Giving Back: Getting Ready for the Holidays

NOTE: Updated 12-7-28

It is a commonly held belief that true charitable giving should be done anonymously to have its full effect. But as we teeter on the brink of the holiday season, with all that the world has endured lately in the form of natural catastrophe (fires, earthquakes and hurricanes, etc.) spreading a little “good cheer” this year may be more important than ever.

So, if giving to charity is on your agenda, be forthcoming in your plans. We would especially counsel this if your plan is to include some sort of donation in your estate plan as well. The reasons are simple:

  1. Like all businesses charities must plan for the future. Knowing they can expect a gift down the road is helpful.
  2. It gives you an opportunity, if the gift is sizeable enough, to perhaps shape a part of the institution’s program or at least direct the money toward part of the program that means the most to you.
  3. It lets the organization know they are doing good and may help attract other donors.

Even if you don’t feel like you have deep enough pockets, the gift of your time (and your family’s time — even your kids) is a precious gift to any organization. We urge you to seek out how you can help this coming holiday season. Here are some local suggestions:

Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank

Through food drives and donations, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank is a charitable organization that has been helping to feed Arizona’s hungry since 2001.

How to help: The food bank typically needs more food and volunteer help in the summer months.

1368 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler.



My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store

The thrift store sells clothing for men and women, as well as smaller items such as silverware and pottery.

How to help: Volunteers are always welcome to help with the store’s everyday operations.

Details: 4985 S. Alma School Road, Suite B-103, Chandler.




ICAN is an East Valley after-school program that relies heavily on volunteers, including youth who are at least 15.

How to help: Teens may assist kids with homework or in the computer lab, with arts and crafts, sports and recreation, and during special events. An application, interview and orientation are required. Volunteer opportunities are available for age 10 or older to volunteer with an adult.

Details: 650 E. Morelos St., Chandler.



Feed My Starving Children

Christian non-profit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has tackled world hunger since 1987 by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries.

How to help: Volunteers are needed for 2-hour packing sessions to hand-pack life saving meals for starving childre

Details: 1345 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 8521



We’d love to hear from you if you can suggest a charitable program to add to our list. We know there are MANY worthy ones! So pick one and do your part. It’s good stuff – the best gift you can give yourself and your family and others.

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