Christmas is fast approaching, and many of us spend the holiday season looking for ways to spread good cheer and give back to others. If you’re looking to donate or support a local charity this season, here are a few notable ones in or around the Austin area:

Children’s Miracle Network – The Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The Children’s Miracle Network has been providing hope and support to thousands of sick and injured children throughout the United States for more than 35 years. Through its extensive network of hospitals, this charity helps bridge the financial gap for families that face the rising cost of medical and hospital expenses when Medicaid and private insurance are not enough. The Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is the local CMN-affiliated hospital that has helped make a difference for many children in need, and can continue to provide that critical support with your help this year.

Operation Liberty Hill – With a mission to “love and serve one’s neighbor and to care for those in need,” this organization runs a thrift store and offers food and clothing distributions for families located in the Liberty Hill Independent School District. The ministry accepts food, clothing, and financial donations, as well as volunteer support in both the office and the thrift store.

City of Rockport Hurricane Harvey Relief – Recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey continues to be a challenge for thousands of our Texas neighbors. If you can give in any capacity to the ongoing relief efforts, visit the City of Rockport’s website to learn how you can help volunteer or provide a donation for whatever is needed most.

Street Youth Ministry of Austin – This awesome nonprofit serves homeless youth and teenagers in the Austin area through relationship-building and the provision of food, clothing, service referrals, and emotional support. Like many other organizations, this one can always use financial donations but can also use volunteers who are willing to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth.

Austin Clubhouse – Give your time, compassion, or finances to this notable charity that supports and provides rehabilitation for adult individuals diagnosed with mental illness. Clubhouse volunteers spend time teaching classes on a variety of topics like GED prep, nutrition, and computer literacy, and offer tutoring support on subjects like English and math. Financial gifts are also welcome.

Drive a Senior – This is a great organization that provides rides to Austin seniors who are no longer able or want to drive independently. Volunteer drivers use their own cars to help the elderly get to and from medical appointments, grocery shopping, banks, activity centers, or just about anywhere else they may need to go in the course of their daily routine. Other volunteers offer services such as yard work and home maintenance for seniors, or even just neighborly visits to keep them company. What better way to donate your time and the gift of caring this Christmas?


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