February 1, 2020

By Callie Lovekin

Ah, the holiday season. It’s a great time to give gifts, receive gifts, and spread joy all around. As we celebrate and enjoy the season, it’s important to think of children and adults who aren’t as fortunate as some of us. So, if you’d like to donate to others, here are some organizations in New York City that you can give to.

Toys for Tots- Toys for Tots is a national nonprofit organization that donates to children in need. You can give toys to Toys for Tots by dropping them off at a local toy drop locations, which can be found all over the city. 

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program- This is a program run by The Salvation Army, which gives underprivileged kids the chance to experience the joy of Christmas. You can find a location closest to you by going on to their website and entering your zip code. 

New York Cares- New York Cares is an organization that you can donate coats to, buy coats from, or donate money to in order to help New Yorkers in need. Last year they sold their two millionth coat after 31 years. To donate to them, you can visit one of their drop-off locations or at their warehouse. 

If you can’t donate anything to one of these drives, here are some places where you can volunteer. 

Grand Central Food Program- The Grand Central Food Program is an organization that makes and delivers food to homeless people. Volunteers help to hand out food and drive the vans. To learn how to volunteer, visit their website for more information. 

St. Joe’s Soup Kitchen- St. Joe’s Soup Kitchen is an organization fighting to stop the starvation of the homeless, and it is completely run by volunteers. Volunteers prepare nutritional meals in the basement of The Church of Saint Joseph, and anyone is welcome. 

City Meals on Wheels- City Meals on Wheels is an organization that visits senior centers and delivers food in that area. Volunteers are needed to talk and visit with the seniors, deliver food on foot, pack and make the food, and respond to letters from meal recipients.

So, if you’re feeling generous this holiday season, try to donate to a local toy drive or volunteer at a local food drive. Just by doing this small deed, you are sure to make someone’s day and make the holiday season so much more joyful for everyone. Happy holidays!