There’s something about the holiday season that causes hearts to melt despite the frigid temperatures. We become a little more charitable, a little more thoughtful, and a little more aware of our neighbors. 

We live in an amazing community. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is a great time to see how we can give back to a community that’s given us so much. If you’re looking for a way you can help others, we’ve put together a list of organizations that are looking for volunteers and donations this holiday season. We encourage you to contact them for more information.  

Make Ornaments and Wrap Gifts

Agency: UAID (Utah Association for Intellectual Disabilities)

Contact: Kathy Scott, 801.654.8449, [email protected]

Volunteer: UAID provides Christmas for individuals with intellectual disabilities. 800 volunteers make ornaments, buy gifts, wrap gifts, make treats, do database entry, and clean-up. All ages welcome.

Date/Time :Now-Dec. 20, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Location: Valley Fair Mall, West Valley 84119

Donations:  socks, underwear, sweats, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths

Fill the Boots

Agency: East Midvale Elementary School

Contact: Michelle McCall, 801.826.8406, [email protected]

Date/Time: Now-Dec.

Location: 6990 South 300 East, Midvale 84047

Donations: children's boots (sizes provided) stuffed with a new box of crayons and fun winter scene coloring pages, a pair of gloves and winter hat, and a $25 gift card to Smith's or Winco. They also need a foot measurement tool and books. 

Cook & Serve Holiday Dinner for Kids
Agency: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake

Contact: Machelle Lake, 801.322.4411, [email protected]

Volunteer: Help cook, serve, and clean-up holiday dinner. No minimum age, but youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer.

Date/Time: Nov. 17, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Nov. 18, 3:00 -6:00 p.m. or 6:00 -8:00 p.m., Dec. 14, 4:00 -7:00 p.m.
Location: 179 East 5065 South, Murray 84107

Donations: Sub for Santa items, hygiene kits or stockings for teens

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Agency: American Red Cross

Contact: Danielle Dao,801.694.9156, [email protected]

Volunteer: About 10-15 volunteers are needed to create, write, and/or donate neutral, non-denominational Christmas cards that are given to veterans, military members and retirees, and their families. Minimum age is 5 years old.

Date/Time: flexible

Location: from home

Donations: shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, deodorant, floss, lotion, lip balm, brushes, small washcloth /loofah, $5-$10 gift cards to drug stores, fast food, grocery stores, etc

Toy Drive for Club Kids

Agency: Boys & Girls Club of Sugar House

Contact: Jaimie Dunn, 801.243.7923,[email protected]

Location: 968 East Sugarmont Dr, SLC 84106

Donations: Toys and games for the classrooms for ages 4 to 18 including board games, card games, manipulative play, Legos, building blocks, train/car sets, play kitchen toys, dress up clothes, music makers, play dough

If you have a favorite place to volunteer during the holidays let us know about it. Visit us on Facebook and leave a comment in the related post. Put the name of the organization and their contact info, so that others can participate. Our hope is for everyone to experience the joy from helping and serving others this holiday season!