ST LOUIS! St Louis Crisis Nursery is hoping you'll reach out and help the children and families whose lives they're changing for the better. They've assembled a wish list that not only includes very few gift items and far more practical items that are needed on a day to day basis. Start a collection box for the St Louis Crisis Nursery, Take An Extra Bag as you go shopping and help send love to these precious children.
SEATTLE! Treehouse is a group I've recommended previously as they work to support the Seattle children in the foster care system. While many kids typically realize 2 foster homes on average there are children that may live in 10 or more homes for various reasons. Start a holiday toy collection drive to support the Seattle Treehouse and Take An Extra Bag with your family on Black Friday to be the difference for these displace kids. http://www.treehouseforkids.org/
SCOTTSDALE! Arizona Helping Hands needs your help and FAST! Not only do they collect toys to provide over the holidays to foster kids and families struggling, they also distribute toys to the areas FIRST RESPONDERS so they might distribute a toy during a holiday crisis. Brilliant. Take An Extra Bag in the Scottsdale area, start a "SPEED COLLECTION" so those items can quickly get to those first responders and help be the gift for so many struggling this holiday season. http://www.azhelpinghands.org/what-we-do/
DENVER! The Denver Santa Claus Shop has been filling holiday stockings for more than 83 years with more than 16,000 children reached each year. They need your help and even provide an outline on how to start your own collection drive, create competition within your work environment, workout class, etc. It's brilliant but it only works if you join in. Take An Extra Bag to help the Santa Claus Shop make dreams come true for struggling families and kids in the Denver area! http://denversantaclausshop.org/about-us.php
MIAMI! Adopt a Family has been helping families in the Miami area for more than 21 years. Last year alone more than 400 families were helped over the holidays by compassionate people like YOU! Gather a group of friends, neighbors, coworkers and start a quick easy collection and Adopt a Family today! Take An Extra Bag and Adopt A Family in the Miami area! http://aaf.neighbors4neighbors.org/
Houston! The Houston Area Women's Center is looking for your kind donations to women and children of the center all victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse. Please consider getting a group together to make a supportive donation to these families trying to rebuild a safe life. Take An Extra Bag to their 2014 Holiday Gift Express and check out their webpage for donation options and a wish list that is downloadable. What a sweet stuffed animal could do for a displaced child this winter. http://www.hawc.org/news/2014-holiday-gift-express/
Kari Stiles, RN, BSN, WCCN, CRRN. Philadelphia Metro Area, Pennsylvania.