As Halloween winds down, and the weather turns chilly, the holidays and holiday giving take priority. You decide whether your donation goes to a child, a senior or other adult, perhaps a family. Making the time to shop for gifts not only gives you the opportunity to make a positive contribution in someone’s life, but allows you to give back to the community in which you live, work or play. Traditionally, some folks choose to donate to several charitable organizations touted for providing toys, food and/or money for the unemployed, the hungry and homeless. If you’re looking for just the right organization in Charlotte, start here:
Serve Charlotte’s Homeless
PO Box 39042
Charlotte, NC 28278
Serve Charlotte’s Homeless, an organization that assists the homeless and the needy, is organizing a Christmas toy drive and holiday meals in the hopes of making Christmas brighter for families in need. The organization has partnerships throughout North and South Carolina, and in previous years has launched Christmas toy drives and holiday meals through Operation Mayday in South Carolina.
This year, Serve Charlotte’s Homeless is asking for the support of the community in the form of monetary donations or donated toys as they launch “Santa’s Fire truck,” a unique way to give back that will unite charity, Fire Stations, and the delivery of holiday meals and toys to families in need, by everyday heroes (Firefighters.) These Firefighters will visit the homes of underprivileged families on Christmas morning, and will make Christmas an unforgettable day for a few very deserving families.
Donations can be made via paypal at email@example.com, or via mail at the address listed above. Please write “Santa’s Fire truck” in the memo line. For toy donations, please call: 469.450.8059.
PO Box 691051
Charlotte, NC 28227
Providing holiday joy to families and individuals who are poverty stricken, unemployed and who are financially struggling is one of the ways this seasonal non-profit gives back to the community. One of the two options to donate includes matching your needs with a family based on a particular dollar amount. You shop for the gifts and bring them unwrapped to the volunteer checkpoint; the location to be determined closer to the holidays. If you would prefer to sponsor a family, you may do so by donating money toward a package ranging from less than $150 to $500.
Crisis Assistance Ministry
500A Spratt St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
Donating to this charity does not always mean giving a one-time monetary gift or volunteering for an hour. When assisting families with financial difficulties, a neighborhood, corporation, family or individual may contribute by hosting a fundraising event such as clothing or furniture drives, or donating household goods or their time. The founders of this charity pride themselves on efficiently pooling resources to help people become self-sufficient adults who contribute to society. Monetary donations begin at a minimum of $25, although any amount is accepted.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte
3801 E. Independence Blvd., Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28205
Several options for donating exist to match mentors with thousands of youth ages 5 to 14. Mentoring occurs in either a community or school setting in which the adult and child may talk with recipients or participate in fun activities. Children whose parents are in prison require a special kind of person who provides emotional support and care giving through this program. Donating to support these programs can occur on a one-time or ongoing basis in any dollar amount, and/or you may honor a loved one or an anniversary with a memoriam.
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Loaves & Fishes of Charlotte
3200 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
Sending a card, buying groceries or donating your time, food or a minimum of $15 are some of the ways to give planned contributions to this cause. Based in Charlotte, this non-profit buys a week’s worth of groceries for individuals who are in a temporary crisis while residing in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. To prevent dependency on the program, local professionals such as ministers and pastors determine crisis need and screen individuals. Those who do receive weekly food are restricted to visiting the pantry once every 30 days.
Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency
5007 Monroe Road, Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28205
Helping refugees become contributing members of society occurs through donations of coats, jackets, baby furniture such as chairs, cribs and booster seats, household goods and furniture. These items assist these people in providing a home either for themselves or their families while they adjust to living in Charlotte. Monetary donations are accepted on the web or, alternatively, via check. Although this non-profit does receive state grants, it is not enough to fund the expenses and pay for driving lessons, appointments and down payment services needed to secure housing and training.
Julie Callicutt is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.