In the spirit of the holidays, it is always important to remember the people less fortunate than ourselves. This month, there are many different volunteer opportunities in San Diego ranging from wrapping toys to distributing meals. Come lend a hand to your community and brighten the days of the less fortunate. If you are limited on time, you can always donate a toy locally! Spread the holiday cheer and pay it forward this season! Here are a few volunteer opportunities you can participate in.
Time: 10:45 am - 4:15 pm
The Embrace-a-Family program is a holiday project were San Diego community members donate gifts to low income families. This is a great event that helps low income families have a joyous holiday and truly brings the community together. Volunteers are needed on the actual drop-off day (December 10th) to help organize and sort the gifts.
Del Mar’s Community Resource Center’s Holiday Baskets program is one of the biggest in San Diego County. This program provides low income families with basic necessities, a few presents, and a holiday dinner. In 2017, this program will provide over 1,500 families holiday baskets.
Wreaths Across America
Time: 9:00 am
Wreaths Across America is a program that lays wreaths on all veterans gravestones. In the San Diego area, Wreaths Across America needs volunteers to lay wreaths at Miramar National Cemetery as well as help purchase wreaths. If you are limited on time, donate a wreath to an awesome cause!
Holiday Magic for Kids
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spread the holiday magic at this fun volunteer event. In 2016, the event Holiday Magic for Kids provided over 2,500 low income families with food and the children under 12 years of age received stocking stuffers and presents. This event is a magical time for these families. There will be music and entertainment for the kids. Volunteers are needed to wrap toys, distribute food, check-in families, set up, clean up, and more.
Christmas Meal Outreach
8:30 am -11:00 am
The San Diego Rescue Mission is hosting a Christmas Meal on December 16th for the homeless of Downtown San Diego. The mission needs volunteers to help spread the word to the homeless that there is a holiday meal waiting for them! Volunteers will simply hand out flyers and reach out to the homeless to let them know.
Give back to your community this holiday season! Help bring joy to your community and help the less fortunate have a great holiday. The holidays are hard for the less fortunate so be compassionate and donate your time. Happy holidays!