By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 18, 2020 at 12:30 PM

Our gift to you this holiday season is Let's Eat MKE! Eat well. Save money. Support local.

Let’s Eat MKE is a digital coupon book offering $10 off your meal at 20 of the best restaurants in town. 

Local restaurants need your help more than ever. PLUS 10% of sales will go directly back to local spots via our charity partner Serve60. 

Buy one, gift one! 

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.

Hope House
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.

United Way

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.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.