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25 Days of Christmas: Holiday Donations

Posted on: December 7, 2015

Day 7: Holiday Donations
That’s right. I’m revisiting the giving aspect of the holiday season. I figure if I”m going to do a few gift guides, I can also toss these ideas out, too. For the most part, people are more in the giving spirit at this time of year. So why not more than one post?

If you want to give, but you aren’t sure where to turn, you’re welcome to look into the options below.

  1. Toys for Tots – The Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that you’ll see and hear a lot about this season. Each year, they collect new toys to donate to children. There may be a box at your employer’s location and there are a few retailers that have boxes as well, including Toys R Us.  You can also locate a drop off in your area.
  2. Shelters – You can search local shelters in your area to donate to or consider adopting a family at a transitional housing location. It could be gifts or winter accessories (scarves, hats, gloves). If you’re crafty, you could make those items and donate them. It wouldn’t cost you much more than some time.
  3. Everyday citizens – There are a high number of residents in Baltimore that are currently experiencing homelessness. One of my previous jobs was located right in the heart of downtown and I encountered several of these individuals every day. I know that a lot of people are wary about giving to these people, afraid of being scammed or what might happen with the money. My opinion is that your intention of giving is what matters, what someone does with that… it’s out of your control. With that said, that isn’t going to change many minds. I know that. So, another option – gift cards! In the past, I’ve bought several small denomination gift cards to Subway and given those out. I’m not endorsing Subway; I chose it because there were 2 locations within a 5 minute walking distance from where I was handing them out.

The logo belongs to Toys for Tots. Which is why I didn’t alter it.

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