Community 4ward: Holiday Giving


The holiday season is a time of reflection for the year past and of charitable giving to family, friends and neighbors. This holiday season can be the perfect time to engage with your community and give back to those less fortunate. Here are some countywide organizations that are helping communities give to families in need and connect with a greater purpose in life.

The Harbor House of Central Florida, helps survivors of domestic abuse find support, protection and education to end the cycle. Seeking to empower survivors during the holiday season, the Harbor House has several ways to help:

  • Adopt a family for the holidays

  • Fill the holiday gift shop for Mom (children who stay at the Harbor House shelter will have the opportunity to select a gift for his or her mother)

  • Give a Holiday meal basket (fill a laundry basket with nonperishable items for a wonderful holiday meal)

  • Host a baby needs drive

  • Or, Donate online to help the Harbor House continue their good work.

For more information about donations click this link.

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health | Florida works to help people with cognitive, behavioral and emotional differences succeed in life. This holiday season Devereux is looking for:

  • Families interested in becoming safe, nurturing foster parents

  • Groups interested in hosting a Holiday Toy Drive

  • Individuals who will purchase items on a child’s wish list

  • Or, Donate online to help Devereux continue their vital work.

For more information on how you can help this holiday season click this link.

The Children’s Home Society with its longstanding history of helping children and families in need, is having a Holiday Toy Drive this holiday season. To get involved click this link, or to donate instead please click here.

New Hope for Kids is hosting its annual Bag of Hope Toy Drive. This wonderful organization strives to help children and families heal from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses. To get involved this holiday season head over to any participating Central Florida Panera and get a New Hope For Kids Gift Request Tag on one of the Christmas trees, purchase the item and then you can bring the unwrapped gift back to the Panera or to the New Hope for Kids building. To instead purchase directly from the Wish List this holiday season, click this link, and if you prefer to donate directly to New Hope for Kids please click here.

The Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida is hosting a Holiday Gift Drive and an Adopt-A-Club drive. For more information on what to purchase and how to help, please click this link (pg. 4). To continue the fantastic work the Boys & Girls club does throughout the year, you can donate by clicking this link.

Elevate Orlando is having a Holiday Donation drive (pg. 5) to help support all of the programs they have that empower and unable urban youth to become the future leaders. If you are interested in making an online donation, please click this link.

For even more opportunities to help and volunteer, please click here to view the Heart of Florida United Way Holiday Guide, and make this holiday season one of charitable giving and showing support for our wonderful community.


Happy Holidays!

Katherine Andrews