Five Things You Can Donate to Have a Charitable Holiday Season
The holidays are all about giving and if you want to get into the spirit of the season, make charitable giving a part of your holiday traditions. Most people think of donating money when they think of charitable giving, but that’s not the only way to give. Often, you can donate precisely what an organization needs to save them time and money. You’ll feel good knowing you’re giving back and making someone else’s holidays better, too. Here’s what to donate.
One of the most valuable things you can give is your time. Most organizations need volunteers year-round, but the holidays bring the highest need. Consider volunteering your time at kitchens that provide meals to those in need. For most of us, the holidays are about big meals with the people we love, but not everyone has access to the same bounty. Organizations like Urban Angels help provide nourishing food in a warm, restaurant-style atmosphere, offering members of the community the dignity to enjoy great food in a respectful environment. Even better, donating your time gives you the opportunity to truly see the impact your time makes.
There’s always a great need for quality clothing donations, but around the holidays that need grows as the temperatures drop. Donating nice coats, boots, and new clean socks around the holidays can help keep community members warm and safe. There’s also a huge need for professional attire for folks attempting to find employment. If you have gently used suits or other professional clothing you can give, consider donating to an organization like Dress for Success San Diego. Here, donations help women take charge of their lives and begin new professional careers. When you donate good quality clothing to fulfill a real need, you could be changing lives.
Food banks and other hunger-relief organizations help provide healthy food to community members that may not have access otherwise. When you choose to donate healthy food to organizations that provide it to those in need, you’re quite literally saving lives. Organizations like Feeding San Diego and the San Diego Food Bank are committed to providing food with dignity to families and individuals in need. Donating healthy food is fast, easy and helps fill hungry bellies.
Gifts are central to kids’ holidays, but for struggling families buying presents isn’t always possible. Whether they can’t afford presents or don’t have time to purchase them, the holidays can become a time of stress and sadness for many families. You can help by donating new toys to organizations that give them to children in need, like Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. They provide toys for patients, helping kids experiencing severe hardships and illness to have fun. Whether you donate to a hospital, shelter or other organization, bringing happiness to kids at the holidays is truly among life’s greatest joys.
Last, but not least, donating money is profoundly impactful for organizations that help people in need. For nonprofits raising money to help people, monetary donations are of the utmost importance. Padres Pedal the Cause, for example, raises money to help fund life-saving cancer research, and without our donors and fundraising participants, we would not be able to fund the projects that could help create a world without cancer. Our donors make our work possible and for nonprofit organizations like ours, finding funding is a vital part of what we do. Help us, and other nonprofit organizations, change lives by donating to our cause. Together, we can change the world, and you can help.