List: How to help others on Giving Tuesday
Posted December 1, 2020 4:30 a.m. EST
Updated December 1, 2020 4:42 a.m. EST
There are plenty of ways to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the entire holiday season. Here are some of our top picks:
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina will double all donations made in the month of December, so just $10 can help provide 100 meals.
Urban Ministries of Wake County is matching donations up to $5,000 on Giving Tuesday. A donation of just $150 can feed four families for a week, provide four nights of shelter to a woman in need and provide one patient a visit to a clinic.
The SPCA of Wake County will double all donations up to $50,000 made online through Dec. 31 to help rescue more animals.
During the pandemic, thousands of our neighbors fell behind paying for their utilities, but Raleigh customers will have to start paying again by February. To help, Raleigh is offering a Project Share program that allows other citizens to help pay off the bills of strangers.
Blood donors are always needed, but especially in colder months and during the coronavirus pandemic. Consider giving blood through The Blood Connection or the American Red Cross this month and throughout the year.
Appointments can be made online to stagger donors and maintain social distancing.
Make someone's Christmas
Coats for the Children is WRAL’s major community campaign to support families in need. We ask our viewers to donate gently used, clean coats, hats and gloves to outfit children for winter. You can text COATS to 41444 to donate.
The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program is in full swing, and more families than ever need help this year. Donations of new clothes are being accepted through Dec. 11. Angel trees can be found at Triangle Town Center or Crabtree Valley Mall or, to make it easier, just adopt an angel online.
Visit the Toys for Tots website to shop, select and donate the perfect toy -- all online. Locally-based Toys for Lil Troops is also accepting toy donations for children of low income and/or deployed troops.
Adopt an animal
North Carolina's shelters are packed with dogs, cats and even small animals who need a home for the holidays. By adopting, you clear space and cages so more stray animals can be rescued. During COVID-19, most shelters are offering visits by appointment only. Contact your county's shelter for more information.
It's okay to think small
Want to get your kids involved? Ask them to collect a pile of gently used toys they'd like to donate to a child in need this holiday season. Create holiday cards to drop off at senior living communities and police or fire stations or to mail to soldiers. This year, sending a "thank you" to our essential workers, including health care workers, teachers and retail employees, is an especially good idea.
You can also bake cookies for a neighbor or friend who might be lonely this holiday season. Whatever you decide, embrace the positive spirit of the holiday season.