The holidays are in full swing, the spirit of giving is in the air and Christmas is right around the corner!
Although we’re all looking forward to Christmas, the “most wonderful time of the year” starts off with Thanksgiving. Not only is Thanksgiving a time to feast, it’s a time to give thanks and give back and a lot of us seem to forget that. Luckily, there are just as many people that DO remember the real meaning of Thanksgiving and the holidays in general. Many of these causes need your help too, so it’s not too late to get involved.
The 25th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive
Much like the holidays, the NYC coat drive has been going on for some time now and will be going on until February 7th. You can drop your coats and jackets off to the New York Cares warehouse in Midtown Manhattan or make cash donations. If you simply do not have a coat and money is tight, the best donation of all would be your time in the form of volunteering at the coat drive. They could always use the help.
Find out more information on their website.
Ulster Corps Coat and Winter Wish List Drive
Going on from now until December 20th, Ulster County has brought together all its charitable vehicles and branched them under the UlsterCorps umbrella. Not only will they be accepting coat donations, they’ll also be having a day for Toys for Tots (December 5th), Holiday gift drives and adopt a family sponsor, Caring Hands Soup Kitchen as well as a bunch of others.
Get the full list here.
Food Bank for New York City
The Food Bank for New York is the destination for food poverty assistance and it has been since 1983. It’s one of the country’s largest food banks and its main goal is to end hunger in New York City. With these guys having food drives year round, I’d say now would be the perfect time to volunteer some of yours (time that is) and help out at one of the many sponsored Food Bank of New York centers around the city.
Find out more info here.
Project Hospitality is a non-profit in Staten Island that provides many services for the homeless and hungry. The offer services that help those with home and shelter issues, lack of food, mental issues and substance abuses. They also offer programs for kids and people who are HIV/AIDS positive. If you live in the Staten Island area, this would be a really great place to donate your time.
Visit their website here.