During the holiday season, we are often told it is better to give than to receive. Donating to local charities is a sure fire way to kick start some warm and fuzzy feelings, and your efforts will certainly brighten spirits and spread good cheer. Here are some local Sanford charities to inspire your generosity!
Harvest Time International is a faith-based charity that assists families with food and clothing through a Community Hope Center located in Sanford. Interested donors can give funds or products, for which qualifying families can shop at the Hope Centers.
Harvest Time International received a $3,000 donation by Sanford365 and the Orlando Regional Realtor Association in March 2013.
A Visit at Harvest Time International (Article from April 2013)
2. Pet Rescue by Judy
Inspired in 1986 by rescuing her own pet, Judy established her pet rescue organization to educate the public and help unwanted pets. Today, Pet Rescue by Judy fosters dogs and cats, updating their medical needs and finding them homes with responsible, loving owners. Those interested in helping can make donations, temporarily foster pets, adopt pets, or volunteer their time.
3. Grace and Grits
Grace and Grits invites homeless people to dine as their honored guests at the Sanford Civic Center each Wednesday. The charity is hosted by different churches in the community, and is always in need of volunteers to cook, serve, and donate needed items, such as socks, blankets, and shoes.
4. Rescue Outreach Mission
Established almost 30 years ago, the Rescue Outreach Mission on Historic Goldsboro Avenue is a comprehensive facility that assists the homeless on a path of self-sufficiency. The organization houses, clothes, and feeds men, women, and children in need and through case management, helps them accomplish goals, such as finding employment or learning to read. The mission accepts volunteers and donations of funds and items the organization needs to operate, such as cleaning products.
5. SafeHouse of Seminole
The SafeHouse provides services for victims of domestic abuse and seeks to help prevent such violence altogether. This includes providing legal advocacy for victims, teaching safety planning, and running an emergency shelter. The organization accepts donations via Paypal, encourages volunteers, and also collects holiday gifts for child victims.
6. Stepping Stones
Helping children of incarcerated parents since 2002, Stepping Stones provides specialized counseling and support. Their efforts help heal the emotional and psychological gaps between parents and children, and the organization accepts cash donations and items for the children, such as craft materials, school supplies, furniture, and clothing.