Nonprofits are all about giving. Nonprofit staff, donors, and volunteers give up their time, potential earnings, and effort to support the causes they care about. .
While the news is plagued with stories about war, poverty, and greed as of late, it is hard to believe that we humans are programmed with a sense of altruism. However, the facts show that many of us are preprogrammed for good and the fact that so many of these nonprofit organizations exist acts as a testament to the belief that we are inclined to kindness.
This year, I feel as though it is only appropriate that those nonprofits which go above and beyond their usual scope during the holiday season should deserve some recognition for those efforts.
Here’s how these five nonprofits are giving back in a special way this holiday season!
(This list is organized in alphabetical order)
In the city of Boston, there are children who go without a Christmas celebration because of the stresses of poverty. Christmas in the City is a nonprofit run entirely by volunteers whose mission each year is to “bring Santa” to the children to needy families and provide assistance to those families so that they may transition out of poverty.
Each year, Christmas in the City hosts an annual holiday party for thousands of homeless children while sending gifts to thousands more.
Ever since I was a child, my family made a tradition out of heading into the country to cut down our own Christmas tree. As an adult, I now exclusively buy live evergreens for Christmas. Sure, they are messier, but the sappy pine smell always transports me back to memories of Christmas at home.
Unfortunately, there are some who don’t have the luxury of their own Christmas tree—live trees are a luxury that tend to be reserved for only those who can afford it. Christmas Tree Santas has a very simple, yet touching mission: spreading joy each year by giving Christmas trees to families in need.
The great thing about helping others is that you don’t need tons of money and a huge organization to do it, as Holiday Hope has learned.
Holiday Hope is a small nonprofit based in Pennsylvania which collects gifts for families during the holiday season. In the past, Holiday Hope has held your standard drives to collect Christmas gifts for children in need, but this year they are allowing donors the option of “adopting” a specific family this season.
There are some things that just go together and one wouldn’t be complete without the other. Tortilla chips with salsa, oreos with milk, and the Salvation Army with Christmas. Every year the iconic greeters with red buckets and bells from the Salvation Army are out in front of every grocery store looking to collect donations for those in need.
Well this year in the UK, the Salvation Army is hosting “The Christmas Present Appeal,” a gift drive for the homeless and those in need of all ages.
They even provide a suggested gift list for each age group.
As always, The Salvation Army works help those in need who can’t provide it for themselves.
Not only are there families here and in the UK who are in need of support and holiday cheer this season, but there are families around the world who do with less because of their situation.
Samaritan’s Purse International Relief is hosting their own holiday program named “Operation Christmas Child.” This drive allows donors to build their own shoebox full of cool toys and other types of gifts such as hygiene products, clothes, and school supplies to be delivered to a child in the age range of your choice.
They even include a detailed guide of suggestions based on gender and ages of the children including the most needed hygiene products for each age group.
Samaritan’s Purse gives you the option to build your own shoebox at home to ship or to build one on their website, that way everyone can give.
While it is true that we can’t solve all of the world’s problems, it is great to see such a great effort being made to help others and make our world just a little bit better during the holidays.
Are there any special nonprofit campaigns that you feel should make this list? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!