The joys of helping needy families enjoy Christmas.
Christmas time is a wonderful time for many families. However, there are a few families that are in such poverty, they can not afford to purchase gifts for their children or loved ones at Christmas time.
A few organizations have set up programs to help these children have a better Christmas, by donations from others in the community. Listed below, are the top 3 places to donate.
Toys for Tots
They usually begin accepting unwrapped gifts as early as October. You can search for a toy drop off location or local campaigns at the website ToysforTots
Also, from their website, you can help them raise money by sending free e-cards, and you can donate to them your “MyCokeRewards” points.
The Salvation Army
The Christmas Tree Angels is one of the programs they offer. Sponsors put the trees in shopping stores, with angel tags listed with the child’s name, clothing size, and toys wanted. The contributors who take angel names from the tree has the choice to purchase them clothing or toys from their wish list. Once the items have been purchased, you can turn them in to the Salvation Army office or accepting unit.
Whenever you see the volunteer(s) ringing the bell with a red kettle in front of Wal-Mart or other stores, the money they collect is used for toys for the children, dinner to feed the poor families, clothing, necessities for homeless individuals, and items for hospital and nursing home patients.
For those who do not get out much, donations can also be made to the Salvation Army online.
If you want the donation used only for Christmas gifts, you must state that fact in the “specific use” box immediately below the amount you are donating.
The first thing to do if you want to join this program, is to find out if “Operation Santa Claus” is offered at your local USPS. You will be able to read actual letters from needy children to Santa Claus. You can purchase the items that you wish to purchase, and choose to hand deliver or mail the items. It’s also best if you say the gifts are from “Santa”
Some families barely slip by the Holidays purchasing items for their own loved ones. But for those who do have a little extra, it is a great feeling to give and know that you have made someone else’s Christmas very special.