While the holidays can be filled with excitement, some people, families and communities could use a helping hand this time of year.
Anyone can make a difference this holiday season. Below, we share simple ways to give a little or give a lot. Whatever you donate can make a difference.
Every year, local station WGAL, The Salvation Army, Family Owned Markets and the Pennsylvania and Delaware Cleaners Association sponsor the annual Coats for Kids Drive. Coats for Kids accepts donations of new or gently used coats and gives them to kids in need across the Susquehanna Valley.
One Warm Coat is a national program that has several ways for people to get involved. They’ve hosted more than 20,000 coat drivers and given away more than 4 million coats. Monetary donations are a great way to help too. Ninety-five percent of every dollar supports their programing.
Lastly, the Coats for Kids Foundation is a service of Operation Warm. Since 2002, Operation Warm has provided new winter coats, gloves and hats to kids in need in 37 states. You can help by making a donation that will go toward the purchase of a new coat.
Toys for Tots is maybe the best-known Christmas gift charity. Run by the United States Marine Corps, the program distributes new toys to children in need. Go here to find your local drop-off location. You can also donate funds, volunteer your time or register online to host your own toy drop site.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation hosts Make-A-Wish Toy Drives every year. These toys are given to kids living with life-threatening medical conditions. Choose an item from the Make-A-Wish wish list to get started.
Those in need, and the organizations that serve them, are always on the lookout for pantry staples. Locate a drop off location for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Not sure what to buy? Here’s a list of most desired foot items.
Feeding America is a national food bank that helps millions of families every year. Organize your own food drive and make a donation. Click here to find your local food bank.
Other Charity Programs and Events
The Lancaster Alternative Gift Fair will be held on Dec. 8, 2018 at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is hosted by Gifts That Give Hope and features 30 local nonprofit organizations that make fair trade, sustainable and socially-conscious products. Enjoy kids’ activities, culinary delights and other family-friendly entertainment.
Bar-hop downtown while raising money at the annual Lancaster Santa Stumble on Dec. 8, 2018. This event is for people 21 and up only. Buy your tickets online to join the party. Tickets are limited.
Love spreading holiday cheer? Be a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army of Lancaster! Contact Adrienne Kautz at 717-397-7565 or send an email to Adrienne.Kautz@use.salvationarmy.org.
Whether you donate money, toys, clothes, food or your time, we hope you’ll make the decision to give back this holiday season.
From all of us at Hagelgans & Veronis, we wish you and your family a safe and memorable holiday season!