Ideas for sharing the holiday spirit by giving to those less fortunate
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The Boys & Girls Clubs
of Broward County
Since 1965 the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) has been dedicated to providing programs that help young people achieve their potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. While cash donations are always accepted, the Boys & Girls Clubs has made it even easier for holiday shoppers to donate this year. Through the AmazonSmile program, Amazon will donate .5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to your favorite charity. Simply visit smile.amazon.com, select BGCBC as your charity of choice and begin shopping. Bgcbc.org.
Connection Coalition (CoCo)
This nonprofit organization uses yoga, meditation and mindfulness to address the symptoms of trauma and poverty, from limited education, addiction, violence and incarceration to teen pregnancy and homelessness in youth and young adults. CoCo provides free six-week yoga programs in youth shelters, jails, foster homes, rehabilitation centers and schools in collaboration with other youth organizations. CoCo also offers its volunteers certifications and workshops with a focus in trauma and adversity. Connection Coalition, P.O. Box 771978, Coral Springs, theconnectioncoalition.org.
ChildNet is the Community-Based Care lead agency for Broward and Palm Beach counties that protects abused, abandoned and neglected children. As the single private nonprofit entity responsible for the administration of the local child-welfare system in these counties, ChildNet manages a comprehensive network of child-welfare service providers throughout the community and serves as the single centralized case-management provider for Broward. ChildNet relies on continuous input and support from the community to succeed in its mission and accepts monetary, goods and services donations as well as volunteers, foster care and adoptive families. ChildNet’s Circle of Supporters Annual Giving Society recognizes donors who contribute $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 to sponsor a child. For more information about ChildNet call 954-414-6000 in Broward, 561-352-2500 in Palm Beach or visit childnet.us.
Feeding South Florida
A member of Feeding America, Feeding South Florida is the largest food-bank provider in Palm Beach, Broward, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. For every $1 donated, Feeding South Florida provides six meals to families and children in need of food and nutrition. Through its network of more than 400 nonprofit partner agencies including soup kitchens, shelters, day-cares and food pantries, Feeding South Florida serves more than 784,000 individuals per year while at the same time leading poverty and hunger advocacy efforts. Feeding South Florida, Main Warehouse, 2501 SW 32nd Terrace, Pembroke Park, 954-518-1818, Feedingsouthflorida.org.
Food for the Poor
The South Florida-based international non-profit organization is offering an online Christmas catalog featuring a wide range of donation options that provide supplies, food and other items to people living in poverty. Examples from the gift catalog include: A fruit tree for $10, 100 pounds of rice and beans for $24, school supplies and a soccer ball for a youngster for $30, agricultural tools for $30, a water pump for $285 and a solar-powered street light for $4,000. With efforts focused mainly in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, Food For the Poor is an interdenominational Christian ministry that offers assistance and support to people in need, including food and water, educational supplies, housing, skills training and other services, foodforthepoor.org/giftcatalog
Shopping for a Cause
If you are shopping for a new dining room set, a South Florida furniture business is featuring a promotion that donates some of the purchase price to Feeding South Florida, a regional food bank that works with partner organizations from Palm Beach to the Keys.
Antonini Modern Living, a designer furniture retail brand with stores in Boca Raton, Dania Beach and Miami, is offering to donate 10 percent of select purchases to the food bank. The donation is linked to a 20 percent sale on dining room chairs with purchase of a dining room table. The Dine For Change promotion runs to Dec. 31. Antonini Modern Living, 9465 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-757-6988; 1920 Stirling Road, Dania Beach, 954-922-3131; Miami Midtown, 3201 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-422-8800; http://www.antoninimodernliving.com/, feedingsouthflorida.org
– Compiled by Rebecca Cahilly-Taranto and Patti Roth