With Christmas coming up, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Did I get everyone on my list something? Are the guest rooms ready? Did I remember to mail the Christmas cards?
Yes, it’s so much fun to dress up, be with family, and stuff ourselves silly. But let’s not forget those around us that are less fortunate. I’ve got a list of some awesome charities that you can get involved with this holiday season!
Operation Christmas Child—also known as Operation Shoebox—sends a shoebox full of goodies to children all over the world! They could end up in Africa, South America, Asia; anywhere! Huff the Hubs and I really enjoy doing this! Its so much fun to go shopping for a little one and knowing you’ll get to brighten up their Christmas!
The Angel Tree program is a great one that my family has been doing for years. This charity focuses on the children of incarcerated parents. The parents fill out the Angel decals with their children’s names and what they’d like for Christmas. Then, you pick up a decal from a pick-up spot (normally a church or mall), shop for your kiddo, bring the presents back (wrapped), and the kids get gifts from their parents for Christmas!
Operated by the Marines, TfT focuses on helping children have the best Christmas they can, despite financial setbacks. There are so many drop-off locations throughout the nation that you can bring a new, unwrapped toy!
According to their website, My Two Front Teeth’s vision is: “to reduce the pain of poverty and help strengthen the bonds of society by bringing simplicity, efficiency, and personalization to the charitable gift-giving process, encouraging everyone to experience the incredible power and joy of giving.”
Another way to help those in need is to simply pack a bag for the homeless. Keep it with you in your car and hand it to someone you see while you’re out and about. If you need some tips on what the homeless actually need, here’s a great site with some helpful tips!
Have you ever worked with any of these charities? Are there charities not on my list that you’ve worked with before? Share in the comments below!