In the spirit of the holiday giving, I wanted to share several Atlanta charities and events that need your help for the 2012 holiday season because they serve women and children.
Although it should be a time of year to celebrate, some Atlanta families are struggling.
You can give your time as a volunteer, make a monetary donation or simply Like, Tweet and Share this story so word can spread! You’re welcome to leave a comment below with a link to other Atlanta charities that need our support around the holidays.
I’ll start with two events this weekend.
Pajama Jam Donation Drive
Help us provide warm pajamas for children during this winter season. The Pajama Program is a national organization that collects pajamas and books for underprivileged children that are often housed in shelters and foster homes. Winter is considered danger season and the need is great.
Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 2-6 PM at KIPP STRIVE Academy for an afternoon of fun and play as we collect pajamas for Georgia’s children in need. Register: http://atlpajamajam.eventbrite.com/
Warm & Fuzzy Project
The Warm & Fuzzy Project is another charity event to help keep the needy warm this winter by collecting gloves and socks.
1000+ items to distribute to children in need at Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children and recovering from Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York.
Event details: The annual donation drive on Saturday, December 1, 1-5 pm at Cafe Nineteen-Atlantic Station, 232 19th St. Atlanta, GA To learn more visit: www.warmandfuzzyproject.com
Women Who Network
Women Who Network is a non-profit organization geared towards empowering young girls and women by teaching them the proper tools in order to walk into their destiny by building today for a better tomorrow. Founder Earlina (Lina) Banks & Co-founder Cheneka (Neka) Hobbs are doing GREAT things in the community, such as being mentors, hosting healthy events, professional and personal seminars and networking events.
Keeping Atlanta’s homeless population warm is the focus of Women Who Network this holiday season. The organization is hosting a Blanket Drive collection monetary donations to buy blankets.
Learn more about the Women Who Network Blanket Drive: http://therealmsbanks.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/do-your-part-and-give-back-blanket-drive/
Can you imagine what it’s like to be a victim of domestica violence and trying to hold things together for your kids before the holidays? Touching Heart in Snellville,Georgia presents “Hope for the Holidays” to give women and children with Christmas gifts in the form of gift cards or new unwrapped toys.
The goal is to provide 200 families this year with Christmas.
By visiting www.touchingheart.org to make an online donation and learn how to be a volunteer throughout the year on various events.
Childhood Calendar Benefits March of Dimes
Buy your friends and family a gift this holiday season that helps support premature babies and babies with birth defects through the March of Dimes. The gorgeous 2013 calendar has “The Joy of Living” and it features children from the Atlanta area.
All year the Childhood Calendar raises money through children’s photography, voting for featured images, calendar editing and design, calendar sales. 100% of the profits from the 2013 Childhood Calendar will go to March of Dimes, a well-known organization committed to improving the lives of babies by preventing premature births.
People can help by passing the word, purchasing calendars, suggesting beneficiaries, voting for the featured images, and submitting their children to be considered for the photography.
If I missed a noteworthy event or charity that’s dedicated to helping women and children, please comment below with a link about about it.