Bring Holiday Cheer to the Less Fortunate through Volunteering

November 24, 2014 3:49 pm81 comments
Philabundance by buildOn, Flickr

Philabundance by buildOn, Flickr

The holidays are just around the corner, which means loads of stuffing, fat turkeys, decorative wrapped gifts, and cheer. The excitement erupts in unison when family and friends reunite to spread love and warmth. However, not everyone can enjoy unforgettable moments like the ones to come due to the lack of ingredients that create such wonderful memories.

Those people lying on sidewalks and benches, weathered by their personal storms, may include someone who does not have a family nor friends, or home for that matter, to get into the holiday spirit. What better way to make the less fortunate feel the epidemic of good spirits and tenderness than spreading holiday glee through volunteering?

Students can set aside a few hours and do some meaningful volunteering like passing out meals to the homeless in local soup kitchens, packaging emergency food boxes with non-perishable food items, helping sort and package warm clothing for children, etc. If handing out meals is not an interest, working on the assembly line at places like Philabundance  or bagging onions and other fresh vegetables at the SHARE Food Program can be very helpful.

Perhaps, children make your heart soft and fuzzy. Spend a day volunteering at Cradles to Crayons, sorting clothing donations for children who are in need of warm clothes for the winter.

If manual labor doesn’t fit in the schedule this holiday season, that’s quite alright. Clothing, food, and monetary donations are always welcomed at these non-profit organizations that help the less fortunate. If you are planning on attending the Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, boys scouts of the Boy Scouts of America organization will be collecting non-perishable food items in designated shopping carts that will be set up along the parade route on Nov. 27. All donations will benefit Philabundance. Read more here.

Break away from the comfort of your own family and friends and think about how students can infect the area with the holiday spirit. Below is a list of local organizations that welcome volunteers:

Food Banks

Inter-Faith Food Cupboard
2086 Parkview Avenue
Abington, PA – 19001
215-885-2234
http://www.i-fha.org/programs/food
 
Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
1725 Fairmount Ave. Unit 102
Philadelphia, Pa.
215-430-0555
www.hungercoalition.org
 
Philabundance
3616 S Galloway St
Philadelphia, Pa.
215-339-0900
www.philabundance.org
 
Share Food Program
2901 W Hunting Park Ave
Philadelphia, Pa.
215-223-2220
www.sharefoodprogram.org
 

Clothing Organizations

Cradles to Crayons
30 Clipper Road, P.O. Box 799
W. Conshohocken, PA 19428
215-836-0958
https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/
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