2020 has been a chaotic and stressful year. Coping with a global pandemic and its ramifications of quarantines, lockdowns, and isolation has been trying for everyone. More hardship will be added with the holidays quickly approaching, as economic woes have afflicted many people. Fortunately, there are charitable organizations that are able to help provide comfort and joy during the holidays. Families that are worried about providing holiday presents have a variety of sources to lean on in these troubled times. Organizations that are collecting gifts for families in need during the holidays include the following:

Christmas Spirit Foundation
This group provides free farm-grown Christmas trees to U.S. military families so that they might have a merry and bright tree to decorate and enjoy during the season.

Project Linus
This organization collects new handmade blankets for children in need and distributes them on a monthly basis. A bit of warmth and security will really brighten up a child’s holiday.

Meals on Wheels
Many seniors in our communities are economically disadvantaged, house-bound, and lonely. Meals on Wheels addresses many needs and delivers ready-made meals to seniors, as well as providing companionship when the meals are delivered. 

The Wish Project
Homeless families need help, and The Wish Project aims to provide for their needs by helping them to get established in homes, as well as helping to fill those homes with necessary supplies such as furniture, cleaning supplies, cooking utensils, and so on. Getting a family home for the holidays is a truly magnificent goal.

Better World Books
Almost everyone has excess books in their home. Better World Books accepts those books for donation and then either redistributes them where they are needed or sells them to raise funds for their charity. They are focused on providing funds to non-profit literacy services that focus on education, such as teaching kids and building libraries.

Toys for Tots
One of the most well-known charitable organizations, Toys for Tots collects new, donated toys to distribute to children in need at Christmas. Donors can give monetary gifts, or they can purchase toys and take them to a drop-off location. Giving a toy is a special way to let all kids know that they are important and valued at Christmastime.