In the spirit of the holidays, we at Rick’s Paint and Body are proud to help sponsor a food drive for Golden Harvest Food Bank. Here is a link to the items most needed. We are currently accepting donations at all three of our locations through the holidays. Even if you aren’t in need of auto body repair, we invite you to stop by and help fill our bins for a worthwhile cause. This is certainly a season of need. From toys to food, clothing to money, many families are in need of a holiday blessing. Here are some great local charities and organizations that need your help, especially this time of year:
The Salvation Army can be seen just about everywhere you go this season. They can’t be missed with their red kettles, and ringing bells. If you’re lucky, you might even get serenaded by a bell ringer at your favorite retailer. The money they collect provides food, clothing, and toys. They also provide financial assistance for basic necessities to those in need. A little change can go a long way for a struggling family. Our very own Kroc Center was funded through the Salvation Army.
I think we’ve all bought a toy to help Toys for Tots at one time or another. The organization was founded by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. This great program has been giving bright Christmas mornings to children since 1947. Whether you can only give one toy, or your organization wants to become a toy drop site, every donation counts. Here is a list of local donation drop-offs.
Now is also a great time to remember the many troops that will be spending their holidays away from their loved ones. Here is a site that addresses specific needs of many soldiers and their families. In addition, the USO Wishbook allows you to give a soldier a gift ranging from a phone call home, to Christmas decorations. This is certainly a noble cause.
A great need that is often forgotten over the holidays is blood. We all have very busy schedules this time of year, however, blood is a donation that will only cost you time. Three lives can be saved with a single donation. Blood donations are often very low this time of year. Local urgent needs include A negative, B negative and O negative. Here is a link to Shepeard Community Blood Center’s local drives this month.
While it does bring a great sense of satisfaction to give, some of us cannot give a great deal. All of the above mentioned organizations will accept even the smallest of donation. You can also bring together members your church, civic club, or business to gather a greater donation. If you have your own charity in mind, but don’t know if they are legitimate, you can check them out with the Better Business Bureau.
Happy Holidays, and Happy Giving!