It’s easy to get caught up in the holidays - finding those perfect gifts, visiting freinds and family, and the cooking and traveling. Take some time this holiday season to help those less fortunate celebrate the holiday.
One group I like to support is the Shelter Network, which provides housing and support services to help homeless families and individuals to “re-establish self-sufficiency and to return to permanent homes of their own.”
Some giving opportunities at the Shelter Network include:
Adopt-a-Family or Adopt-a-Resident: purchase items from a specific wish list so someone less fortunate can have something new this holiday season.
Host a holiday party: Bring friends, coworkers or family and put on a party at one of the shelters
Hold a holiday gift drive: whether you get a list of items to pass out, or put “wishes” on a Christmas tree, this is a great way to involve a large group of people much pressure or sacrifice on your part. (We did this with my son's preschool class one year)
Attend a gift wrapping party: help wrap gifts for the residents at several sites, from Daly City to Menlo Park. These are on Monday 12/21, and start around 6 p.m. - so you can bring the whole family. Donations of gift wrap items are also appreciated.
Create a holiday dinner basket: you know the drill – buy some items for your dinner, and some items for someone else’s.
Serve holiday dinner: the Maple Street shelter for single adults needs servers for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Donation: cash always accepted, in honor or memory of someone. For more info, contact them online and click on the “holiday programs” button. Or call 650-685-5880