The holiday season is here. Mall parking lots are full and stores boast sale signs for the latest fashion trends. It’s the time of year for ugly sweater parties and CHIC cocktail dresses. It’s also the time of year for helping someone in need. Here are a few ways you can help out:
Letter to Santa Program
Hundreds of thousands of children of all ages send letters to “Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska.” Unless these letters contain a complete Alaska address, they remain in the area they were mailed. Postal “elves” go through the letters and separate those that express serious need.
A person wishing to adopt a letter can go to a Post Office, select one or more letters to take with them and sign the form. The child’s address on the envelope will have been blocked out and the letter assigned a number.
After the individual fulfills the child’s wishes with a gift, he or she returns with the letter and gift to the same Post Office and pays the postage for the package. A postal employee will match the number on the letter with the child’s address, apply a label to it and put the package in the mail stream.
USPS has a policy for “adopting” children’s letters to Santa that’s designed to protect their privacy. Individuals who would like to adopt letters are asked to do so in person, present valid photo identification and fill out a form that includes the list of letters they are adopting.
Get more information here
One Warm Coat
Donate a coat to an individual in need. Health experts report that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem. But, for the now nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.”
Get more information here.
Homeless Shelter Volunteer
The Homeless Shelter Directory provides Homeless Shelters and Homeless Service Organizations. This includes all resources necessary to help the needy. The directory was created for people who want to find and donate food and/or supplies to their local shelter.
Find a homeless shelter here.
Do you have a charity or holiday donation idea? Tell us below. Happy Holidays!