Donating can be a great way to get kids of all ages involved in giving back this holiday season. Having them go through their belongings or taking them with you to shop for items to donate will give them hands on experience when it comes to helping those in need.
Share unwanted clothing items. When your children outgrow their clothes and shoes or have items that they never wear, donate them to June’s Kids Kloset. An outreach of Philomath Community Services, June’s Kids Kloset allows families in need to come by and shop one time per month for clothes and shoes. They accept new and gently used clothes, sizes from baby to high school. http://philomathcommunityservices.org/
This time of year, coats are especially important. It’s easy to take for granted something like a coat in the cold weather. You can drop off the coats your kids have outgrown at Sybaris in Albany or at Fish of Albany and they will make their way to a child in need.
Donate to other kids. Jackson Youth Shelter helps children and young adults by providing them with mentors, overnight shelter and much more. Their website has wish lists for each of their facilities. Kids can feel like they are really helping other kids by shopping for items on the wish lists and then dropping them off. http://www.jacksonstreet.org/
Community Outreach Inc can always use donations. Their wish lists are posted on their website. Supplying some of their much needed items would make a really meaningful outing with your kids. http://www.communityoutreachinc.org/
Shop for food. Food Banks always need nonperishable food and personal care items. Take your kids shopping and let them pick out items to donate. They also can help bring the items to a donation center. There are many all over the Willamette Valley including South Corvallis Food Bank, Linn Benton Food Share, Fish of Albany, and many more.
By Hannah Darling