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I know that many of my creative readers are pretty handy with scissors and tape, and experienced shoppers as well, so I'm popping in to help spread the word about an important volunteer opportunity that's right up your alley: Atlanta-based CHRIS Kids needs Holiday Helpers to shop (using provided gift cards) for the teens and children served by the organization and/or to wrap presents. Specifically, helpers are needed Monday, December 19 through Wednesday, December 21.
CHRIS serves abused and neglected youth who've typically spent years in the foster care system and don't have a traditional family support system. Older kids and teens often get lost in the shuffle of holiday toy drives so the staff does their best to buy simple items on the youths' wishlists. For details click here.
Similarly, my friend Meg over at Pigtown Design works on behalf of youth served by Maryland-based Woodbourne and she recently explained their current holiday needs (batteries for handheld games, neon shoelaces, Target gift cards and other humble things). Moreover, Toys for Tots distributes presents to tweens and in some cases teens. Click here for deadlines. We're in the final crunch!