7 Ways You Can Give Back to the Community This Holiday Season

After spending this tumultuous year watching the COVID-19 pandemic play out on a global scale, it may feel difficult to keep the holiday spirit alive. Traditions may look a little different this year, but one thing remains the same — the holidays are a time for giving.

We can come together while continuing to stay apart, and that begins with giving back to those who need it the most.

Here’s our list of organizations in our community you can give back to during this holiday season:

1. CITY RESCUE MISSION

City Rescue Mission (CRM) serves the needy and those experiencing homelessness by providing warm meals, beds, a workforce development program, and more.

Help them spread hope and joy this holiday season. CRM is now collecting Shoeboxes of Love for our neighbors in need. Simply fill a shoebox or like-sized box this list, wrap it in a blanket, and drop it off at their McDuff Campus: 426 McDuff Ave. S, Jacksonville, FL 32254

Follow City Rescue Mission on Facebook

2. JASMYN

JASMYN supports and empowers the LGBTQ young people by creating safe space, providing health and wholeness services and offering youth development opportunities, while bringing people and resources together to promote equality and human rights.

JASMYN is participating in the global #GivingTuesday celebration on December 1st. Stand with JASMYN this holiday season and support the LGBTQ youth by donating here!

Follow JASMYN on Facebook.

3. MICAH’S PLACE

Micah’s Place is the certified domestic violence center that serves survivors of domestic violence in Nassau County. They provide a variety of services at no cost to victims of domestic violence, including outreach, shelter and other supportive services.

This season, Micah’s Place is spreading holiday cheer through their Holiday Gift Card drive. Unlike toy drives, this Gift Card Drive gives parents who were victims of domestic violence hope and empowerment by allowing them to personally buy their child the perfect gift.

Get involved by donating gift cards for stores like Walmart, Winn Dixie, Publix or Target and dropping it off at any of Micah’s Place Purple Dove Centers.

Follow Micah’s Place on Facebook.

4. JEWISH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

For over 100 years, Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) has remained true to its mission to strengthen the entire community by providing family and individual social services in the Jewish tradition of “helping people help themselves.”

Warm the heart of a child or senior this holiday season by shopping and dropping off a gift at JFCS, or making a donation.

Follow JFCS on Facebook.

5. SALVATION ARMY

The Salvation Army exists to meet every human need and provides a wide range of services, including supportive services for those experiencing homelessness, disaster relief, holiday assistance, and more.

As part of the Angel Tree Partnership, Walmart and Salvation Army are joining forces to provide new clothing and toys to nearly 5,000 children. You can bring joy to one of these children this year by providing a generous gift.

If you are unable to shop for clothing or toys, you can support Salvation Army’s mission to #RescueChristmas for thousands of families this year facing poverty, hunger, and job loss by becoming a fundraiser or making a general donation!

Follow Salvation Army on Facebook.

6. SULZBACHER

You can give back this season AND get a head start on holiday shopping by purchasing Sulzbacher Sweets by Sweet Pete’s.

Sulzbacher provides Housing, Healthcare, and most importantly, Hope to men, women, and families with children who are homeless or at risk.

Sweet Pete’s is a celebrated candy maker that cares about the community. Together they have created Sulzbacher Sweets by Sweet Pete’s.  These sweet treats are available for purchase and a significant portion of the proceeds go directly to help people Sulzbacher serves so they can become independent, self-sufficient, and in permanent housing of their own.

Follow Sulzbacher on Facebook.

7. YOUTH CRISIS CENTER

The Youth Crisis Center builds a healthier community by empowering young people and families to rise above adversity through short-term crisis care, mental health counseling, skills-based group training, and transitional living services.

You can give back this season by contributing a gift for a child in need through the Youth Crisis Center’s 2020 Holiday Gift Drive.

Follow Youth Crisis Center on Facebook.

 

Author: Lindsay McVay, Changing Homelessness, Inc.

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