How To Help Columbus Families In Need This Holiday Season

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned in 2020 it’s this: Everyone needs help sometimes.

This year has been a real stinker for just about everybody. We’re all in the same boat, but the reality is that we aren’t all equipped with the same tools to weather the storm. While some of us were able to keep our jobs and work from home, others were grappling with the stress of unexpected unemployment.

Whichever camp you fall into, this list is going to be helpful. If you’re in need of an extra helping hand this holiday season, you can find great resources below. If you’re looking to spread a little holiday cheer, you can click those same links to donate money, items, or your time to a great cause.

Let’s take care of each other this holiday season, my friends.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has three different ways you can help families in need this year. If you’d like to support Christmas dinner, you can donate $50 through their Red Box program, which will provide a family with all of the fixings for Christmas breakfast, a traditional turkey dinner, and a game to play after dinner. The Angel Tree program encourages companies and organizations to host Angel Tree Toy Drives. These toy drives can be done virtually through Walmart and Amazon. Finally, you can donate money to the traditional red kettles. Virtual donation options are available.

Volunteers of America

Homeless veterans, families, and individuals need our help this holiday season. Families are struggling more than ever and helping provide basic necessities can mean the difference. Through Volunteers of America, you can purchase specific gifts, like household items, clothing, and other presents.

Marine Toys for Tots

Marine Toys for Tots collects gifts for thousands of Central Ohio children each year. This year, you can donate toys or money, but all financial donations will be online only. If you’d like to donate physical toys, you can check out their list of drop-off sites around Columbus here.

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is an organization that helps families acquire furniture for their homes, like couches, beds, and dining room tables. This year they have a goal of having 1,000 families adopted, and they’re a little over half the way there. Families receive between 5 and 20 pieces of furniture, depending on the size of your donation.

Franklin County Children’s Services

The Holiday Wish program allows for youth under the care of Franklin County Children Services to request a special toy or gift. Each year, over 6,500 children benefit from this program, some of who may have experienced abuse, neglect, or other difficult home conditions. Due to COVID-19, Holiday Wish will only be accepting monetary donations this year.

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