We know families are looking for alternative and safe ways to give back this holiday season. Below you will find some amazing organizations and non-profits. Keep checking back as we will be adding to this list!
Wish Lists and Angel Trees
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s mission is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. DCAC coordinates the investigation and prosecution of the most severe cases of child abuse in Dallas County. Last year, DCAC served over 7,300 children (and their non-offending family members) who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime. Shop their Amazon Wishlist here or host a toy drive.
To provide safety, shelter and support for women who have experienced domestic violence, and to raise awareness regarding its cause, prevalence and impact. You can adopt a family or pick out an angel tree here.
Update: Angel tree deadline has passed but you can still make a donation.
The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas serves families that have a seriously ill or injured child. You can purchase Christmas gifts for the children and supplies for the families on Amazon.
THE MAGDALEN HOUSE MISSION STATEMENT: To help women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles. THE MAGDALEN HOUSE VISION STATEMENT: To create and build a thriving community for recovered women and their families – one woman at a time. We serve women primarily in the North Texas area, but will accept referrals from anywhere in the United States.
You can purchase items off their wishlist on Amazon. Provid
Our Friends Place is dedicated to helping young women break generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty, and homelessness through empowering self-reliance and independence. Shop their Amazon Wish List here.
Brother Bill’s is a Christian ministry in West Dallas that provides food, clothing and spiritual encouragement to those neighbors in need. They have a grocery store and community health clinic and a job training center. Click here to volunteer.
Volunteer and Drop Off Opportunities
Your family can deliver meals to seniors who are in need in Dallas County.
Make activity kits for children and teens and scheduled a drop off. There are also opportunities for donating pajamas, food and more. Check your local hospital for needs!
Pack stocking for our veterans!
Families can volunteer to serve meals at this Dallas recovery center. Children 10+ are welcome to serve with their families.
The SoupMobile is different from traditional soup kitchens in that they take the food to areas where the homeless congregate. They are on the front lines of the war against hunger in Dallas, Texas. Taking a literal cue from Jesus’ command to “Feed My Sheep” this Christian organization also seeks to feed souls as well.
Dallas families: this holiday season fill a shoebox with necessities to be delivered by the SoupMobile. Details here.
Helping families in crisis, Interfaith Family Services anticipates to serve roughly 65 homeless and at-risk families in their annual Christmas Store this year. They need volunteers for the event (must be 18 or older and complete a background check). Please complete an application and select “2020 Christmas Store” as the assignment. For more information, or to schedule a returning volunteer group, please contact Jessica Rood, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 469-828-1833.
A non-profit hunger relief organization, the NTFB services over 200 food partners through a combination of donated and purchased foods. They have in person service opportunities (ages 13+) to help in their distribution centers and mobile pantries. They also have many virtual volunteer opportunities.
An urban farm that helps reinvigorate surrounding communities. They have socially distanced outside service opportunity in Dallas. “Swing down to Bonton for a morning of farm restoration and to-dos like goat milking, plant harvesting, and chicken cooping.” It’s family-friendly (ages 10 and up). Monday – Friday 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. Email email@example.com to set up.
Mercy Street is hosting a Christmas Co-Op for the community, giving parents who live in Dallas Housing Authority apartments an opportunity to provide gifts for their children at a discount price. Volunteers are needed from 9am-3pm on Saturday, December 19 for shop help, setup/teardown, and prayer outreach, and will sign up for a 1.5 hour block of time. Sign up for opportunities here.
Please keep checking back as we update this list and browse all the gifts that give back on our Holiday Gift Guide!