Spread love while working to make the holidays a little brighter for families in need. Nonprofits and community-based organizations have reimagined celebrations and gift-giving this year, but they still need your efforts and support as we enter the season of giving. Here are a just few.
One of the largest organizations in the fight against homelessness and substance abuse has a wish list for donations of practical but important items such as disinfectant spay, wipes and hand sanitizer. Items can be dropped off at 150 Stimson St. in Detroit. They are also seeking financial donations, which can be given online, to continue to touch the lives of more than 2,000 men, women and children in the Detroit community.
Detroit Heals Detroit is an organization created by youth for youth to combat trauma and transform pain into power. They are currently revitalizing a vacant property to become The Sincerely, Detroit House – a healing hub that will lead initiatives around food justice, education, healing justice and youth-led organizing. They are seeking volunteers and donations to help advance the work of the space.
Brilliant Detroit provides programming and support to children, helping them to be healthy, stable and school ready. Based in high-need neighborhoods across Detroit, this family-centered organization is accepting new toys and culturally relevant books. Donations can be dropped off at the Southwest Detroit location at 5675 Larkins St. Or get involved through volunteer opportunities, including mentoring and literacy tutoring.
Use your creative gift-wrapping skills. COTS – a Detroit-based nonprofit that helps families break the cycle of poverty – will deliver donated toys this season. Register to volunteer for this campaign soon; gift boxes will be delivered by Dec. 20. Additionally, COTS could also use your time and talent to prepare newly renovated homes for families. Volunteer for the Mission Mover or Home Maker campaigns to help prepare homes for a grand reveal on move-in day for more than 50 families.
Southwest Solutions has served Detroit’s Southwest community since 1970 and focuses on helping families write new chapters of resiliency and purpose. They are collecting new toy donations for families and children of all ages. This year, the traditional plan of dinners and gatherings for veterans has been canceled, but they will be gifting $25 gift cards from Walmart or Meijer instead. The org is hoping for 150 gift card donations. All donations can be dropped off at 5716 Michigan Ave. in Detroit.