“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”―Maya Angelou
‘Tis the season for giving, and that doesn’t mean just the wrapped gifts under your Christmas tree.
In our community and throughout the world, the holiday season is a stressful time for many. Instead of Christmas cocktails, fancy dresses and piles of presents, the holiday season may bring fears of inadequacy as parents struggle to provide a magical experience for their children, hunger, and/or suffering from the elements when our weather turns chilly.
Throughout Reno and Northern Nevada, many local businesses are doing what they can to help out.
Here at Foundry, we’ve kicked off a holiday drive to collect non-perishable food items, toiletries (full and travel size), gently-used clothing, toys, and baby items that we will distribute to various local organizations. Help us out by dropping off donations at our office before December 18.
Additionally, here are some other ways to make a difference:
Dolan Auto Group Toys for Tots® Toy Drive
Dolan Auto Group is once again hosting its annual Toys for Tots® toy drive! Drop off unwrapped toys for children in need by December 14 at any Reno dealership location: Dolan Lexus, Dolan Toyota, Dolan Mazda-Kia, Dolan Dodge RAM Fiat and Lee Brothers.
Friends of Washoe County Child Advocacy Center
The Washoe County Child Advocate Center (WCCAC) is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals work together to investigate abuse, help children heal from abuse, and hold offenders accountable. Friends of Washoe County Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit support group that provides funding so that the WCCAC can continue helping children in our community. Every dollar counts! Make a financial donation online.
Reno Rodeo Foundation Denim Drive
Reno Rodeo Foundation’s annual Denim Drive supplies abused, neglected and abandoned children in Northern Nevada with clothing throughout the year, as well as other items of comfort, like-new books for children attending family court proceedings in Washoe County family court. Each week, young people in Nevada protective custody and foster care wear 35,000 pairs of jeans, 35,000 pairs of underwear, 35,000 shirts, and 70,000 socks. All clothing items and money collected in a particular county stay in that county. Donate clothing at these locations or make a monetary donation online.
St. Vincent’s Food Pantry
Before you sit down for a holiday meal, help the less fortunate get something to eat as well. The St. Vincent’s Food Pantry is the largest food pantry in Nevada, serving more than 15,000 people each month, offering non-perishable, canned and packaged food products to individuals and families in need at no cost. St. Vincent’s accepts gently-used or new shoes and clothing for men, women, and children; non-perishable food, baby food and formula, fresh produce and/or bakery items, pet food, paper products, toiletries, blankets, coats, bus passes and so much more! There are seven drop-off locations in Reno and Sparks.
These are just a few ways to join local businesses and organizations and help the less fortunate. Find a cause near and dear to your heart, then offer what you can, whether it be financial contributions, donations from used goods around your home, or volunteer man hours.