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Community Gifting

Date: December 19, 2014 Categories: Blog

A gift under the tree can make one child happy. Below, are some suggestions for gifts you can give to our community, to help local kids, on an on-going basis:


  1. Contact your local Children’s Advocacy Center and ask how they could use your help.


  1. Attend a free Darkness2Light: Stewards of Children training and learn how you can prevent, recognize and address child sexual abuse. Spread the word about this training to other adults, to increase our community’s capacity to protect children.


  1. Join the Board of Directors of a non-profit serving children and become an active part of that program’s initiatives.


  1. Promote a fundraiser for a non-profit you believe in. Buy tickets, hand out fliers, forward e-mails and do whatever else you can to get people to support the organization’s mission.


  1. Volunteer at a school.


  1. Donate food, time or money to local food pantries. Children are a huge percentage of the population served by food banks.


  1. Become a mentor. Programs like the Big Brothers and Big Sisters match disadvantaged children to an adult mentor who can support and encourage them, as well as be a positive role model.


  1. Use your professional skills to help kids. Photographers can donate free senior pictures for low-income or foster kids. Videographers can make an informational/promotional video for a non-profit. Cooks can contact local group homes and shelters about providing a home cooked meal or teaching kids how to cook. If you work in a job where you can take on an intern, offer the opportunity to disadvantaged kids.


  1. Encourage your employer to invest in kids.


  1. Contact a non-profit that serves kids and find out what tangible items they need.
  • Organizations helping teens transition from foster care often need new and gently used items for a first apartment – like furniture, linens, kitchenware and laundry supplies.
  • Families getting their children home from foster care or trying to accept a foster or adoptive placement might need beds, dressers and new car seats.
  • Locations that give away clothes often need clothing and shoes in a variety of sizes, especially clothes for school, work or job interviews.
  • Schools may need of supplies for low-income students and classrooms in general.
  • Food pantries, social services agencies and clothes closets may accept diapers, wet wipes, baby food, new car seats and formula.
  • Shelters often need blankets, towels, toys and personal hygiene items.