If you haven’t heard your first Christmas song of the year yet, chances are you will soon. After all, those cold winter months are fast approaching and the gloves and scarves are coming out. Everyone’s thoughts are turning to the celebrations and gift-giving that often takes up so much of this season.
Unfortunately, for many the holiday merriment feels more like a daunting task shrouded with the questions of how they will keep their kids warm, what they will eat, and even if they will be able to provide a celebration this year.
Those insecurities can be more than disheartening to those that experience them, they can be downright frightening.
In Fort Wayne, Indiana we are blessed with a tight-knit community that supports and lifts each other up in the hard times and the good. It’s part of what makes this place feel so much like home.
If you are looking for ways to give back this holiday season, here are five opportunities in Fort Wayne that can help you make an impact.
If you are interested in volunteering make sure to click the links and reach out to the organizations to get more information on what their individual needs are.
Coats for Kids
Entering its 17th season, this program has donated over 55,000 winter coats to kids and adults in need. With a goal of 5,000 coats in 2017 the coats are distributed by the Fort Wayne Firefighters and the YMCA.
Visit the Coats for Kids site to learn more about donation drop points, size need, and more.
Meals on Wheels
Delivering hot, healthy meals to those who are unable to leave their homes, the Fort Wayne branch of Meals on Wheels is looking for extra drivers for the holiday season.
Visit the Meals of Wheels site to learn more about how you can help, and what the qualifications are to be a driver.
Community Harvest Food Bank
At no time during the year is there a greater need for food assistance than during the holidays. Whether you are donating your time to help distribute food, or donating food to help stock the shelves – your contribution is appreciated!
Adopt a Family
Many families struggle to make ends meet on a month to month basis, making this time of year especially hard. One of the many organizations in Fort Wayne that works with families and sponsors to provide Christmas for deserving individuals is The Salvation Army.
Visit their site to read about the families who are looking for support to help make their holiday season that much brighter.
The iconic figure of the holiday season, The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bell at kettle collection spots in the area. The money collected goes to help families and services throughout the years, giving back to the community that we all call home.
To learn more about what is required to volunteer, or other ways to help, visit their site.
You can help make an impact this holiday season!
From everyone here at The Salon Professional Academy, Fort Wayne we hope you have a wonderful holiday season, full of all the magic, merriment and festivities that make this season a favorite to so many.