by RORY BRADLEY '22
As Hanukkah ends and Christmas begins, so does the season of giving. Receiving the perfect piece of jewelry or pricey concert tickets you've been scouting out for months is great, but the gift to receive is that of being able to give back. Whether it's taking a little time out of our busy schedules to volunteer, or donating clothes you don't wear anymore, helping out the less fortunate this holiday season can put a smile on many faces. Here are a few great opportunities to get involved this holiday season!
Give Like A Mother (GLAM) Clothing Drive
GLAM is a nonprofit organization aiding families by donating gently used clothing. Amy Vann founded GLAM in 2017, and in just three years their organization has been able to donate over 3,000 clothing packages to children and families in need of clothing.
GLAM takes all types of gently used, washed clothing, but right now they are looking for winter time essentials like winter jackets, socks, and warm undergarments. They also accept cash donations, and every penny counts! But if you are not able to donate anything tangible, your time is just as important. They have volunteer opportunities all year round and many jobs to fill like sorting, laundry, mending, and even driving to drop off donations.
Location: 299 Haskell Lane, Building C, Batavia, Ohio 45103, United States
Hope's Closet’s mission is to help families by providing family and child services, clothing, prayer groups and even foster care. With their boutique, they offer full outfits twice a season for children under the age of 14 in the foster care system.
Whether it be donating your time or money to Hope’s Closet, anything helps. They accept volunteers to sort clothing in their boutique both at the beginning and end of every month. You can find their signups under the volunteer tab on their website. They also accept cash or Paypal/Venmo donations. Each donation you make gives a child in foster care more new clothes, the opportunity to go to camps in the summer, or therapy sessions with other children.
Location: 9850 Princeton Glendale Road, Suite C, West Chester, OH 45246
Talbert House’s mission is to support children and their families to live safe, healthy, and productive lives. They provide a wide range of family services including guidance in addiction recovery, community care, court and corrections, housing, and mental health. They also have an active hotline number for families to reach out for help.
The Talbert House would love your help, whether it be organizing your own donation drive or donating personal care items. This holiday season they are accepting personal care, housing, and clothing items, or you can shop families' Amazon wish lists for Christmas. All items donated must be unwrapped and new.
Location: 2600 Victory Parkway | Cincinnati, OH 45206
These are just a few of many places holding donation drives for the holidays! These locations along with the well known Matthew 25 Ministries are always looking for volunteers to help out at their facilities. Just know that your help can create a large impact on anyone, not just in the greater Cincinnati area! Have a safe and happy holiday season from our big bulldog family!