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Holiday Cheer & Charity in Washington, DC

It’s the busiest time of the year, with presents to be bought, food to be cooked, and trees to be decorated. While it’s easy to get wrapped up in all these holiday rituals, we can all set aside a few minutes to remember and lend a hand to those that are not so lucky when it comes to being able to enjoy the winter holidays.

For those living in Washington DC, there is no shortage of worthy causes to be a part of. Here are a few that stand out:

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project

Homelessness is something nobody should have to go through, but family homelessness is still a major problem nowadays, affecting hundreds of children every year. Helping out children and families experiencing homelessness are the lovely people from The Playtime Project that focus on cultivating resilience in kids by giving them equal access to educational play experiences. What you can do is check out their mission and either volunteer if you have the time or donate here.

DC Central Kitchen

Fighting hunger since 1989, this Washington nonprofit organization is helping by creating jobs and offering cooking training to those facing problems. They started this kitchen by picking up wasted food, transforming it into balanced meals for those in need, and training unemployed adults in the process. Help them carry on the mission by donating and remember that any amount counts, no matter how small.

Humane Rescue Alliance

Start your holidays by turning your eye to some of the loveliest, cheeriest, and fuzziest little four-legged friends someone could ever have. The Humane Rescue Alliance strives to live in a world where all animals can thrive, so they provide direct rescue and care to our little furry friends that are in need. Read everything about them here and get involved as much as you can.

Food & Friends

Aiming to deliver 100,000 meals this season, Food & Friends have everything planned on how to make this happen, but they need your help as well. With your donations, they can deliver delicious and nutritional meals to those that can’t afford them. They do a lot to help out the community with their premise being that “anyone can get sick and everyone can help”.

Martha’s Table

Martha’s Table has been around for 40 years, working to provide help to children, families, and communities. Their focus is education, health & wellness, and family engagement and their mission is something you can take part in as well by volunteering. However, if your schedule doesn’t allow it, you can also help out by donating either clothing, baby items or food.

We Are Family

Join the lovely people from We Are Family to spread the cheer to our seniors as well. They’ve been committed to building an inclusive and caring community by providing isolated inner-city seniors with companionship as well as free services and advocacy. You can do your part by volunteering to deliver groceries, visit with the seniors in their home or help them out with cleaning and transportation. They even have a holiday gift delivery to 750+ seniors on Christmas day and would love your help.

The Little Falls Watershed Alliance

Our planet could use more of our attention and luckily, there are many ways in which we can get involved. One of them is this, which set out to protect the environment through its yearly volunteer events centered around the Little Falls Watershed in the area of NW Washington DC and lower Montgomery County, Maryland. Make a difference and check out here the multiple ways in which you can help.

End the year on a positive note while giving back to the community and helping to spread the cheer with those in need.

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Florentina Sarac

Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news and multifamily construction to homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance and business. With a 7-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email.

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