We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity. We’ve hoped to make it easy for you to give this holiday season to your local Huntsville and Madison County communities by listing our favorites below.
Did we miss YOUR favorite? Leave us a comment with all the details on how you like to give!
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
― Charles Dickens
Christmas Charities Year Round
Christmas Charities Year Round (CCYR) is a non-profit, charitable organization that has served Madison County, AL since 1949, providing basic necessities year round, plus toys and food during the Christmas season, at no cost to clients.
FOCAL Foster Children’s Alliance
FOCAL assists foster children and families with resources to provide the many needs of children that cannot be obtained other ways. FOCAL receives no United Way assistance, no budget from the city, county or state. Every dollar spent on foster children is raised privately and all the money raised is spent on the children. NOTE: Their greatest need at the holidays is for the sponsorship of teens.
Holiday Wishes Program
The United Way of Madison County and Alabama Media Group are once again partnering for the Holiday Wishes Program. Now in its 16th year, the program has a goal of assisting more Madison County residents this year than ever before. You can help by “adopting” a wish and bringing items to the United Way office at 701 Andrew Jackson Way in Huntsville. The United Way asks that only new items be donated.
Contact: (256) 536-0745
Huntsville Assistance Program
The Huntsville Assistance Program is a group of Christian congregations who desire to provide a ministry of assistance and referrals to needy individuals and families of Madison County, Alabama. This ministry focuses on the non-homeless and strives to achieve its mission by the pooling of volunteers, information, and financial resources of its members.
Kids to Love
Each year Kids to Love provides Christmas presents to foster children who might otherwise not receive anything. You can help in a variety of ways including sponsoring a wish list, adopting an ornament, donating individual items, donating money, and/or volunteering at one of their gift wrapping stations.
Lincoln Village Ministries
Lincoln Village Ministry’s focus is to give the gift of hope. There are numerous ways you can support the work in Lincoln Village. Visit their website for a list of opportunities or email their coordinator to discuss other options and or resources you might be able to offer.
Contact: (256) 701-4303 or email@example.com
New Hope Children’s Clinic
New Hope Children’s Clinic is a school based health clinic created to increase the access to medical care for the underserved student population of South Eastern Madison County. The New Hope Children’s Clinic will break barriers, change lives, and give hope to children through local, low cost healthcare. Information about making tax-deductible donations or volunteering can be found on their website.
Contact: Debra Rowles, 256-723-4673
Manna House is a 501(c)3 Public Charity that provides food assistance to those in need. They are supported by contributions from individuals, churches, civic groups, and businesses. While some food is donated and locally grown, most is purchased for our their programs. You can help serve meals & distribute clothes, toiletries, and other much-needed items three days a week. They always need baby items: diapers, wipes, pull-ups, baby food, and baby clothes. Find out how to volunteer with your family at Manna House here.
Contact: Fran Fluhler, Director; firstname.lastname@example.org; 256-653-7883 or 256-503-4848
Salvation Army Angel Tree
The Salvation Army begins to schedule holiday volunteers in September. People who enjoy helping others to have a bright holiday season like that experienced by their families should consider becoming a Salvation Army holiday volunteer. Families can adopt angels from the Angel Tree from November 8-December 10, 2013 in person or online. NOTE: One of the best opportunities to volunteer as a family is at the Angel Tree booths located at both Parkway Place and Madison Square Malls. Find out how to volunteer with your family at the Salvation Army here.
Contact: Lydia Pennington, Volunteer Coordinator, 256.536.5576 x 14
Toys for Tots
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. All Publix and Walgreens stores along with Toys ‘ R Us serve as drop-off locations in Huntsville/Madison. More locations can be found on the website. NOTE: Each year there is a special need for toys for children ges 0-3 and 12-13 year olds.