Imagine a child waking up to toys on Christmas morning and a family settling down to a holiday dinner thanks to your generosity and time. This season, do more than just make your family cheerful and volunteer for a local organization to help those in need. Here’s 5 places to help get you started.
Christmas in the City
Christmas is an important holiday, especially to children. Volunteer with Christmas in the City, supported by Patriots player Julian Edelman, as they host their annual holiday party for those living in homeless shelters, or help give out toys to children and families in need. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 45 Franklin St., 617-651-2482
Holiday Fundraiser for Boston Children’s Hospital
Too busy to volunteer, but still want to help? Boston Children’s Hospital is holding a holiday fundraiser in partnership with Cook Newton’s chef, Paul Turano, for the Patient and Family Resource Room. December 1. To donate, visit here.825 Washington St., Newton, 617-964-2665
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank provides volunteering year round. This holiday, however, help them get ready for their Holiday Meal Drive as they raise money and gather food to make traditional holiday suppers for those in need. 70 S Bay Ave., 617-427-5200. To see volunteer opportunities, visit gbfb.org.
Dedicated towards helping those in poverty move towards economic independence, Haley House hosts a number of volunteering opportunities from soup kitchens to elder meals throughout the winter. 23 Dartmouth St., 617-236-8132
Cradles to Crayons
With a mission of providing children ages 0 to 12 with basics and goods, the organization provides multiple easy ways to get involved during the holiday season. From contributing funds to hosting a collection drive, volunteering at Cradles to Crayons is suitable for both one person and families. 155 North Beacon St., Brighton, 617-779-4700