The holiday season 2020 is unlike any other in history, but one aspect is exactly the same: giving still feels good. So let’s give as much as we can while staying true to our personal levels of comfort and joy.
In-person volunteering remains an option this season, with COVID-19 rules in place, but for those who want to stay home there are oodles of donation opportunities as well. So figure out how much time and / or money you have to give, and get in on the feel-goodness that comes from spreading good fortune to all.
Here are some groups in need to consider:
Creative Care Packages
This effort is organized by a Milwaukee husband and wife who are gathering school supplies / crafting packages to donate to Kids Matter Inc. and to the children at the Milwaukee’s Women’s Center. An Amazon “wish list” has been created to help you easily choose needed items to keep kids engrossed in school and making art this holiday season. Go here for the list and all the easy deets on how to ship your donations.
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is collecting monetary donations to buy meals for families. Even $1 makes a difference. Go here to find out more about the program and how you can help spread kindness during this often-unkind year.
Food is Free
This grassroots pop-up food pantry is located on 56th and Townsends Streets and gives away food 24/7. Drop off fresh or packaged food that you’d wanna eat and help others enjoy the holidays. More here.
FOX6 Coats for Kids
FOX6 Coats for Kids is back, taking coat donations through Dec. 6. All sizes are needed for adults and children. Go here for more information.
The Hope House, a food and shelter facility for Milwaukee’s homeless population, is looking for volunteers for holiday gift and food drives again this year, as well as donations. Click here to get all the deets on how to be a helper.
Hunger Task Force
Hunger Task Force is hosting a “Turkey Ticker Challenge,” which is new for 2020. Thanks to Rexnord, every turkey donation in November is matched, bird-for-bird! Just $15 buys a festive turkey for a family in need, doubled to be two turkeys for two families in need. Go here for more info about the Turkey Ticker. Hunger Task Force will also be in need of food donations in December, too.
OnMilwaukee’s "Silent Nighties"
Every year, OnMilwaukee partners with an organization in need of specific items, and this year we are honored to work with the Milwaukee Women’s Center to help them collect new nightgowns and sleepwear for women staying at the shelter. It’s super easy, and maybe even a little fun, and definitely a way to easily help local women. Go here for all the info.
The United Way needs volunteers for holiday meals on Wheels, drive-thru turkey Donner giveaways and more. They have adjusted their processes because of COVID-19 and for the safety of their volunteers. Go here for all of the volunteer options this season.
The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County also has a Holiday Giving Tree that is in need of donations.
Wisconsin Red Cross
The Red Cross has numerous online ways to give gifts, greetings and / or donations for the holidays. Go here to find out what works best for you.
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