Wondering how you can give back this holiday season? Giving someone a gift that they’ll be forever thankful for often doesn’t take much. Sometimes just a few dollars, a few hours, a few items of clothing or a few cans of food, can make a big difference to someone less fortunate. Volunteer work is a great way to get your family involved in giving back to the community and there are many local volunteer opportunities and holiday outreach opportunities perfect for families, congregations, businesses and others looking to reach out to those in need here in Southern Utah this holiday season. We hope you will join St. George News in making this an extra-special time of year for those in need this season.
- Dixie Care & Share’s Christmas Dinner will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at the Dixie Center in St. George. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed to cook turkeys, bake pumpkin squares and to prepare and cook dressing. They are also accepting food donations.
- Toys for Tots is accepting donations of unwrapped toys at various locations throughout Southern Utah to deliver to families less fortunate this Christmas. Members of the community drop new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes positioned in local businesses. Coordinators pick up these toys and store them in a warehouse where the toys are sorted by age and gender. At Christmas, Coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies well qualified to identify the needy children in the community, distribute the toys to those less fortunate children.
- KONY Coins for Kids is accepting monetary donations. This nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the goal of providing Christmas for disadvantaged children in the Washington County area of Southern Utah. 100 percent of all funds raised are used for this purpose as there are no administrative costs or paid staff – everyone working with Coins for Kids is a volunteer. This year, this nonprofit charity has a goal of raising $125,000, and it is currently about $30,000 short of that goal. The money that is raised for this effort comes directly from the community in the form of individual donations as well as corporate donations. Coins for Kids also needs volunteers for:
Shopping, Dec. 18, from 5-10 p.m. at the Bloomington Wal-Mart. They’ll need hundreds of shoppers (young kids can help mom and dads) Just show up and you’ll get a clipboard and a family to shop for. There is no need to register to participate.
Wrapping, Dec. 19, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Dixie Center in St. George. Participants are asked to bring two rolls of wrapping paper if they are able. Scissors and tape are provided. People can also donate tape, scissors, clipboards, name tags, ribbons, and related gift-wrapping materials. There is no need to register to participate.
Gift delivery, Dec. 20, from 4-9 p.m. at the Dixie Center. Santas and Santas’ helpers are always needed. Santas need their own suit if possible; some suits are available. Additional helpers with vans or trucks are needed. To participate as a Santa, participants need to register with Hal Halford by calling 435-673-8215.
- Santa for Seniors is asking for volunteers to become a Santa for a night for a senior in the community. Before the actual event, adopt a senior Living at Beehive Homes, Dixie Home Health, Gentle Touch, Kolob Rehab, The Meadows, or Red Cliffs Rehab. Each location will then host a party at a designated time and place. Depending on who you adopt, will determine where you go at what time. Those who volunteer to adopt a Senior are committing to spend around an hour of their time and bring a simple gift. Become a Santa by picking up a name packet at one of the following locations: Swig, 25 Main, Orange Peel or the Senior Center. Secret Santa options are available for those who would like to give a gift but have limited time. All it takes is a simple gift and time to touch a heart for a lifetime.
- Southern Utah Donations for Kids is taking donations of clothing, toys and small furniture, and then finding homes for them. They need clothing for children newborn to size 16, and in some cases, dressers, beds, cribs, highchairs and other items of the like. They help needy families find items they are in need of. Donations will go to Helping Hands of Dixie and Mesquite, Moms Helping Moms of St. George, and other nonprofit organizations.
- Washington County Coats for Kids & Families has a hope of keeping everyone warm this winter. They have received coats, blankets, pillows, clothes and pajamas that they will be offering to those in need. To donate warm items, or to volunteer, visit the Facebook page linked.