Holiday season 2022: giving Tuesday, opportunities to volunteer

Do you want to give back this holiday season? Here are ways around the Des Moines Metro to get involved and spread some holiday magic.

DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s the time of giving!

Whether you want to volunteer in your community or make a monetary donation to help those in need, there are many ways to make a difference this holiday season.

Here are ways around the Des Moines Metro to get involved and spread some holiday magic.

Do you see something we missed? Let us know below [email protected] or SMS 515-457-1026.

With regular volunteers going on vacations, Knock and Drop Iowa is looking for additional volunteers to help out in the pantry. Volunteers helped set up the pantry line, greeted visitors, replenished groceries as needed, and cleaned up.

  • When: Dec 21, Dec 28, Jan 4 and Jan 11; 3-6:30 p.m
  • Where: 4801 Franklin Ave #152, Des Moines, IA 50310
  • For free
  • Time required: 3.5 hours

Orchard Place Holiday Drive

Do you want to make a child’s dream come true? Get involved with Orchard Place Holiday Drive to help the organization bring holiday magic to up to 1,000 kids on the Des Moines subway.

Sign up to give a Christmas present to a child in need, or donate cash and/or gift cards to ensure every family gets a gift.

  • When: Registration closes December 9th, all gifts must be returned by December 14th
  • Where: PACE Center (620 8th St, Des Moines, 50309) or Child Guidance Center (808 5th Ave, Des Moines, 50309)
  • Cost: average $75
  • Time required: 1-3 hours, including shopping and delivery time

Christmas dinner for single moms

The Single Moms Christmas Dinner is an opportunity for single mothers and their children to relax and have a special night. Single parent care needs 400 volunteers to hold the event.

This is the 11th year that the organization has hosted the event. In addition to volunteering in person, you can also choose to sponsor a family, purchase gift bag items, fill a blessing bag, or make a financial donation.

  • When: Thursday, December 10 (4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Where: Community Choice Convention Center
  • For free
  • Time commitment: 4 hours

Volunteers are needed at the New Directions Shelter to prepare for the holiday season.

Responsibilities include organizing, cleaning and preparing rooms in the shelter. Your efforts will help families staying at New Directions have a clean, safe place to celebrate.

  • When: Register here by December 7th
  • Where: New Directions Shelter (3001 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312)
  • For free
  • Time required: Usually 2 hours per shift

Waukee Area Christian Services Gift of Food

Help Waukee Area Christian Ministries give away food this holiday season.

The organization hopes to provide complete Christmas meals and gifts to more than 200 families across Waukee.

  • When: Donations will be accepted throughout December
  • Where: Drop donations at 1155 SE Boone Drive, Waukee, IA 50263
  • Cost: $25-$275
  • Time commitment: Varies

West Dse Moines Human Services Holiday Assistance Program

Make a difference by supporting this nonprofit organization dedicated to providing service to those in need across West Des Moines. Give back in a way that fits your schedule by “adopting a family”, donating new toys or gift cards, providing a grocery gift card to help with a holiday dinner, or making a cash donation to the department.

  • When: Deadline for family adoption is Thursday 1 December; other options exist during the holiday season
    • Drop off donations from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m
  • Where: West Des Moines Human Services Office (139 6th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265)
  • Cost: $25+
  • Time commitment: Varies

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