We all know the saying, “It is better to give than to receive,” and the old adage is especially near and dear to our hearts this time of year. What better time than Christmas to do something to make a very real difference in the lives of others? To get you started, here are three charities committed to making lives better the whole year ’round.
Being warm and dry during the coldest winter nights is something most of us take for granted. But for many in need, facing freezing temps can be a matter of life and death. That’s where One Warm Coat comes in, an organization that unites with local groups for a singular purpose: to collect coats to give to those in need, free of charge. (To date, the agency has given away close to four million coats.)
So raid your closets, your kids’ closets, your neighbors’ closets (just kidding about the last one … kind of) and pull out those no-longer-needed coats. Visit One Warm Coat to find your nearest drop-off location. Then, let the knowledge that your coat will directly help a child, woman or man in need warm your hearts this winter.
As parents, watching your children’s eyes light up on Christmas morning is one of the best parts of the Big Day. But imagine if there were no presents to open. That is the reality for thousands of kids in inner-city Atlanta … or at least it would be without the Atlanta Dream Center. The non-profit partners with volunteers every year to hand deliver toys to thousands of at-risk children.
You can help make Christmas happen for these kids by bringing in new toys for children ages 2 to 12. Toys can be dropped off at 652 Angier Avenue Ne, Atlanta GA 30308 by December 18th at 5 p.m.
But that isn’t where your part ends. You and your littles can also be a part of the meaningful gift-giving experience on December 20 at 10 a.m. Volunteers will have a chance to visit the homes of the children in some of Atlanta’s most down-trodden neighborhoods and hand-deliver the gifts.(There is no age restriction on the Saint Nick Project, however, keep in mind that it is important to discern whether younger attendees can handle the experience.) For more info, visit The Saint Nick Project.
If you’re a mama, you have a soft spot for kids at Christmas—no matter where in the world they are. This Christmas, you can teach your own kiddos the importance of giving by partnering with the locally-based organization No Hungry Children. The African-focused non-profit makes it their mission to feeding hungry children every school day in the slum schools of Nairobi, Kenya.
There is no better proof of how so much can be done with so little than No Hungry Children. Just $1 feeds 1 child for 1 week. Yep, you read that right. For less than $60 a year, your family can feed one child for a year. Visit their website to see children awaiting sponsors and make impacting the world for the better one child at a time a new holiday tradition for your family.
To find out more about No Hungry Children, check out our Holiday 2014 issue here.