The Season of Giving

Read about a few charities that could use your help during the 2014 holiday season

Dec 18, 2012 | Compiled by Cameron Keady and Stephanie Kraus
NELLI DONEVA—ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS/AP

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.

redcross.org

 

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.

militaryfamily.org

 

Network for Good

This unique website allows its users to donate to charities and discover volunteerism. In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, 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.

networkforgood.org

 

Make-A-Wish Foundation

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.

wish.org

 

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.

toysfortots.org

 

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.

WorldWildlife.org/giving