Donating is always a good idea, but this time of year giving back is typically at the forefront of our minds. Many of us are thinking of others who may not have everything they need to experience a “happy holiday” and want to do what we can to help. Donating is a wonderful way to not only help others, but to show your children how to spread love this holiday season and to start thinking of others. However, our holiday schedules are so jam-packed with parties, programs, lists, recipes, crafts and trips that it’s hard to narrow down what and where you want to donate. If you find yourself asking “Where can I donate during the holidays?” this post is for you!
Who they are: They create a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children, from birth through high school, discover the joy and value of reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers.
What to donate: new and like-new children’s books, from board books to chapter books
Where to drop-off: call 615-255-1820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to plan your drop-off
Who they are: Dedicated to providing nurturing care for adoptable dogs when their allotted time at the shelter has elapsed. Their mission is to prevent these wonderful animals from being euthanized and to adopt them into permanent, loving homes.
What to donate: dog toys, new leashes and collars, food and water bowls, dog beds, towels/blankets, flea treatment, paper towels, liquid dish soap, laundry detergent, garbage bags, hand sanitizer, and Ziploc bags.
Where to drop-off: email email@example.com to plan drop-off
Who they are: Dedicated to providing Tennessee families in need with essential equipment, clothing, and products for their infants and young children.
What to donate: baby monitors, car seats. diapers, bibs, blankets, books, swings, strollers, highchairs, formula, diaper pails, walkers, shoes, infant tubs, toys, and more!
Where to drop-off: Nashville General Hospital, 1818 Albion St. Nashville, TN 37208 (Janie Busbee)
Who they are: a children’s hospital in Nashville, ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation.
What to donate: (all items must be new) toys and books, clothes (especially sport themed articles), E rated XBox 360 games, travel sized toiletry items, Spanish books, stuffed animals, all-in-one craft kits, and SO much more!
Where to drop-off: Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital 2201 Children’s Way, Nashville, TN 37212
Who they are: seeks to help the hurting of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing, and shelter to the homeless and recovery programs to those enslaved in life degrading problems.
What to donate: food, clothing, and toiletries
Where to drop-off: 616 7th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Who they are: concerned citizens and faith leaders came together and decided Williamson County needed a central place to send people who needed help with food, clothing and financial assistance.
What to donate: clothing of all sizes, household items, new toys, appliances in good working order, LCD flat-screen televisions, and furniture
Where to drop-off: 104 Southeast Parkway, Suite 100 Franklin, TN 37064
So gather-up your family and friends, collect some goods, and drop them off to those in need!
Do you know of any other local places to make donations this time of year?