Our holiday shopping lists seem to get longer and longer every year with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and beyond. In the midst of our online shopping and trips to the store, it’s important to keep in mind those who have an entirely different holiday, right here in Boulder. No matter how small, consider donating to a local, worthy cause, which is much more appreciated than any sweater or electronic on your list. Check out five great places ready for your giving heart in Boulder this holiday season:
The Family-to-Family Holiday Program
This Boulder County program serves low-income families and clients of child protection, foster care, and elderly and disabled adults. They’re asking for monetary donations so parents will receive gift cards to purchase their children gifts for Christmas. This gives them the opportunity to shop for themselves and choose the best gifts to put under the tree. For more information, visit their website or call 303-441-1430.
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children provides trained, court-appointed volunteers to act as an advocate for Boulder County neglected and abused children. Their vision is have a safe, nurturing environment where all kids can thrive. The cost to help one child for one year is $1,580. Learn how to make a donation.
Community Food Share
There are 13,000 food insecure children in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. For every dollar you donate to the Community Food Share, they’ll turn it into three nutritious meals. You can donate food by dropping it off at their donation warehouse (all donated food is tax deductible, valued at what you paid for it). You can also start your own food drive through your business, school, church, or other organization. Check out their website to learn how you can start your own drive, where and when to drop off food, and how to give money to help.
Boulder Humane Society
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley provides care and shelter for more than 7,000 animals each year. The nonprofit relies on donations and generosity. You can securely donate money online to help. You can also drop off a variety of useful donated items, including heavy blankets, stuffed squeaker toys for dogs, cat treats, dog biscuits, distilled water, towels, and much more (check out the full list here). You can also donate your travel and hotel points, your vehicle, or host your own event. Visit their website to learn how to to donate.
Boulder Shelter for the Homeless
The Boulder shelter provides safe shelter, support services, and food for homeless adults in the community. Besides the shelter, they offer supplies and transportation during the winter months. Even for those not staying overnight at the shelter, it is open in the mornings to provide hot breakfast, hot showers, and services. You can donate money to help. You can also donate much-needed items, such as towels, toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste), winter outerwear (hats, gloves, coats, socks), and food items (the most wanted items are oil, table salt, black pepper, salad greens, cases of soup, and pancake mix and syrup). Visit their website for more information.