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Holiday GIVE Guide: Ideas For Finding Holiday Charity Events

As you know, MELISASource.com is all about making a difference. This year, I am doing something new by introducing my 2012 Holiday GIVE Guide!

What on earth is a GIVE Guide, you ask? It is a resource of tools and information you can use to make the most out of this season of giving. Be sure to look out for new updates every week from now until the end of the year.


Here we go! 🙂


First on the GIVE Guide: Events.


Online giving events are increasing in popularity this year. Decide on a few social causes that you are most passionate about, and see if any associated organizations are hosting something special for the holidays.


Here are a few opportunities if you need suggestions: .

Africa (health & quality of life): Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

Breast Cancer: National Breast Cancer Organization

Building Young Leaders: A Perfect World

Child Literacy: Reach Out and Read

Domestic Violence: National Network to End Domestic Violence

Toys for Children: Toys for Tots  

Emergency Help and Relief: Red Cross

-Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: NCADD 


Check out these and/or other organizations on Facebook and Twitter. Some may have campaigns where a simple ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ on Facebook or a ‘Retweet’ on Twitter will raise money for a worthy cause. Also look for events such as Twitter parties, Special Google+ hangouts, and live online chats and streams.


Another great place for finding holiday charity events is on the websites of local news and radio stations. Many host special giving drives or parties during the month, and even list information for other similar events in the area.

{Click Here and Here to find the websites of major radio stations in your area.}


Let’s not forget the tried and true Salvation Army red kettle cans—online! You know about the physical kettle cans placed throughout your city, but did you know you can host your own personal one on Salvation Army’s website? Creating one is free, and once you’ve created your Kettle, you will receive a special link that you can email to your family and friends. The more people you invite to donate, the more you increase your ability to help those in need this season. There is even an option to import your address book to make spreading the word easier. Find out more about the online red kettle campaign Here.


Participating in holiday charity events is just one of the many ways you can give this season. Just a little donation of time, talents, or money can make ensure that other less fortunate have a merry Christmas.




What are some charity events that you will be participating in this year? Share with me below or tell me about it at: melisasource@yahoo.com.



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Deone Higgs

Very awesome, Makeba! 🙂 Great share! We recently attended a Toys 4 Tots event in downtown Atlanta. I was able to spread a little happiness to a needing child over the holidays, and have a little adult fun of my own. It was amazing! Thanks for sharing this gem, though. Who knows? Maybe I will get another shot at another one before the holidays roll around. 🙂

Uneeka Jay

Nothing is better than to give during the holiday season. Our family adopts a family and provides Christmas for them. We don’t have traditional Christmas in our house. We generally do a gift exchange.


This is great! I truly believe that this month leading to Christmas should be about giving to others. I am on a tight budget so I volunteer as much of my free time to others as I can. This site is such an inspiration to me, it touches my soul! ♥

Makeba Giles
Reply to  DjRelAt7

Greetings DjRelAt7! Kudos to you for volunteering during this season — I think that’s awesome! A wonderful way to Give indeed! ~Thank you so very much for your kind words and for sharing here with me! 🙂

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