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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We’re in the midst of our first arctic winter blast and my neighbors already have up their Christmas lights but that’s not what makes this the most wonderful time of year… it’s a time of sharing, giving and showing our care and concern for others.

Earlier this week, a friend mentioned that his company wanted to do something special for a local family. He asked for some references to organizations who have programs to help during the holidays. I found a few great resources and this list is too good not to share!

Guardian Angel Holiday Project by the Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem

Angel trees for children in need! Our church hosted a tree last year and the two children we had were both foster kids. It was rewarding but a little heartbreaking at the same time. An amazing experience. As of this posting, they are looking for volunteers for the program.

Holiday Cheer Project of the Wake County Department of Human Services

Provide Christmas gifts and/or meals for a family in need. This is a personal relationship between the sponsor the the Holiday Cheer family. There is a an exceptional need to sponsor adults with physical or cognitive impairments and no financial or family support. The application process actually started in October but you might be able to squeeze in!

Holiday Food Boxes & Christmas Bags for Urban Ministries of Wake County

A variety of ways to help families in need through Urban Ministries: assemble a holiday meals box or Christmas Bags and gift cards for the women at the Helen Wright Center. Lots of options to really make a difference.

Christmas Blessings Gift Program at the Raleigh Rescue Mission

Provide Christmas gifts for men, women and children residing at the mission. Stop by the mission or call to get a gift tag and drop off your items before December 9. The mission also has many other ways to help during the holidays.

Senior Santa Program of Meals on Wheels in Durham

Help bring some holiday cheer to a lonely senior this season! Purchase an inexpensive gift that can be delivered with their meal.

Holiday Wish List & Giving Trees at Ronald McDonald House in Durham

Purchase gifts for the children and stocking stuffers for the parents or create your own Giving Tree for a group.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities with Activate Good

Ring the bells, wrap gifts, or be a Santa’s Elf through some of the many volunteering opportunities with Activate Good!

If you’re short on time, you can always make a quick monetary donation to provide meals to families in need through the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC‘s Holiday Meals Drive.

Planning early is the key to really making a difference during the holidays through these fine organizations. Get involved and make this season truly special for others.

Happy holidays!

And thanks to my good buddy, Cole Watts, for inspiring this post!