December is a month of celebration gearing up for the Holidays. It can also be a month that causes stress. We tend to race around buying and over spending, thinking that is what this time of year is all about. As we begin the month of December we at The Hobbyist Life thought we'd share a few charities that could use your love and donations this Holiday Season. We aren't affiliated with any of the Charities below, we simply asked our Facebook followers who they donate to each year and comprised a list to help you find a cause you'd like to support. Remember, no donation is too small, especially this time of year when people need it most.
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps which helps distribute toys to children whose parents can't afford to but them presents at Christmas time.
To Donate to Toys for Tots: DONATE
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases. Do you know when a child visits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital they are charged $0 that is because it is a non-profit and donations are what keep this amazing hospital running.
To Donate to St. Jude Children's Research: DONATE
UNICEF The United Nations Children's Fund is a United Nations program that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing and war torn countries. UNICEF brings aid to refugees and protects children living in poor conditions all over the world.
To Donate to UNICEF: DONATE
Alex's Lemonade Stand is a pediatric cancer charity founded by Alexandra "Alex" Scott. Alex's Lemonade Stand raised money and awareness of childhood cancer causes and provides research into new treatments and cures.
To Donate to Alex's Lemonade Stand: DONATE
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization focused on building simple, decent and affordable housing and hope for people living in poverty all over the world.
To Donate to Habitat for Humanity: DONATE
YMCA Counseling Service offers hope to individuals and families whose lives have been turned upside-down by addiction. They offer services for children affected by addiction as well as for teens and adults battling or overcoming addiction.
To Donate to the YMCA Counseling Services: DONATE
March of Dimes is a non-profit organization that raises funds to help improve the health of mothers and babies. They are most noted for their works with birth defect and infant mortality rate prevention, as well as helping babies who are born prematurely.
To Donate to March of Dimes: DONATE
Humane Society is a non-profit organization that helps in the fight to end animal cruelty. They work to protect domestic animals, wildlife animals, farm animals and animals used in research and cruel testing.
To Donate to the Humane Society: DONATE
Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible.
To Donate to the Travis Roy Foundation: DONATE
SUDC The Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood Foundation provides resources, information, support and advocacy. It serves families and professionals affected by the tragedy of SUDC, and promotes awareness of SUDC in communities.
To Donate to SUDC: DONATE
Note From Meg McAlarney: I have a friend from back home in New York who lost her niece and the cause was Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. We will be posting a link to her niece's personal SUDC fundraising page.
If you are interested in donating locally check with your local churches and food banks. Churches run giving trees where you adopt a family and purchase what they need this holiday season, such as gifts for their children or simple necessities such as socks and underwear. Food banks can always use canned goods and non-perishable items during the winter months.