Spread Some Holiday Cheer
Share a little extra joy this season by donating to one of the many local non-profits in the Tri-state area. Here are six opportunities at the beginning of December.
Who: The Caring Closet
What: New underwear, socks or personal care items
Why: The Caring Closet is dedicated to improving the lives of children grades K-6 in the Hamilton City School District by providing clothing and basic necessities to those in need. Any donator of new underwear, socks or personal care items will receive a $10 gift card from Art On Symmes.
Where: Drop off at Art On/Off Symmes (1000 Symmes Road, Fairfield or 228 High Street, Hamilton).
Who: Faith Community Christmas Shop
What: $30 gift for a child
Why: The Christmas Shop is designed to give parents the opportunity to provide Christmas for their family, allowing them to shop among the $30-valued gifts at a greatly reduced price. Last year more than 250 families were able to purchase gifts for their children.
When: Drop off date is December 3; after the collection date, the best way to support the program is through a monetary donation.
Where: Drop off at Faith Community United Methodist Church (8230 Cox Road, West Chester).
Who: Food pantries
What: Canned goods, boxed mixes, toiletries and paper goods
Why: MidPointe Library’s Food for Fines program encourages patrons to donate non-perishable items in exchange for forgiving outstanding fines. Donated items can be used for up to $10 worth of fines per patron ($1 per item). These items benefit numerous local organizations, including Reach Out Lakota.
When: November 24-December 8
Where: Drop off at MidPointe Library (9363 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester).
Who: Reach Out Lakota
What: $25-$30 gift for a child
Why: The Reach Out Lakota Holiday Giving Program plans to provide new gifts to 800 local children in need. Thanks to our friends at RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders for partnering to support this program.
When: All gifts will be collected on December 4 from 1-7 p.m.; after the collection date, the best way to support the program is through monetary donations to cover expenses for unsponsored gifts.
Where: Drop off at Journey Church (7974 Barret Road, West Chester) or mail monetary donations to P.O. Box 362, West Chester, OH 45071.
Who: Broken Bus Ministry
What: Clothing, toiletries, shoes and other essential items
Why: Founded by a family in Liberty Township, the Broken Bus Ministry travels the streets of Greater Cincinnati weekly in a mobile service vehicle providing food, clothing, toiletries, shoes and companionship to those experiencing homelessness.
When: Items are collected year-round.
Where: Essential items purchased from Broken Bus Ministry’s Wish List on Amazon.com will be delivered directly to the ministry for distribution. Simply go to http://amzn.to/2h5ISYR.
Who: Toys for Tots
What: Toys for children (please include batteries if needed)
Why: Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. This year, Christian Brothers Automotive in West Chester is one of the drop-off locations for Toys for Tots.
When: Drop off before December 15.
Where: Drop off at Christian Brothers Automotive (8127 Highland Pointe Drive, West Chester).