Holiday Charitable Drives In and Around the Triangle
Start a tradition that gives back to others
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'Tis the season for giving. Start a holiday tradition that gives back to others. Take your family to shop for someone in need and you'll teach your kids invaluable lessons on thankfulness, empathy and charitable giving. Here are holiday charitable drives happening around the Triangle and beyond.
Thinking of volunteering? See these places where Triangle families and teens can get involved year-round or seasonally.
Tots for Tots
First Lady Kristin Cooper and the North Carolina State Capitol have teamed up with Toys for Tots to collect toys for children affected by Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina. Donate new, unwrapped toys to any area drop-off box, including those in the Capitol rotunda. Toys and books of all kinds (no toy weapons, please) are needed for children up to age 18.
Donation details: Donations will be accepted at the State Capitol during normal business hours, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., now through Dec. 14. Gov. Roy Cooper will light the state tree during a ceremony and holiday festival at the State Capitol on Thursday, Dec. 6, 5-7:30 p.m., making it an opportune time to drop off toy donations.
White Christmas Drive
The Salvation Army of Wake County’s Project FIGHT (Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking) is holding a White Christmas Drive to provide clothing to those gripped by labor trafficking. FIGHT is requesting new items including undershirts, socks, lycra underwear, water and baseball caps.
Donation details: Items can be dropped off Friday, Nov. 30 between noon-2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 between 5-7:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army of Wake County Center of Hope, 1863 Capital Blvd., Raleigh.
STEM Toy Drive
Bayer, in partnership with Hearthsong.com, has launched its second annual STEM toy drive. From now through Dec. 11, when consumers purchase a STEM toy at Hearthsong.com, Bayer will donate the full merchandise value of that toy to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, up to $250,000. Check out some of the STEM toys available here. Toys for Tots will use the dollars to purchase STEM toys from HearthSong at a discount for girls and boys of all ages.
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