How to give back during the holiday season
The holidays can be a joyous time for you and your loved ones. Many of us appreciate traditional gifts and time spent with our families. But Christmas and the holiday season can also be a difficult time for the less fortunate or those who are struggling.
In the true essence of what vacations are, leGrio shares some ways you and your loved ones can give back. Every state and city has different options, but here are some tips to help you find the one that’s right for you.
Volunteering your time is a great way to give back this holiday season. No matter where you are, there are places where you can volunteer your services and your time. Local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and churches are great places to spend time serving and preparing food for the less fortunate, the sick and the homeless. Here is a list of organizations to help you in your search this holiday season.
God’s love, we deliver is a New York-based non-sectarian organization. Their mission is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV / AIDS, cancer and other serious diseases by reducing hunger and malnutrition.
Rescue missions as the Salvation Army can be found in most cities. Their goals are to reach and rescue people in urgent need, often after a disaster. Volunteering your time to help care for and serve food to those in need can make all the difference this holiday season.
Churches are always on the lookout for people to help with a range of vacation opportunities. In addition to traditionally serving food, you can still help raise funds for gifts and blessing bags for those less fortunate. Churches and organizations pre-pack what they consider blessing bags with toiletries, food, gloves, scarves, and hats.
Christmas can be more than giving expensive gifts to your family or loved one. The smallest gifts can make all the difference for a child or a family who can’t give while on vacation. Much like volunteering, giving new or slightly used gifts is a huge contribution to someone else’s life. Here are some places where you can donate.
Children’s hospitals always accept new toys for patients, but keep in mind that most hospitals cannot accept second-hand or second-hand toys due to the high standards of infection control. The most common gift ideas for children are dolls, teddy bears, toy cars, and books. You can check if your local hospital will allow you to do a virtual toy drive like Philadelphia Children’s Hospital fact, among other ways to offer toys.
Orphanages are often forgotten but most in need of simple gifts for growing children who still need clothes and toys. Most orphanages also accept financial donations to help buy gifts, food, clothing and other necessities throughout the year and you can also directly support the orphans themselves.
Make a donation
If you don’t have the time to volunteer or collect gifts, finding a cause you believe in to donate money to is a great alternative. You can always write a check for a cause that feels very personal to you. Asking your local churches, work, or friends about their favorite charities is a good place to start. Fact-checking organizations before sending monetary donations are suggested.
Here are some worthy organizations you might consider donating to:
- Black Girls CODE presents computer coding courses to young girls from under-represented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails.
- Black lives matter Global Network is a member-led organization whose mission is to strengthen local power and respond to violence inflicted on black communities by the state and vigilantes.
- Black women for well-being believes in the strength and wisdom of our community and our allies.
- Center for black Equity is an institution committed to supporting leaders, institutions and programs for health, economic and social equity for LGBT people of African descent.
- National black justice is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Gay and Gay (LGBTQ / SGL) people, including people living with HIV / AIDS.
- Change color is a non-profit civil rights organization.
And here is a more complete list of charitable causes for African Americans you can donate to.
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