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‘Tis the Season:  Holiday Giving, Advocating and Volunteering Ideas

As the holiday momentum picks up speed, we find more and more great ideas being generated for helping others.  Our colleagues at United Way of Anchorage have compiled a terrific guide that we want to share covering holiday giving, advocating and volunteering ideas.  These are just a few ways that you can give your time, talent and gifts during this holiday season.  Read the full guide.

Adult Clothing: Most needed items are warm winter clothes like jackets, hats, gloves, socks and boots.

Kid’s Clothing: Most needed are warm winter clothes like jackets, hats, gloves, socks and boots. Baby items such as diapers and pajamas are always in demand.

Kids Toys, Books, & Activities: New or gently used books, puzzles, games, toys, DVDs, and art supplies.

Bus Passes: Transportation is often a challenge for individuals and families struggling to get back on their feet. Bus passes can help get someone to a job interview or class

Food: Many organizations accept non-perishable food items. Please contact the specific organization about their ability to accept perishable food items such as turkeys. Also, some organizations have seasonal needs which vary.

Gift Cards for Goods, Service & Activities: Gift cards are an easy way for organizations to distribute assistance to where it will do the most good, such as a birthday gift for a teen staying at a shelter or a gas card for a family experiencing a temporary shortfall.

Household Goods & Appliances: This could be a variety of items including water bottles, alarm clocks/radios, blankets, pillows, bedding, cleaning supplies, disposable paper products, pots/pans, lamps, bicycles and cameras.

Personal Care & Basic First Aid Supplies: Most needed items are diapers, personal hygiene pads, cotton swabs, tissues, towels, washcloths, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, shaving cream, disposable razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs/brushes, sewing kits, band aids, blood pressure cuffs, vitamins, gauzes, antibiotic cream, antacids, hydrogen peroxide, and ice packs.