The Caring Effect
Our goal is to make those who care aware of the needs of others through The Caring Effect radio show and plug them in to ways they can make a difference.
Can you spare two hours? You and your kids can spend it ringing a bell for the Salvation Army. It’s a long-standing holiday tradition, but you needn’t stand long: two-hour shifts are available 10 am–8 pm, daily except Sunday. The main bell-ringing season runs Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. For those in the Twin Cities, sign up online or call 651-746-3519 for more information.
Many families have a tradition of “adopting” a local family for gift giving. Social service agencies can match you with a family in need and suggest what gifts they would appreciate – usually basics like hats, mittens, socks, underwear and blankets. And, of course, toys! If you need help finding a family, visit The Volunteer Family searchable database to locate an agency in your area with a “sponsor-a-family” holiday program. For those in the Twin Cities, contact the Family Partnership.
Warm coats and warm hearts are a winning combination. You and your family can organize a coat drive in your community. It’s easy. Get step-by-step guidance at One Warm Coat, an organization dedicated to ensuring that anyone who needs a coat can get one. A fun addition: Make some no-sew fleece scarves to donate along with the coats.
Winter Needs & Holiday HopeFree Bikes 4 Kidz
Resource: Gently used or new winter coats, hats, mittens
Be Santa to a Senior
Hats and Mittens
One Warm Coat: Multiple locations and coat drives held in MN
The Salvation Army Heat Share Program: Donating money to help pay heating bills
Giving Partners Holiday Program
Volunteers of America - Drivers Assist Program
Sponsor A Family
Adopt-a-Family, Simpson Housing
Community Thread-Holiday Bureau
Genesis II- Adopt-a-family for the holidays
Wilder Adult Day-Senior Services
Toys for Tots
East Metro Women‘s Council- Home For the Holidays
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