Volunteer this holiday season

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HOUSTON - It’s better to give than to receive, and there’s no better time than the “season of giving.”

There are a lot of people in Houston who could use a helping hand to get through the holidays. Donations always make a difference, but giving your time is just as valuable.

The Houston Food Bank provides 74 million meals to Houstonians every year, but they couldn’t do it without out some help. “We still need volunteers to come out and help pack family boxes. We’re also putting together food sacks for the holidays for children who receive food for the weekend. We also need to remember our seniors who need food during the holiday,” says Amy Ragan of the Houston Food Bank. To volunteer or for more info go to http://www.houstonfoodbank.org

If hitting the streets is more your style, Interfaith Ministries, Meals on Wheels delivers 4,000 meals to homebound Houstonians every week. “We’re collecting items for the holiday gift bags that are given to seniors. In a lot of cases this may be the only gift that a senior receives for the entire holiday season,” explains Volunteer Services Manager, Hannah Weier. She also tells us, donations of holiday cards, toiletries, puzzles or games and warm weather accessories like a hat, gloves or a scarf are need to fill these gift bags. Elves are also needed to assemble the gift bags. To volunteer or for more info go to https://www.imgh.org.

The Star of Hope is dedicated to helping homeless men, women and children. “Our most popular volunteer project is coming in and assisting with meals. Volunteers help set up, serve and clean up. It’s so important to our clients. You know when you’re homeless, a lot of times your self-esteem is at rock bottom and when our clients see volunteers coming in, it lets them know that they do have value and worth. Here’s strangers who took the time out from their busy schedule to come and help them,” says the Star of Hope's Elizabeth Hatler. To volunteer or for more info go to http://www.sohmission.org.

If you’re shopping online use Amazon Smiles and iGive to help your favorite charities. This time of year is about love, and remember that doesn’t cost you a thing.