Top Organizations and Charities for Kids
The holidays are the prime time for giving back - and what better way to do it than by supporting a kids charity? These organizations offer some of the coolest holiday programs for kids, and all of them provide money to worthwhile causes. So if you've got a few extra bucks, some volunteer time, or extra clothes and supplies laying around the house, here's where you can send them. And if we missed an organization you love working with during the holidays, please spread the word and nominate it here! - Christina Couch
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Another heavy hitter in the holiday charities, Toys for Tots has distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children since its inception in 1947. In 2010 alone, the organization delivered new toys to nearly 7.2 million children. Holy cow! Every year, the organization conducts local toy drives from October through December in more than 500 communities across the US and Puerto Rico. Toys for Tots gets extra applause because of its fiscal soundness: 98 percent of all financial donations go straight to providing toys, books, and supplies to needy kids.
How You Can Help: To get in on the giving, find a campaign site near you. This nonprofit is always hungry for new toys, but monetary donations and used vehicles are welcome, too. You can also purchase holiday greeting cards.