The holidays are for giving! (Although the insane consumerism we experience from the day after Halloween until Christmas may suggest otherwise. Sorry, Grinch moment over.) This time of year serves as a great reminder that we should be giving back to our community and helping those who may otherwise go without this season.
There are so many worthy causes in Baltimore, but below are a few holiday-specific opportunities that really touched my heart. If you have a cause you would like to add to this post please let me know in the comments and I will update the blog post. Happy giving!
The Baltimore Station
The Baltimore Station provides homeless veterans with the tools they need to turn their lives around. The organization provides resources to combat health, social, economic and psychological problems. Throughout an 18-month program, these veterans learn life skills that position them for success on their own. To support The Baltimore Station, you can give back through a donation, volunteering or giving to their wish list—a list of items that the veterans use and need during their time at The Baltimore Station. For details, visit their website.
Santa Claus Anonymous
Santa Claus Anonymous is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization focused on raising money to provide for the thousands of children in the Baltimore metropolitan area who go without presents at the holidays. The organization’s mission is to give every child a Christmas—and they’re doing a great job. Over 30,000 children are reached through Santa Claus Anonymous (SCA) each year. The SCA team works with the community to provide anonymous assistance in the form of gift certificates, allowing families to purchase their children holiday presents. To provide your support to SCA in the form of volunteering or a monetary donation, click here.
Casey Cares – Holiday Giving Program
The Casey Cares Foundation was created to provide support to critically ill children and their families. Their holiday drive asks for monetary donations to support the cost of hosting uplifting events for these children and their families. The events include holiday parties, birthday parties, family trips, visits to local attractions, etc. The goal is to provide some fun, positivity and a sense of normality in the lives of families who experience very serious and often financially draining situations. In addition to providing a monetary donation, you can also donate your time by becoming a volunteer for Casey Cares. For additional details, visit the Casey Cares Foundation website.
CASA of Baltimore – Holiday Gift Drive
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. These are volunteers who are appointed by a judge to ensure that the educational, medical, social and mental health needs of foster children in Baltimore are understood and represented. A CASA is assigned to a child with the goal of ensuring that the court hears what is in the best interest for the child. CASA is holding a Holiday Gift Drive to provide support for these children. You can choose to donate to support a child, teenager, sibling group or teen mom and their child. Your donations will be provided to CASA who will then purchase gifts for CASA children. To make a donation, click here. To learn more about CASA or becoming a CASA volunteer, visit their website.
Sarah’s Hope – Holiday Giving
Sarah’s Hope provides 24-hour services for homeless women and children. The program offers shelter and support services designed to help families quickly get back on their feet and prepare them for long-term success. The organization is asking for donations of new items, including children’s clothing, toys and games, pantry items, toiletries and cleaning supplies. They are also in search of volunteers for the holidays; potential jobs include meal preparation and serving, “Santa’s Helpers” to sort and wrap donated gifts, and helping children with educational arts and craft activities after school. For details, view the Holiday Giving flyer, or visit their website.