Approximately 20% of all American children come from families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold. That means that roughly 15 million children in the United States go without basic essential needs each day. This includes food, water, shelter, electricity and running water, clothing, school supplies, and more. Many of these children only dream of receiving a Christmas gift and are left to wonder why Santa didn’t think about them. If you are able to help make a difference in one child’s life this Christmas, please do. There are a multitude of ways you can contribute, which we will outline below.
Christmas Donation Opportunities in Utah
Youth Village Sub-for-Santa
Make a gift donation or cash contribution to help fund Christmas for children in foster or temporary homes. The goal is to help these children feel like normal kids regardless of their family situations. To view the list of recommended items or find out how to contribute, click the following link.
National Federation of the Blind – Christmas Toy Drive for Primary Children’s Hospital
National Federation of the Blind is accepting toy donations and gift cards until December 10th to support children residing at Primary Children’s hospital. Check out the Facebook event for more details including volunteer opportunities to help deliver the gifts directly to the hospital.
Utah Kids Foundation – Stuff the Stocking
Accepting both cash and general gift donations, Utah Kids Foundation is hoping to help 250 Utah families receive gifts this Christmas. Many of these families don’t qualify for special Christmas assistance programs and have children with special needs. You can donate gifts directly to the organization or make a cash donation via credit card, PayPal, or Venmo.
Families Coming Together for Children Toy Drive
Bring gently used children’s items and toys to one of the specified drop off locations in Salem, Spanish Fork, or Alpine. There will also be a collection Saturday, November 23rd from 1-3 PM at the Spanish Fork Walmart. Follow the link for more details.
National and International Donation Opportunities
The Marine Toys for Tots Organization
Donate by dropping toys in one of the Toys for Tots drop boxes in your area (often located inside big box stores like Walmart), donate online, or through the mail. For more information on how you can contribute or to find a drop box near you, visit https://www.toysfortots.org
Find an Angel Tree at your local participating Macy’s, JCPenny, and Walmart locations throughout November. Select an angel card from the tree and purchase the items on the card to donate to that child.
Samaritan’s Purse International Relief – Operation Christmas Child
This charity accepts donations year round. However, Operation Christmas Child only accepts donations from November 18th – 25th. Choose the age group and gender you want to donate to, fill up a shoebox with a few useful items and a special “wow” gift, and take the shoebox to a local drop-off location. There are convenient drop-off locations in several cities throughout Utah.
Ali Forney Center – LGBTQ Youth Holiday Wish List
Ali Forney Center provides holiday gifts for youth in their housing programs as well as children on their waitlist. Check the website for donation items they are accepting or view their Amazon wish list.
As you can see, there are many wonderful organizations that strive to provide happy holidays for children in need. However, these are just a few! Don’t hesitate to reach out to local hospitals, homeless shelters, rehabs, and charities in your area to see how you can help. No matter how big or small, your donation helps!
Need assistance this Christmas? Most of the organizations listed above have applications on their websites to receive assistance. No child should have to go without basic necessities and deserves to feel loved. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
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