Hello and good health, dear readers! As the holidays rapidly approach, we ready ourselves for the oncoming chorus of “Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad,” and so on and so forth. Our mailboxes will be stuffed with Christmas cards and fruitcake from relatives, friends, and co-workers who like to go the extra mile to spread the holiday spirit. If you have someone to share this with, or even a home to celebrate it in, count it as a blessing, because there are many that are not so lucky. Everyone’s situation is different, but there are many ways to give back during the holiday season. For those that are ready to give a gift of charity, be it time, goods, or money, here are a few non-profits and charities that could use your generosity.
Every day thousands of people suffer from a variety of abuses. The following organizations use their resources to council, protect, and guide survivors to a better a life.
Live Your Dream: An organization that helps survivors of human sex trafficking.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): The United State’s largest program fighting against sexual violence.
The Blue Bench: Formerly the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, prevents and supports sexual assault victims in Denver.
Though we like to think that food is a basic human right, it often is not. By donating food or money to one of the charities below, you could help a starving family.
Feed the Children: An international organization working to end child hunger.
Food for the Hungry: A global effort to end hunger.
Feed My Starving Children: Fights hunger by packing and shipping meals to children in 70 countries.
Your Local Food Bank: If you don’t have much in the cash department but have a few cans of food to spare, you can always donate them to your local food bank.
With our country’s continued struggle with homelessness, shelters and charities need more help now than ever to assist those that cannot assist themselves.
National Alliance to End Homelessness: A network of charities to end homelessness.
Stand Up for Kids: Works to end child homelessness.
The One, Inc.: Raises money to build houses for the homeless.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans: Finds healthcare and homes for homeless veterans.
Local Homeless Shelter: Donating time is just as valuable as donating money when it comes to the local homeless shelters. Find yours today to see what they could use help with.
There is not a single one of us that hasn’t been affected by sickness, whether it is as simple as a cold or as aggressive as cancer. The following charities help pay hospital costs and fund research to make the world a healthier place.
The Red Cross: Helping save lives since 1881 through a variety of efforts.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation: Funding research for a cure.
Andrea Lynn: A nonprofit that helps Illinois families pay treatment related medical bills.
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital: Funds research and treatment for children.
AID’s Foundation: Funding research for a cure, therapy, and treatment.
If your heart lies a little on the furry side, then donating your time, materials or money to the organizations below will be a great way to help out the world’s soft and fluffy citizens.
Critters in Need: An organization that fights against kill shelters and builds sanctuaries.
Best Friend’s Society: A charity dedicated to saving abused animals and relocating them to loving homes.
ASPCA: Protects animals from cruelty, shuts down puppy mills, and runs animal rescues.
Angels 4 Animals: Provides help with vet bill assistance.
Animals Abused & Abandoned: Provides funding for emergency medical care for domestic animals.
These charities are only a suggestion to those who are looking for a charity to give to. This article by no means urges anyone to stop donating to their charity of choice.
Cassidy Pittman was born in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, and has lived in various parts of the United States and China. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in Literary Studies and Writing Skills in May of 2012. Cassidy has worked as a ghost writer and editor for international companies.