It’s that time where you’re feeling all good and giving – but might be overwhelmed by what to do, where to go, whether to give money, food, your time, or all of the above.
There are thousands of charities and non-profits that could use any part of your giving self – and we narrowed down some of the greatest ¬†- some you’ve heard of – some you haven’t.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be money – and not all of your weekends from here to 2014. See what you can do to help and feel good about giving! Happy Holidays!
Operation Gratitude is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that sends care packages to deployed military, wounded warriors and their care givers, military children and their families, veterans and first responders. Their mission is to lift morale and express appreciation and support of the American people. Operation Gratitude has sent 876,805 care packages to U.S. troops to date! They are constantly looking for more volunteers to donate time, resources, and items for their cause. See what you can do to help!
Thanks For Our Freedom is an organization dedicated to supporting our troops and their families through the hardships that come with both deployments and military life in general with a strong focus on supporting the families of our service members. The non-profit ensures troops that they are NEVER forgotten; they are appreciated, respected and supported for all that they do in the name of our country and freedom. Thanks For Our Freedom volunteers write letters to heros and adopt military families during deployment to ease the pain of distance. What would you like to do to help?
Founded 43 years ago, the National Military Family Association is the leading non-profit organization focusing on issues important to military families. We believe that all military families deserve comprehensive child care, accessible health care, spouse employment options, great schools, caring communities, a secure retirement, and support for widows and widowers. NMFA always needs volunteers on the ground, and donations.
Dear to our hearts, Snowball Express honor the families of fallen military service members since 9/11. The organization humbly¬†serves the families left behind from the widows and widowers, children, and parents of the deceased. The organization hosts a yearly retreat for the family members in the Winter to build the community and remind them that they too will always be remembered.
Are pets close to your heart? Do you like to doggie sit? Dogs on Deployment helps service members ¬†by finding volunteer boarders willing to care for military pets, and promote pet-owner responsibility by providing financial resources for military members to give care for their pets during times of need! Nobody should have to leave their pet behind. Ever.
Nowzad is a charity set up to relieve the suffering of animals in war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. The charity predominantly rescues dogs, cats, and donkeys, by getting them to the Nowzad shelter and adopting them out to worthy families within their host nations or to American families where animal and servicemember met on deployment. They raise funds to¬†cover medical supplies, feeding and cleaning of animals, building more kennels, and sending animals to their forever homes locally and in the U.S. and U.K. To learn more about this amazing charity, you can buy “One Dog at a Time” or “No Place Like Home.” These books make great gifts and are truly inspirational – all the money made from the sale of these books goes back into Nowzad.
Click here to buy “One Dog at a Time” by Pen Farthing – Creator of Nowzad Charity
Click here to buy “No Place Like Home” by Pen Farthing – Creator of Nowzad Charity
“Hundreds of thousands of military families feel the effects of war:¬† Post-Traumatic Stress; Traumatic Brain Injury; bodily injuries and death; and financial and emotional struggles.”¬†Operation Homefront’s mission is to assist American military service members and their families with financial needs developed as a result of their military service.¬†Much like the military, we have a ‚Äúno man left behind‚Äù attitude to help every possible family and wounded warrior who sacrifices so much for the freedoms we enjoy. When we can‚Äôt fill a need, we help families access other organizations that can help, then we take on the role of advocate to make sure they receive the assistance they need.
Toys for Tots is a long standing beloved charity – and this year they are campaigning especially hard to “bring the joy of Christmas and the hope of a better future”¬†to the children in¬†areas directly affected by¬†damaging winds, heavy rainfall and flooding recently caused by Hurricane Sandy. You can donate locally, volunteer your time, or choose to donate to the Hurricane Sandy drive. See what other ways there are for you to help!
The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Education Fund helps eligible Navy and Marine Corps families pursue their academic goals by contributing to our scholarship and educational financing fund. Best of all, the program creates funds to give any qualifying overseas military spouse tuition assistance loans at 0%.
The NMCRS CCA-VN Program was established in 2006 ¬†to care for combat injured Marines, Sailors and their support families affected by the recent wars. Nurses¬†make home visits and assessments anywhere in the U.S. and also offer emotional support to entire families as they learn to deal with life-changing events.