Giving to others is one of the most common themes of the holiday season. This is the time where people stand in lines wrapped around buildings just to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. The time of giving is a wonderful time to come together as Houstonians through love and cherishes. One of the best ways to give this holiday season is to volunteer at local shelters, churches, food banks, etc. This compiled list will guide you through some volunteering options in the Houston area.
Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank provides food to 800,000 people in need. Volunteer days are open from Monday to Friday and you’ll be able to help stock food, sort through food or prepare food packages for families.
For their holiday opportunities, keep an eye out from Dec 3-8 for red barrels at your local grocery stores. You can donate food in the red barrel for ABC13s Share Your Holiday Food Drive and watch live coverage of the event from Dec 7-8 on ABC13.
You can also volunteer to work the Holiday phone banks from Dec 3-8. By doing this opportunity, volunteers get to register clients for holiday food boxes from the Houston Food Bank. This will help provide food for plenty of families for the holidays.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels provides Thanksgiving dinners for families who don’t have the money to share the holiday with their family. You can volunteer with Meals On Wheels on Thanksgiving day and spend the day providing meals to families all over Houston. At the distribution site there will be opportunities for volunteers to make holiday cards for the seniors that will also be visited.
The Holiday Project
In the Houston area, The Holiday Project brings volunteers from all around during the holiday season. Their main goals is to provide visits to nursing homes, hospitals or other residential institutions. On their website there are endless amounts of different volunteer opportunities ranging from performing at nursing homes or just getting a chance to get to know the seniors.
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots covers all 50 states and its purpose is to collect and distribute millions of toys to families in need just in time for Christmas. If you go onto their website toysfortots.org, you’ll be able to find a location near you where you can drop off any old toys in good condition or if you’re feeling very immersed in the holiday spirit then consider going out and buying new toys to put a smile on a child’s face near you! There are several Houston locations, so just plug in your address and find the one closest to you!