The holidays are a time to give. These charities—and many more—are looking for volunteers and donations. Read on to learn more about them. Then, talk to your parents about how you can help.
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.
National Military Family Association
Each year hundreds of Americans serve both nationally and overseas to keep our country safe. This holiday season, we can help serve them. Through donations, National Military Family Association helps to support the wellbeing of military members and their families.
Network for Good
This unique website allows its users to donate to charities and discover volunteerism. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Network for Good has provided a system of help and charity for those affected. The site also offers tips for kids who want to give. Click the link below to find out how you can help make someone’s holiday season shine bright.
Sometimes all it takes is one wish granted to make someone smile. The mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Through support and donations, the foundation has made dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of children. One way you can help is by dropping off a letter to Santa at any Macy’s department store. Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish for every letter received.
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.
Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive
The Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive, sponsored by ABC’s Good Morning America and Burlington Coat Factory, collects coats to be delivered to people in need through through the non-profit organization One Warm Coat. 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.
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.