Here Are 10 Places You Can Still Donate to for the Holidays
'Tis the season for giving. But if you haven't given yet to a good cause, you still have time. Here are 10 last-minute good-doer donations you can make before the new year.
1. Christmas Place
Recent wildfires have ravaged swaths of Tennessee, destroying more than 2,000 homes and displacing those families. But you can bring them a little holiday cheer by donating money to Christmas Place, a holiday shopping center that will use the funds to purchase toys that Santa will personally deliver to children sheltering away from home in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
2. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley
Humans aren't the only ones displaced from Tennessee's fires. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is making sure pets are taken care of, too, with donations accepted online. The money will go toward costs incurred to care for the animals.
3. Planned Parenthood
Yes, you can donate to Planned Parenthood any ol' time. But if you want to give to this organization, this holiday season is the time to do it. All donations made before and Dec. 31 will be doubled, up to $1 million. Donations will be split between your local Planned Parenthood affiliate — closest to wherever you live — and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
4. Abortion Care Network
It's not just Planned Parenthood that's in danger. Local abortion providers are suffering too. By donating to Abortion Care Network, your money will "support community-based abortion providers and their patients," the network says. Of course, you can always call up your closest abortion provider and ask how you can help. You may be able to volunteer in person.
5. Burlington Coat Factory
You may take your winter coat for granted, but there are some people who can't afford to keep warm in the winter. Now through Jan. 19, you can donate last season's gently-used winter coat to your nearest Burlington Coat Factory, which will in turn donate it to someone in need. Bonus: The store will give you a 10 percent off coupon for your good deed.
6. Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family Program
According to its site, "The Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family Program has received a record number of registrations this year from deserving military families who could use a little help to celebrate the holiday season." In fact, there are more than 100 families who still need a little help this season. You can adopt a family, or give to the program's Go Fund Me campaign.
7. Feeding America
If you forgot to send out holiday cards this season, this option might just be perfect for you. Donate online to Feeding America — a domestic hunger-relief organization that works with thousands of food banks, food pantries and meal programs across the country — in a friend or family member's name, and the organization will send him or her a holiday eCard as a thank you.
8. Council on American-Islamic Relations
This council works "to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding," according to its site. If that sounds awesome enough to make you want to donate to its cause, listen to this: You can specify exactly where you want your money to go within the council, so you can directly support the issues that matter most to you, like informing the public about what Islam really is.
9. Government Accountability Project
The Government Accountability Project protects whistleblowers — you know, like the people who might point out president-elect Donald Trump's lies—by litigating their cases and exposing government wrongdoing to the public. You can support its mission with an online donation.
10. National Immigration Forum
This advocacy group works "to ensure new Americans have the opportunities, skills, and status they need to reach their fullest potential," according to its site. You can make a donation to fund its efforts, which run the gamut from encouraging businesses to assist employees through the immigration process to working with law enforcement for policy solutions. Keywords: holidays donations money
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