I'm sure you see these guys everywhere: Walmart, Target, the mall. Next time you see one, drop some extra change or an extra dollar into the bucket. It will make you feel like you are helping someone and it's amazing what a few extra cents can add up to for a family in need. The Salvation Army collects money to provide food, clothing, and toys for families in need. To read more about the Salvation Army Christmas, click here.
This is my favorite way to give back during the holidays. For some reason, I have always loved to go to the angel tree in the local mall and buy a present for a kid I don't know while I'm shopping for the rest of my friends and family. There are so many charities that do angel trees each year so check out the one closest to you. I guarantee you will find it fulfilling to buy a gift for a child you have never met.
I go to the Starbucks by my office every week and I've been noticing the donation box in the corner at our shop. I looked up Starbucks Christmas drives online and found out that Starbucks likes to pair up with local charities each year to help. As you start your shopping day with coffee, check to see if your Starbucks is doing a gift drive.
The Marine Toys for Tots program focuses specifically on children and works to provide disadvantaged children with hope (through tangible) during the holiday season. It also provides assistance through education, local charity support, and donation delivery. To find a local Toys for Tots program near you, visit the organization's website.