Be a Good Samaritan: Where to volunteer this Christmas

I stated in one of my earlier blog posts that time is one of the most precious gifts one person can give to another. People seem to lose the true meaning of Christmas whilst getting lost in the wanting for presents. The true meaning of the holiday is to be with your loved ones, giving back and getting into the spirit overall.

If you’re thinking about volunteering on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (like I am) take a look at some of these events from hfny.org!

All Angels’/Wellness Cafe Christmas Party on UWS

Help serve food & drinks, pass out Christmas gifts and spend time building relationships with those who are homeless or marginally housed. It will be a fun, festive evening of celebration! Tuesday, December 17, 5:30PM to 9:00PM. RSVP

Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter/Serve a Christmas Meal on UES

Volunteers will help set up for the Christmas party, serve a meal and clean up. This takes place on Christmas day, December 25, from 1:30PM to 5:30PM. 4 Volunteers needed. RSVP

Capernaum /Throw Christmas Party for Youth with Special Needs

4-5 male volunteers are needed to help with Christmas-themed activities for a group of local high schoolers with special needs at All Angels’ Church on the UWS. Play games, sing Christmas songs, and get to know the young men involved. Thursday, December 19 from 6:00 to 8:30PM. Email Katie at kmarkquart@gmail.com.

Graffiti // Community Christmas Party (Family Friendly)

Throw the Alphabet City community a festive and family-friendly Christmas party. Help set up and manage areas of activity like face painting, craft tables, and distributing toys. Thursday, December 19 from 6:00 to 7:00PM. RSVP

World Vision /Distribute Toys at Christmas Celebration

Serve with World Vision to throw a Christmas party at an after school program in the Bronx! Volunteers will help set up and clean up, and assist with leading crafts and games and distributing toys/gifts to the children and families. Friday, December 20 from 5:00 to 8:00PM. RSVP

Bowery Mission Transitional Center // Christmas Party  

Help celebrate Christmas with the men at the BMTC for caroling, playing games, snacks and fellowship. Saturday, 12/21 from 3:30PM to 5:00PM. Men volunteers only

Be sure to check out hfny.org for the full list