No matter how you celebrate the holidays, it is always a good time to give to people in need. You might find that you don’t know what to give to others for the holidays. Giving a gift to a worthy cause in someone else’s name is a great present that keeps on giving. If giving a monetary donation isn’t in the cards, you can give your time or donate food, clothes, and other everyday items that people need. Here is a list we pulled together of options for charities you can donate to or volunteer your time for this year.
Give to the Food Bank. Hunger is a serious issue facing communities all over the nation, including in Delaware. The Food Bank of Delaware provides nutritious food to Delawareans in need and facilitates long-term solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty through community education and advocacy. You can get involved by volunteering your time or donating money or food. Learn more here.
Give to United Way. When you give to United Way of Delaware, you’re helping people from the city to the beach and everywhere in between. United Way of Delaware is an umbrella fundraising organization for local nonprofit groups that improve their communities through early education. United Way helps students reach the reading level for their grades, helps graduating students find a college or job, and helps families become financially stable. Learn how you help United Way of Delaware support the communities it serves here.
Give to your local hospital or health system.
Charitable gifts impact every aspect of Christiana Care Health System. Donations enable Christiana Care to make the necessary investments in people, programs, and state-of-the-art equipment to provide exceptional care to patients and their families. You can make a donation to a specific area that is close to your heart. Learn more about Christiana Care’s giving opportunities
Donations to Nemours Children’s Health System help provide children with the special care they need, foster research for better treatments and cures, and increase access to critically needed pediatric care. See how you can partner with Nemours to offer the promise of a healthier future for children here.
The Saint Francis Foundation ensures medical care is available to people in need in the Greater Wilmington community. Contributions offset the millions of dollars in health care services that Saint Francis Healthcare Hospital provides each year to uninsured and underinsured people. Donations also help to extend services beyond the hospital with outreach programs that touch every corner of the community. Learn more about the giving options available here.
Give back to America’s heroes. The Wilmington VA is a full-service medical center that provides a wide range of services to veterans throughout the area. The center provides access to timely, high-quality health care for veterans. You can volunteer your time or make cash and non-cash donations to help veterans in your community. Learn the ways you can give here.
Give to local centers for people in need.
Sunday Breakfast Mission serves individuals and families who are homeless, addicted and impoverished through programs to meet their spiritual, social and physical needs. In 2017, Sunday Breakfast Mission provided 294,650 nutritious meals and 70,528 nights of safe shelter. Through a monetary donation, you can feed hungry people and provide warm shelter and life-changing programs to people who need them. Learn more about this nonprofit and the ways you can give here.
Saint Patrick’s Center has served Wilmington as a sanctuary for people in need since 1971. The center has a variety of programs and services, including the senior nutrition program, a supplemental food program for seniors, an emergency grocery program, transportation for seniors and people with disabilities, homeless respite services, a clothing bank, educational activities, pharmacy services, and social worker services. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available at St. Patrick’s, go here.
Give to the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides a temporary residence for families of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at area hospitals. In addition to providing a place to stay, the Ronald McDonald House offers a nurturing and supportive environment where families can be together and find comfort in their time of need. There are many ways you can help the Ronald McDonald House, and every gift is tax-deductible. See how you can help here.
Donate blood. Nine out of 10 people will need blood or a blood product at some point in their lives, and one out of every 10 hospital patients requires a transfusion. You can help by giving blood at the Blood Bank of Delmarva centers in Newark. Learn more here.