It’s Christmas time again! In addition to all the holiday shopping for friends and family, company christmas parties and putting strings of lights on the outside of our homes, it’s important to remember to also give back in any way that we can to those who may not get to enjoy all of the luxuries listed above.
To help you in your volunteer efforts, we’ve done half the work for you and found some great organizations and initiatives to donate both your time and money to, this holiday season to spread holiday cheer in your community!
- The Holiday Project
The Holiday Project organizes visits to people in nursing homes, hospitals and other residential institutions.It gives volunteers an opportunity to contribute to others bringing the spirit of a holiday to those who would not otherwise have a celebration, enriching the experience of a holiday for everyone.
- Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program
The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program provides Christmas assistance for disadvantaged children and seniors in our community. Through the program, you choose a specific “Angel” to bring Christmas to. Last year, 20,000 children and seniors in Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties received gifts for Christmas. We are able to provide this assistance thanks to the generosity of individual donors, corporations, civic organizations, service groups and religious organizations. Once your angel is registered you’re responsible for purchasing the items on their “wish list.”
- Assemble Holiday Bags with Friends
Giving back to our community by providing gift bags of hygienic products for our most vulnerable friends and neighbors. Because it’s the holidays! People want to buy presents for their loved ones, but they can’t if they can’t afford to buy food, toiletries and other necessities. We are providing them with food, toiletries, and other necessities so they can enjoy the holidays with their friends and families. Contact the following if you’re interested, call (817) 916-5210, or email [email protected] to express interest and ask any questions you may have.
- Giving Love Before Christmas
This Holiday Season, Rechanging Lives, Inc. has adopted residents that are disabled/elderly. Some do not have any family to visit them. So, we are loving on them before Christmas. If there are new hats, gloves, scarves, and other warm items you are welcome to donate them no later than December 14th. Please contact Marquita Brown at [email protected] for more information and/or donation location. Thanks and God bless!
- Drivers Needed for season for caring
This holiday season donate your time by becoming a “Season for Caring” driver. Any Baby Can is participating in this year’s Austin American-Statesman “Season for Caring” campaign. We need the help of volunteers to pick up donations for our selected client family. If you are interested in volunteering, please email our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at [email protected] for additional information. Only requirements is 18+ with drivers license and 2 hours of your time per delivery.
- Help sort Christmas gifts for children
Volunteers will help sort gifts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. This year more than 8,000 children are participants in the Angel Tree program. These children are from low income families or living in shelters in Travis & Williamson counties. Must be 18+ and willing to dedicate at least three hours of your time. To sign up to help please visit the website below.
San Antonio, TX:
- Gift wrapping for the holidays
The Salvation Army Mission Center of hope needs volunteers to help wrap gifts for kids in our Emergency Family Shelter. This project is available Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm. To join in on this fun please register by Dec. 22.
- Angel Tree Toy Shop Helper
The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help set up the Toy Shop for distribution and sort and pack donated gifts for specific children through Dec. 15 at the San Antonio Event Center. Must be 14 and older to participate. If an individual or group is interested in signing up for a shift email the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]