There are so many great ways to give back this holiday season and all year long in the Palm Beaches.

We have options to volunteer for everyone – with the kids, from home, same day or making a long term commitment.


Please join us in the CHS Holiday Gift Card Drive and help brighten children’s sprits this holiday season!

Together, we can lift a small burden for parents struggling to put food on the table. Together, we can bring joy to these homes. Together, we can help these families create loving, lasting memories as they work to stay safe, strong and together.

In an abundance of caution, and for the safety of CHS families, team members, volunteers, and donors, we are only accepting monetary donations. With this approach, we can safely make sure each child with CHS receives a special holiday gift to make the season bright.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate this uncharted territory while also remaining steadfast in our services and care for families, as well as the uplifting experiences like the Annual Holiday Drive that brings so much joy to children’s (and parent’s) hearts each year.

Please consider a monetary donation to lift the spirits of our families this holiday season, if you are in the position to help sponsor one of the more than 3,000 children whose only holiday gift may come from the CHS Holiday Gift Card Drive. You can make your gift online here-https://www.chsfl.org/holiday2020/

  • $20 can buy walkie-talkies, a dolly to snuggle or binoculars to explore
  • $40 can buy Jenny’s family of four a holiday meal to enjoy together
  • $60 can buy three months of Wi-Fi for one family with data cards
  • $80 can buy diapers and formula for a new mom
  • $100 can buy a new bicycle
  • $200 can buy toys and gifts for up to 10 children this holiday season

Thank you for your continued support, especially during these challenging times. You are the reason we can brighten families’ homes during the holidays. You are the reason our kids will feel hope and happiness, despite the struggles they may have faced this year.  I would be very happy to answer any questions that you may have and can be reached at (561) 618-2544 or Julie.Robinson@chsfl.org.


Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches is a wonderful organization that delivers meals to people who are homebound.  Youngsters are welcome to join you for the 2 hour delivery route and you can take the opportunity to get to know the people on your route.


Loggerhead

  • Sea Turtle Adoptions: Options include basic, enhanced, and deluxe adoption packages. Shoppers can also consider “adopting a nest” and “name a hatchling” packages as well as purchasing a giant sea turtle adoption.  Makes a great gift!

         Cost: Free
         Date/Time: Every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Dates may be subject to change. Interested participants are encouraged to double check the website.)

         Ages: All ages

ChildNet serves the most abused, neglected and abandoned children and youth that have been removed from their homes and placed in the foster care system. They have complete oversight and work with over 1,700 children/youth in PBC to ensure their safety, permanency and well-being. During the holiday season they work closely with the community to make sure that every child in our care receive gifts for the holidays.

There will also be volunteer opportunities to help sort, organize and distribute toys/gift cards to the kids/families.

To learn more and to volunteer please call Andrea at 954-204-6198 or visit ChildNet.com


Place of Hope – Bless a family with a meal.

Meals are needed daily. You can prepare or purchase a meal to feed 8 to 10 people, and can commit to delivering a meal once a week, once a month or any day you are able to do so. They ask that you would arrange drop off to the front office (Mon to Fri 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) They will rotate the meals to the cottages.

Please click the link below to select the date and cottage you would like to bless with a meal!

MEAL SIGN UP


Adopt a Family

Adopt-A-Family is looking for Holiday Adopters to support our families during the holiday season as they work towards stability and self-sufficiency. You can provide tangible support to families who wouldn’t otherwise have the ability to afford holiday gifts in two ways:

1 – Donate money that will be used to purchase gift cards to give parents the joy of selecting holiday gifts for their children. Your donation will empower a family to select the items they need and want most.

OR

2 – Purchase gifts for each family member directly from their wish list.

For both options, we recommend a donation of $75-$100 per family member.

Sign up today by filling out the Holiday Adopter Donor Form. Email your completed donor form to mevangelista@aafpbc.orgor fax to 561-253-1370. Our receipt of your completed donor form will be confirmation of your program participation. Family profiles matched to your donation preferences will be sent to you in November.

