local news Giving back is a great way to teach children about sharing and others this season.
TOY DRIVES & MORE … Check out these sites for details on organizations that are always in need of a helping hand or can help you find more volunteer opportunities around town: • cinicnnati-oh.toysfortots.org • cincinnatichildrens.org/giving/gift/ items • volunteermatch.org • givebackcincinnati.org (ideal for young professionals) • dragonfly.org • cancerfreekids.org • neediestkidsofall.com • rmhcincinnati.org (Ronald McDonald House Charities, Greater Cincinnati) • akidagain.org • m25m.org (Matthew 25: Ministries)
PUT HUNGER IN CHECK WITH FREESTORE FOODBANK Help solve hunger this season during Check Out Hunger. From Nov. 14 - Jan. 3, during your trip to your neighborhood Kroger store, pull a donation amount at the register and scan it. It all adds up to put food on the table for our neighbors, children and families at risk of hunger. Learn more at freestorefoodbank.org/ checkouthunger.
CHRISTMAS TOGETHER WITH SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL Help a local family in need with Saint Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Together Program — select the size of the family you want to help and then fulfill their Christmas wish list with toys and gifts. Or, volunteer in December at the Outreach Center in the West End to help parents select gifts for their children while kids make an arts and crafts project and get a bag of candy from Santa. Call 513-421-4673 or visit svdpcincinnati.org.
RING A BELL FOR THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is an easily recognizable sign of the holidays, and it’s a volunteer activity that all ages can do. Volunteer to man a convenient kettle location for a two-hour shift or organize a group to take over the location for an entire day and put your creative talents into action — sing, dance, play an instrument, bring a pet, anything that helps make it fun! Volunteers younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more at 513-762-5600 or visit swo.salvationarmy.org. “Where Every Family Matters.”
Want to help even more? You can Double Your Dollars on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6 a.m. midnight — just call or head online to make a donation to the Freestore Foodbank. Second Helping will match donations, so your gift of $25 will help provide 150 meals to hungry children and families this holiday season. To make a donation, call 513-482-FOOD (3663) or visit freestorefoodbank.org/ doubleyourdollarsday. The Freestore Foodbank is also in need of volunteers to help families enjoy a shared meal. Volunteers can help deliver and distribute holiday boxes containing food for a memorable Thanksgiving — a perfect opportunity for older kids and teens. Available shifts vary, for more info, head to holidayoperations.freestorefoodbank. volunteerhub.com/events/index.
Cincinnati Family magazine November 2016