‘Tis the season for giving to those in need, whether it be your time or your money.
If you want to make sure your donations stay local for Detroit-area residents, these Michigan charities would gladly accept your support.
Michigan Charities for Giving
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeastern Michigan
As a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children, your donation means a comfortable bed, home-cooked meal and peace of mind. Or, check their website for a list of currently needed items (toys, toiletries, supplies, etc.).
Covenant House Michigan
Supporting homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24, Covenant House accepts donations to help provide shelter and guidance for those on their way to adulthood.
With holiday feasts on the horizon, it’s a great time to support those who go hungry. Forgotten Harvest “rescues” surplus food from grocery stores, restaurants and wholesalers in metro Detroit, helping to fight hunger and prevent waste — and takes both monetary and volunteer contributions.
The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division
The Salvation Army makes it easy for you to sign up online for a shift as a bell ringer. Just search for a business in your city and select from a range of dates, then do your part to help provide food and clothing to neighbors in need.
Though their work carries on throughout the year, the Goodfellows are particularly in need this time of year, ensuring all children have a nice holiday. There are several volunteer opportunities available, or you can opt to donate money.
Capuchin Soup Kitchen Detroit
This religious community of friars fights hunger and provides for basic needs, accepting donations of money, time or supplies. Or you can order holiday greeting cards through the organization to lend support while spreading seasonal cheer.
St. Vincent de Paul Detroit
Before you open holiday gifts this year, make sure room in your house by donating your unwanted clothing and household items (or cash, of course) to this Catholic service organization that helps those in need.
Gleaners Community Food Bank
Your time is as valuable as your money, so if you can’t afford to support charity financially this season, consider volunteer opportunities for you and your family. Gleaners offers opportunities for kids to learn about hunger and nutrition by helping their peers.
Chances are some of your holiday shopping this season will be done on Amazon.com. Entering the shopping portal through smile.amazon.com instead allows you to select a charity to donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible purchase to a charity of your choice. It doesn’t get much easier than that.