Tuesday, 14 December 2021 12:19

Ways to give back this holiday season

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Kids’ Meals is nonprofit organization and CMC Agency that delivers food to hungry children in the Houston area year-round. Kids’ Meals is nonprofit organization and CMC Agency that delivers food to hungry children in the Houston area year-round. Photo courtesy of @kidsmealsinc


The holidays often keep people busy with family plans and shopping. But for many, the holidays are hard to celebrate if facing unforeseen challenges. This holiday season, consider supporting a local cause that positively impacts our city. From Amazon wish lists to arts and crafts donations, you can help make a difference through these Combined Municipal Campaign agencies:

Casa de Esperanza - CMC Agency 2434

KidsMeasl 2021DEC14Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos’ mission is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect for at-risk infants, children and their families by providing comprehensive residential and family support programs. This CMC agency is currently accepting gift cards in any amount from: HEB, Kroger, Walmart and Target. They are also in need of pantry items and diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6. Email Chrissy Redmond at credmond@casahope.org to coordinate your donation drop-off.

Chinese Community Center – CMC Agency 2122

The Chinese Community Center is a multi-ethnic organization serving all Houstonians. Their mission is to bridge East and West by enriching families with educational, cultural, and social service programs. They offer an array of social services, educational programming, senior health services, and culture and community events. They are currently accepting donations for their Adult Day Program:

  • New Canvases
  • Colored cardstock paper
  • Watercolors
  • Palettes
  • Planters/planter boxes
  • Art supplies/Beads/Popsicle sticks
  • Empty jars
  • Board Games/Outdoor games
  • Yarn/Crochet materials

Contact Office Manager Lulu Lu at office@ccchouston.org to coordinate donation drop off.

Healthcare for the Homeless – CMC Agency 2472

The mission of Healthcare for the Homeless is to promote health, hope and dignity for those affected by homelessness through accessible and comprehensive quality care. Their programming and health services are helping our homeless brothers and sisters break the cycle of homelessness. They are currently accepting an in-kind donations including:

  • New white tube socks – for adults, to help prevent and heel foot problems
  • Foot powder and antifungal cream — for foot problems
  • Bottled water – to prevent dehydration during the summer
  • Insect repellent with DEET
  • New underwear – for men, women, and children (all sizes)
  • Patient health and hygiene kits – include as contents in a Ziploc bag:
  • shampoo, wash cloth, toothpaste, toothbrush, tissues, Band-aids, white tube socks, cough drops
  • Walking canes

You can find a complete list of items under In-Kind Donations at www.homeless-healthcare.org/donation-options

Houston Hospice – CMC Agency 1634

Houston Hospice is a nonprofit organization that provides compassionate end-of-life care to patients and families across 13 counties in Texas. They are the largest nonprofit Hospice in the greater Houston area. They serve patients and their families. You can give back to this CMC Agency while you do your holiday shopping with Amazon, Kroger, Randall’s and more. Visit  www.houstonhospice.org/donation-options/ to learn more

Houston SPCA – CMC Agency 1658

The Houston SPCA works as the voice of the voiceless. For nearly 100 years, this organization has worked to meet the needs of animals in Houston, putting their care and well-being first in everything they do. Since its inception, Houston SPCA has saved and provided services for millions of animals. They are always in need of wish list items: https://houstonspca.org/ways-to-give/wish-list/. Donation items can be dropped off during their open hours in the Ann Slemons Young Adoption Center.

Interfaith Ministries – CMC Agency 2144

Interfaith Ministries is a nonprofit religious group that serves the Greater Houston area. They provide service and programming that seek to connect, engage, educate, and mobilize the interfaith community. They also provide the Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels and Animeals program, which provides meals to close to 5,000 homebound seniors and petfood and vet care for their seniors’ dogs and cats.  You can find Amazon wish lists for Meals on Wheels and Animeals here: https://www.imgh.org/donate/meals/

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The Houston SPCA works to saves the lives of animals in the Houston area through rescue, adoption, education, and wellness services.

Photo courtesy of @houstonspca

Kids’ Meals – CMC Agency 2218

Kids’ Meals is helping to end childhood hunger in Houston. This nonprofit organization has makes and deliversfree, healthy meals directly to the homes of hungry children ages 5 and under. Since inception, they have given more than 8.5 million free meals to food insecure children ages 5 and under in 43 Houston-area zip codes.  They also connect families to wrap around services to break the cycle of poverty. They are always looking for volunteers and in-kind donations such as DIY lunch packs, decorated brown bags, and more. To learn more visit https://kidsmealsinc.org/take-action/donation-drives/.

The Arc of Greater Houston – CMC Agency 1601

If you can, consider becoming a volunteer for the Arc of Greater Houston. This nonprofit 

promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lives. There are many ways that you can help out. Visit  https://www.aogh.org/volunteer to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

The Montrose Center – CMC Agency 2155

The Montrose Center provides a safe space for the LGBTQ community and serves as a community hub that provides services and programming to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and their families. They provide access to behavioral health and support services, adult primary care and psychiatry, and free wellness programs. They accept various in-kind donations and have an Amazon wish list. To learn more visit https://www.montrosecenter.org/donate/other-ways-to-give/.

Sunshine & Daisy Mobile Food Pantry – CMC Agency 1873

Sunshine and Daisy Mobile Food Pantry delivers food to people and families in need, helps animals in need, and coordinates holiday surprises for some 30 plus families and at least 100 people living on the streets. Even though they are a smaller organization, they are making a big impact in the lives of the people and families they help. They are especially in need of pet food and nonperishable meat donations. You can view their Amazon wish list here https://a.co/b7rM5mR.

You can view a full list of CMC Agencies here: https://cohemployeenews.com/cmc-donate/agency-list.