This week the girls and I delivered 25 Birthday Swag Bags that we collected through the month of November. Our friends were very generous in helping us make this sizable donation. I am so thankful 25 local families will get to celebrate a birthday with some special decorations and a birthday cake. This started me thinking about other ways we can contribute to our local community. I did a little research and compiled this handy reference guide for your charitable gift giving this holiday season.
You can save the handy guide below for your future reference, or click on any of the links in the descriptions below to find out more about each agency.
People’s Place in Kingston provides food, clothing and household goods to families in need in Ulster County. You can drop off gently used items, contribute party supplies to their birthday booth, or volunteer your time to in their food pantry. www.peoplesplacekingston.org
Family of Woodstock helps families from falling through the cracks. They provide counseling, domestic violence intervention, support for homelessness, food programs and so much more. http://www.familyofwoodstockinc.org/
Dutchess Outreach helps families in need of emergency assistance, utilities, kids clothing closet, feeding programs and more. http://www.dutchessoutreach.org/
Angel Food East original delivered meals to individuals with HIV/AIDS, but is now open to home bound medically frail individuals. They are ALWAYS in need of drivers and donations. http://www.angelfoodeast.org/
Sparrow’s Nest helps parents and care givers living with cancer provide meals for their families. Your donation could help a neighbor put a hot meal on the table during a difficult week of treatment. http://sparrowsnestcharity.org/
Bonnie Boxes of Love delivers shoe boxes filled with gifts and treats to individuals undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Many of items can be opened and enjoyed during the hours long therapy session, making it a less lonely time for some. Find a chapter near you http://bonnieboxes.com/chapters.html
Brenna’s Basement in Poughkeepsie provides clothing and toys for children, baby items for pregnant teens, and furniture and household items for those with specific needs. http://brennaenglefoundation.org/brennasbasementpoughkeepsie.html
Cancer Resource Center of The Hudson Valley provides grants for programs and services offered free of charge, or to offset the cost of living with cancer. Your gift helps provide advocacy through important cancer support services for cancer patients, their families and caregivers in the Hudson Valley. http://hudsonvalleycancer.org/donate.aspx
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation – The mission of the Foundation is to fund support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the Hudson Valley. Click here to find out where your donations go http://milesofhope.org/where-donations-go/
Children and Family Services through your county’s Department of Social Services will accept donations of gently used coats and snow gear for the children in their foster care system. Clean out your closets and call ahead to your local office and schedule a time to drop off. http://ulstercountyny.gov/social-services/children-and-family-services
ASPCA provides food, shelter and advocacy for animal cruelty, adoption clinics and vaccine clinics all free or at little cost to our community. We can’t forget our fury little friends! Find your local shelter on the web to access their wish list of items needed, or to make a cash donation. http://www.ucspca.org/?page_id=157
If you can’t afford to be charitable this Christmas don’t worry! Statistically, food pantries and human service organizations receive 40% of their annual gifts during the Christmas season. Your donations are needed all year so keep this list handy for when you are ready to give! I’ve included only organizations that will keep your donations local. The money, the supplies and the items you donate will help out families living right here in the Hudson Valley. Want to be the change you wish to see in the world? Start by giving local!
The Whatever Mom is a full time wife and twin mama living on coffee and wine. She enjoys the pure rush of cleaning the BIG potty between loads of laundry. It is her dream that moms everywhere accept and embrace the Whatever Mom philosophy which can be found here.