Five Ways of Giving

‘Tis the season of giving! Families in our community are hurting (this year more than ever) and they need your help. This time of year is when charitable organizations across the Tri-State work to make the holidays special for families who cannot afford to do so on their own. To help, we’ve assembled a list of five charitable organizations you can donate to for the holidays.

1. Salvation Army

There are plenty of ways to help spread Christmas cheer through the Salvation Army. You can donate money, goods, stocks, gift annuities, airline miles, and vehicles to help those in need.

Donations are more important than ever this year with the Salvation Army decreasing the number of traditional red kettles used for donation collection you find on street corners and at store entrances because of COVID-19. Charitable giving to the Salvation Army goes toward homeless shelters, grocery assistance, Christmas presents for those in need, and bill-pay assistance.

2. Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights

Each year, Garvin Park is home to more than 60 light displays, sponsored by local families and companies, across a mile-long route from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

This beloved holiday tradition raises therapy funds for the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center, an organization dedicated to helping local people with disabilities. You can join in the fun and support a good cause by going to see the light display from now until New Year’s Day!

3. Toys for Tots

You can help bring joy to less fortunate children this Christmas by donating unwrapped toys to Toys for Tots.

This program headed by the Marine Reserve Corps provides toys to economically disadvantaged children for Christmas. More than 580 million toys have been distributed since the program began in 1947.

Toy collection includes a combination of locally donated toys, those purchased by the Toys for Tots Foundation, and those donated by corporations. This year, you can shop, select, and donate toys with the new virtual toy box.

4. Evansville Rescue Mission

The Evansville Rescue Mission Donation Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and accepts gently-used clothing, furniture, appliances, and household items.

All of the store’s net revenue goes directly back to financially support their daily programs and services like their youth care center and centennial center. You can also provide a hot, nourishing meal for hungry citizens for just a $2.93 donation.

5. Ronald McDonald House Charities

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. This includes offering a place to stay for families of critically ill children during crisis and uncertainty.

You can support this charity this holiday season by donating money, meals, buying items for families in need, or donating your vehicle.

Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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