Holiday Adopter Program Flyer Form

Questions? Please call Maria Evangelista at 561-253-1361, ext. 1070 or email mevangelista@aafpbc.org.


Backpacks.

Make blessings backpacks to pass out when you see people in need.  You can keep in your car for when an opportunity arrises or head to a place you know they will be utilized (perhaps a local park?)

We like to include a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, bottle of water, snacks, a sandwich, a note included from the kids.


Visit a fire station.

 

Have kids write thank you notes (especially if fire rescue have ever helped you) take a home meal by.  Let the kids make cards or signs that say thank you for being the helpers.

 


Visit a nursing home.

 

Call first and ask the activities department when is the best time to come by for a visit.

We like to make cards, cookies and just go chat.   100% guaranteed to make your day too!

 


Beach Cleanup.

Grab a bag or bucket, a hat, and some gardening gloves and head out.  Easy to do anytime!


2020 Host a Diaper Drive

The mission of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc. (HMHB) is to improve birth outcomes and promote healthy families by providing access to care, education and support to those facing the physical, emotional, economic and social challenges of pregnancy and infant care.

One of the eight key programs offered through HMHB is Basics4Babies, an emergency needs pantry for infants. The pantry provides diapers, formula and baby food directly to families in PBC facing financial hardship. Volunteers can get involved by hosting a diaper drive at their workplace, in their neighborhood, friend network or any community group. Students who plan and execute a diaper drive to benefit HMHB are eligible for community service hours. For more information on hosting a diaper drive please contact Mary Carhart, Director of Advancement at mcarhart@hmhbpbc.org or call (561) 665-4518.

In addition, monetary donations help ensure the pantry remains stocked and is a reliable resource for families in need, donations can be made at www.hmhbpbc.org/donate. Product donations can be directly shipped to the pantry through the Basics4Babies Amazon Wish List, http://ow.ly/N3rW50BqgAN.


2020 Help a furry friend.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue was founded on the idea that every dog deserves to live and, most importantly, to live a full and happy life. They are devoted to creating a healing community for dogs, both big and small, who have been neglected, abandoned, and mistreated. 
 
You can become a part of the mission by volunteering your time and talent to the ranch! You and the family can walk and bathe dogs, work in the puppy cabins, take photos of dogs or even help in the office if you prefer! To sign-up for volunteering please visit bdrr.org/volunteer.
 
If you cannot make it out to the ranch please consider giving a gift to the deserving dogs this holiday season from their Amazon Wishlist. 
Our on-going donation needs are professional handbags, shoes, mascara. and modest costume jewelry. We have paused our clothing donations due to the pandemic and are posting updates on our website as to when that will resume and what our needs will be at that time.
Of course, monetary donation support is always welcomed, we are unable to hold one of our 2 major fundraisers this year due to Covid-19. We do not receive any state or government funding to support the organization, we are dependent on our community for funding support.
The women we serve are among the most affected by the loss of employment due to Covid-19, most of our clients are single mothers. We are on the front line to witness the impact and devastation that the pandemic has had on the lives of women and the children in our community.
The volunteer opportunities are personal shoppers, mentors for our job readiness programs, client follow up, community relations, and fundraising events. We have group inventory opportunities on a quarterly basis. More information on volunteer opportunities can also be found on our website. We do not have any opportunities for children.

The Mall at Wellington Green is giving you the opportunity to make a child’s Christmas memorable this holiday season and donate a gift to the Giving Tree. Donate new, unwrapped gifts to the Giving Tree located outside the Ice Palace near Starbucks. The Place of Hope Giving Tree will run November 27 – December 13.


The Angel tree run by the Salvation Army at the Gardens Mall will be on the lower level of Sears Court from 11/29 – 12/24.


General kindness.

Saying hello to people as you pass by.  Smiling at others.  Holding the door.  Helping someone cross the street.  Priceless and costs nothing.


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