Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ways to Get Involved and Donate to Families in Need


This blog comes from our intern, Jane, who is excited to give back this season. I think you will agree that she makes a better case for it than this week’s episode of Glee.

Too many children and families aren’t able to share in the joy of opening gifts or have a festive home-cooked dinner with their family during the holidays. You can change this by donating new, unwrapped gifts to Toys for Tots, the wonderful organization run by the Marine Corps. We love seeing our children, siblings, and nieces and nephews excited about tearing the wrapping paper off of their gifts—now you can do the same for children whose parents can’t afford to do so. You can type in your zip code to find a local drop-off spot near you.

You can give the gift of warmth this winter by donating a gently-used coat to the New York Cares Coat Drive. To see a complete list of drop-off areas, click here.

As far as providing meals for children and families, you can volunteer your time at a community kitchen for the Food Bank For New York City by visiting the following link.

If you are unable to volunteer at a local soup kitchen, you can donate food as well.

Regardless of how and what you celebrate this year, we should take the time to remember and appreciate all the people in our lives that make everyday special and be grateful for what we have. The holidays aren’t about extravagance but about giving back to those in need and volunteering your time to help out a child or family.

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