By: Sarah Smith
Every year there is a dramatic rise in charitable participation around the holiday season. People feel obliged to help out their fellow man in a time when it becomes apparent how much they have and how much some others don’t have. This increase is not just in charities that already exist, but also in charities that pop up solely for the holidays.
One such charity is Project Christmas Child which is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief and evangelical organization. Participants are told to fill a shoe box with hygiene products, school supplies, clothes, and small toys which will then be sent to a child in a third-world country that would otherwise not get any holiday gifts.
Another charity that works around Christmas is the Angel Tree ministry. Angel Tree allows criminals serving time in prison to connect with their children around the holidays by sending them gifts through volunteer surrogates.
There are a multitude of charities to provide holiday cheer to underprivileged families, especially their children, in the winter months such as Toys for Tots and My Two Front Teeth. Toys for Tots collects anonymous toy donations at big-name stores like Wal-Mart and Target to distribute to children over the holidays. My Two Front Teeth works to give children traditional holiday cheer such as trees and Christmas dinners.