As the holidays draw closer, it’s easy to be overwhelmed – decorating, parties, purchasing gifts – but it’s also important to remember the reason for the season and that charity begins at home. And no matter what religion you are, all of the holidays celebrated at this time share a common thread – giving. Here are some charities that can use your support, especially in our home towns – the Dallas/Acworth neighborhood – and around Paulding and Cobb Counties.
Most people think about donating toys when they think about Toys for Tots, but there are also other opportunities to help out.
- Assist in the transportation and storage of toys;
- Assist in the local warehouse;
- Assist with meals for other volunteers at the warehouse
- and much more.
Check their website for information on volunteer opportunities, becoming a drop off location, locating a drop off location and more.
According to the DoSomething website, the top 11 items needed by food pantries are:
- Meals In A Can (i.e. Spaghetti-Os)
- Canned Tuna
- Peanut Butter
- Granola Bars
- Canned Fruits
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Soup
- Shelf Stable Milk
Here is a list of some of the Food Pantries in our area. Please contact them directly to find out how to volunteer or donate.
- Helping Hands of Paulding County 770-443-1230
- Lighthouse Food Pantry 678-363-7470
- New Beginnings Food Outreach 770-529-6353
- Faith Assembly of God 770-926-4560
Helping Those That Help Us
And during the holiday season, don’t forget those that help keep us safe and able to enjoy the season – our military. There are several ways to show your support. Please note that since all mail must be addressed to someone specific; addressing mail to “Any Service Member” is no longer permitted. But if you would like to show your support by sending a holiday package to deployed military, here are some websites that can help:
The VA Hospital in Atlanta has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Visit their website for more information.
While there are several local charities, as well as programs being offered by local religious groups, here are some charities that offer services to the local community.
An Ounce of Prevention
Unfortunately, the holiday season is also a time when others prey on your generosity setting up money scams, fake charities and more. So make sure you protect yourself.
- Research the charity.
- Never give out credit card information over the phone.
- Ask questions.
The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance offers several resources to help you navigate information about charities on their website.
If you have any suggestions for charities that we might include in an update of this post, please let us know.