Whether you have extra time or resources to give or need a little help, here are some of the programs you can partner with to give back and volunteer in Des Moines this holiday season.
Holiday Giving in Des Moines
– Blankets and sheet sets (Twin, Full, Queen)
– Standard bed pillows
– Pans, pots, skillets, cookie sheets
– Small appliances: toaster, crockpot, coffee maker
– Towels: kitchen and bath
– Broom/Dustpan, Cleaning supplies
You can make a financial gift directly to Anawim Housing here.
Orchard Place 2020 Holiday Drive
Sign up to sponsor a child or children. Sponsoring a child consists of purchasing 3 items from their wish list, wrapping and delivering them to the Orchard Place Branch. Register here.
West Des Moines Human Services Holiday Assistance
Bring joy to families this holiday season. There are many options including adopting a family, purchasing grocery gift cards, or making a monetary donation. Learn more here.
EveryStep is the name behind services like HCI Hospice Care Services, Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Amanda the Panda and more than 30 programs and services with a shared mission.
Make a difference in the lives of those served by EveryStep through their Adopt-A-Family program; team up with your friends, family, or co-workers this year to adopt a family. By collecting items on a family’s wish list, you can help make their season brighter. To learn more about adopting a family, call 515-371-0912.
Help deliver thousands of meals around the Des Moines area to individuals and families in need. Most of the Thanksgiving positions are full, but there are plenty of opportunities to help for Christmas. Learn more here.
Saint Vincent dePaul
Saint Vincent dePaul is doing a giving tree in 2020. They will pass out the Angel Tree gift tags to provide for families in need, in front of Our Lady of Fatima School. Call 409-594-9301 for more information.
Saint Vincent dePaul in partnership with Toys for Tots is excited to bring back Operation Santa Claus! Operation Santa Claus provided 12,000 toys to over 3,000 kids who needed them most. Various sponsorship opportunities are available to help.
- Providing toys for one child in need: $20
- Providing a family with Christmas Dinner: $50
- Sponsor an entire family’s Christmas presents: $100
- Sponsor an entire family’s Christmas (dinner and presents) $150
To learn more about donating to or signing-up for Operation Santa Claus and Hope of the Holidays click here.
Toys for Tots
In 201 Toys for Tots distributed more than 39,000 toys in Des Moines. Families can request toys, sign up to donate, or volunteer. Learn more here.
Food Bank of Iowa Combat Hunger
Raise money to provide meals to feed hungry families in Iowa. More details here.
Single Parent Provision
This event is free, but registration is required and closes Wednesday, December 4.
If you would like to learn more about this special evening, watch this short news segment WHO-TV did in 2018. Ways to help with the dinner include various levels of sponsorship, to learn more click here or to volunteer click here.
Holiday Helping Hands with Urbandale Community Action Network
The Urbandale Community Action Network (UCAN) is a 501(c)3 citizen group providing leadership and ongoing support for comprehensive community-based action to improve the quality of life in Urbandale. UCAN works collaboratively with local government, churches, civic, and community organizations, not for profits, citizens and the business community to accomplish common goals and to help make a difference in the lives of Urbandale residents.
UCAN Holiday Helping Hands Programs include Thanksgiving Needs Baskets, Adopt-A-Family, Santa for Seniors, Christmas Food Assistance, and At-Risk Teen Outreach. To sign up to help please contact UCAN at [email protected] or call 515-278-3936.
Animal Rescue Organizations
In addition to people helping people, the Des Moines metro area is fortunate to have several wonderful animal rescue organizations including, but not limited to: AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, Animal Lifeline of Iowa, Animal Rescue League, Furry Friends Refuge, and Hope Animal Rescue who work year-round rescuing animals and giving them second chances. Most rescues host various supply drives and “adopt a shelter pet” programs during the holiday season. Often these donated supplies will help stock a rescue for months meaning more dollars to spend saving animals.