This season helps us to appreciate all we have but it also reminds us of others who have so little. While each of us would love to give our time and effort to help those struggling, sometimes our busy schedules make it nearly impossible to set aside any to spare, even if it’s just to drop off a toy or donation. If this sounds like you, donating online is a great way to help children in need, even with a hectic schedule.
Here, we’ve put together a list of organizations taking online donations to benefit children this season.
Toys for Tots
You’ve probably seen them outside Toys ‘R’ Us or department stores, the US Marines in full uniform giving their time to accept toys from generous people that will later be distributed to children. Knowing that not everyone has the time to buy and give a toy, Toys for Tots has a simple way to give online. You can also donate in memorial of someone or by mail by visiting their site.
United Nations Children’s Fund
While donating online to UNICEF doesn’t give children toys, it does give them things like food, drinking water, and protection programs. 90% of all donations to the UNICEF United States Fund go directly to helping children. You can give any amount you like on their site, where you can also read their stories and learn more about their mission.
Outside of grocery stores around the country right now you’ll find the iconic red kettles of the Salvation Army manned by volunteers accepting any amount of donations that will help to provide dinners, food, and toys to families this season. You can donate to the same fund online which will help the Salvation Army in your area.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
If you haven’t completed all your gift shopping, here’s one way to check off your list while also helping children. The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has an online gift shop, with all sorts of items from clothing to ornaments to mugs, where 100% of the proceeds go back to St. Jude’s for their research in childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps to fulfill the dreams of children with life-threatening conditions. On their site, you can read some of these children’s wishes; imagine being able to help make these wishes come true. You can, by donating online, where you can also choose where your donation will be applied – locally, nationally, or outside the US.