As we get ready to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, we are thinking of those who will go without a hot meal or warm clothing this holiday season. We’ve rounded up five ways that you can help those in need this holiday season in Baltimore.
For the Homeless: Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy
GBLL’s Holiday Homeless Drive culminates in the Christmas Eve distribution of backpacks filled with a heavy duty hooded sweatshirt, thermal underwear, stocking cap, warm gloves, and a warm pair of socks to homeless shelters in Anne Arundel County, Washington DC, and Baltimore, as well as to people on the streets of Baltimore. You can help by sponsoring a backpack for $25, donating toiletries and new or gently used coats, volunteering at the Annapolis Farmer’s Market to assist in the collection and sorting of all items, or by helping to deliver the backpacks items on Christmas Eve.
For Critically Ill Children: Casey Cares
Casey Cares provides ongoing and uplifting programming to critically ill children and their families, like Family Festivals, Birthday Blasts, Celebration Vacations and more. This holiday season, you can help with a monetary donation, sponsor an event, or make an in-kind donation of restaurant gift cards, retail gift cards, movie gift cards, tickets to local events and more.
For Homeless Animals: Maryland SPCA’s Presents for Pets
Maryland SPCA is collecting toys all month long to fill an entire sleigh and entertain the animals in the shelter throughout the entire coming year! Donate some of the most loved toys like Kongs, Buster Cubes, toy mice (without catnip) and plush squeaky toys, or check out their Amazon wish list to have an item shipped directly to them!
For the Hungry: Maryland Food Bank
According to the Maryland Food Bank, 760,000 Marylanders may not be able to buy a holiday meal. The MFB currently distributes more than 112,000 meals per day through an extensive network of soup kitchens, pantries and schools across 21 counties and Baltimore City. You can help by making a monetary donation, volunteer your time sorting food, harvesting crops, or flash-freezing healthy meals, or by donating food from their list of most-needed items like canned meat, rice, canned vegetables and more.
For Survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse: SARC
SARC (The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center) works to end domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking, to aid its victims, and to create a society free from abuse and fear. You can help survivors of abuse this season by donating essential items for Welcome Starter Kits for new shelter families. Welcome Starter Kits include a robe, pajamas, slippers, toiletries, towel, washcloths, stuffed animals for children, and more. You can also help stock the Santa Shoppe, where SARC clients’ children can pick out a special gift for their parent, like a scented candle, scarf & gloves, picture frames, a nice wallet, slippers and more.