The Season of Giving

Read about a few charities that could use your help this holiday season

December 19, 2011

The holidays are a time to give. These charities—and many more—are looking for volunteers and donations.

World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife is helping to protect endangered species through the Symbolic Species Adoption program. Those who “adopt” an animal will receive an adoption certificate and photo of their species. Anyone can support endangered species year round by buying WWF apparel.

This month, launched their holiday campaign, “Grandparents Gone Wired.” The goal of the campaign is to make it easier for senior citizens to keep in touch with their loved ones using the Internet. Teens can volunteer to help seniors in their community. Volunteers are able to win prizes and scholarships.

You can also learn about’s new membership model, which utilizes the power of cellphones, on the organization’s website.


Coins for Change

Disney’s Club Penguin, a virtual gaming site for kids, launched its annual Coins for Change campaign this month. From Dec. 15-27, Club Penguin players can donate virtual coins to real-world causes. If players reach the donation goal, Club Penguin will donate $2 million to charity projects.


Toys For Tots

Each year, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys for the holidays. Communities across the nation host Toys For Tots drives around the holiday season. The toys collected are given as gifts to needy children so they can experience the joy of Christmas.


American Red Cross

All you need is a pen and a piece of paper. The American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program is collecting handwritten cards to send to members of the U.S. Armed Forces during the holidays. The charity has also set up a Holiday Giving Catalog where you can buy personal gifts, such as CPR or babysitting lessons.


The Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive

The Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive is a non-profit organization sponsored by ABC’s Good Morning America and Burlington Coat Factory. During the holiday season Burlington stores collect gently worn coats. The donated coats are given to people in need to keep warm during the winter.

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