By Kimberly Paulk, SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits
Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. – Dr. Seuss
Looking for a way to give back as a family this holiday season? Many families get involved through their local church or community center, but if you’re looking for something new or a little different, we’ve got some suggestions for you!
Photo credit: Alexander Youth Network
– Changed Choices invites you and your family to share the joy of the holidays with women who are separated from their kids and community due to incarceration. You choose the number of cards you’d like to write, and you’ll receive instructions about sending mail to jail or prison and a confidential return address to use.
– Charlotte Rescue Mission is an option if your family would like to volunteer in person on Christmas day to serve a meal. To get a spot you have to act fast (sign-ups will happen on December 3rd), but you can get the details now.
– Ronald McDonald House invites guest families and the families of critically ill children in their partner hospitals to come in and select holiday gifts for their family members at no cost. Help supply this special Holiday Shop! Get started with the wish list.
– Alexander Angel Network is the largest in-kind annual gift collection for the children of Alexander Youth Network. Get the scoop here.
– GivngTuesdayCLT is a collaborative of 64 local nonprofits that have joined together to make it easier for you to learn about them and give – through either money or time – on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. Find out how to get involved.
Of course, you can give back to your community all year long, not just during the holidays. Visit SHARE Charlotte for ideas.