Samaritan’s Purse

Operation Christmas Child: Volunteers fill shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and more and drop them off at collection centers. The boxes are then sent to children around the world.

For more information about the program, click here.

Salvation Army

Angel Tree program: Each angel on Salvation Army Angel Trees represents a child. Sponsors are given a child’s clothing size and Christmas wish list and then drop off the gifts they purchase at the Salvation Army Christmas Center or a community drop-off location.• Toy drives: Every child registered through the Angel Tree program is guaranteed to receive gifts, but the amount of children registered outnumbers the amount of children sponsored. Toy drives help provide gifts for the children who aren’t sponsored.

Silver Bells program: Clothing, shoes, toiletries and other items are provided for senior citizens. The Salvation Army provides sponsors with seniors’ Christmas wish lists and other information.• Fill-A-Stocking: Stuffed stockings are given to children registered for the Angel Tree program.

For more information on any of these Salvation Army programs, click here.

United Family Services

Jingle Bell Ball: The Dec. 10 event raises money for United Family Services’ Shelter for Battered Women through sponsorships, ticket sales, donations and a silent auction.

For more information on the Jingle Bell Ball, click here.

Charlotte Rescue Mission

Holiday meals: On Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Charlotte Rescue Mission serves warm meals to the homeless. To help, sign up as a server, make a monetary donation or drop off a homemade dessert.

For more information on holiday meals, click here.

A Child’s Place

Holiday sponsorships: Ages, sizes and wish lists for members of a family are given to sponsors, with the request that every member of the family receive an article of clothing and at least one item from his or her wish list. A holiday meal gift card to a local grocery store is also requested.

For more information on holiday sponsorships, click here.

Habitat For Humanity

Buy A Tree, Build A House: The Habitat ReStore sells fresh-cut, North Carolina grown Fraser Firs and uses the proceeds to fund the construction of local homes for families in need.

For more information on the Christmas tree program, click here.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Toys for Tots Drive: CMPD’s annual Toys for Tots campaign accepts unwrapped, nonviolent toys for underprivileged children. People can drop off donations through Dec. 15 at any fire station in Charlotte.

For more information on the Toys for Tots campaign, click here.

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