

Donate Things

Don’t have time to spare this season, but still want to donate something? We have a variety of options for you. Organizations such as Toys for Tots, Samaritan’s Purse, and local churches strive to give people the best holiday possible. Toys for Tots and Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child have the same goal in mind – get presents to kids in need. Donate unopened toys to either of these organizations to distribute to kids all over the country that are not as fortunate.

One Simple Wish is an organization that supports children that are impacted by the foster care system. They collect wishes from these children for the holiday season and post them to their website. You can purchase one child’s dream gift to brighten their holiday season and let them know that they matter.

Giving back to those around you is the best gift of all this season. Lend a giving hand today and make someone’s day, month, or year!