The Best Charitable Organizations that Support Babies and Children, Part 2

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As the gift-giving season draws ever-closer, you may still be deciding what to get for a friend or family member.  Here’s an idea:  Celebrate them with a donation to charitable organizations that support babies and children.  In the spirit of giving, this is a touching and meaningful gift that anyone would feel honored to receive.

Earlier this week we talked about organizations that support the physical health and wellbeing of children.  Now we’re taking a look at charitable organizations that help children grow, develop and advance their opportunities in life.

Toys for Tots:  Toys for Tots is a well-known charity run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that collects toys for underprivileged children.  Most people choose to support Toys for Tots by donating new, unwrapped toys at various donation sites in their cities.  But Toys for Tots also needs volunteers and financial donations to run their operation.  Each year, this organization facilitates the donation of millions of toys to millions of children during the holiday season.

KaBOOM:  Many of us take our local parks and playgrounds for granted.  But for people in underserved communities, the luxury of visiting a nice local playground is a novelty.  KaBOOM helps such communities by installing playgrounds, athletic fields and other activity-centric facilities.  They also help teach communities how to build and maintain their own playgrounds to encourage an active lifestyle for all kids.

Head Start:  This program is designed for families with children ages 0 to 5 years old to help them develop cognitive, social and emotional skills to prepare for a life of learning.  Head Start focuses on education through language, literacy, health, nutrition, emotional stability and fostering a love of learning through family advocacy.  With an individual approach based on a family’s needs and cultural background, the program aims to improve the family unit to ensure children are prepared for formal education starting at Kindergarten.

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Boys & Girls Club of America:  This wonderful charitable program provides a safe, productive and inexpensive place for children to hang out when their parents are working or otherwise unable to take care of them.  Originally designed to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble, the Boys & Girls Club of America is a local community center, often located in schools, that offers educational, athletic, health and creative opportunities for kids every day, after school and on weekends.  Staff and volunteers work with kids to prevent drug & alcohol use, teen pregnancy and gang membership and encourage educational, career and leadership paths instead.

Children’s Defense Fund:  The Children’s Defense Fund advocates for impoverished children by providing health, education, social and enrichment programs.  Their mission is to help a growing population of children in poverty achieve preventative health care, education and moral guidance in order to have a healthy start in life.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America:  This mentoring program pairs 6 to 18 year olds with a “big brother” or “big sister” to offer guidance in every aspect of a child’s life.  Serving over a million youth in America, Big Brothers and Big Sisters requires operational donations and volunteers as mentors in order to continue to serve its constituency.  Research shows that mentored children are less likely to abuse drugs, perform better at school and have stronger familial relationships.

Thank you for your charitable spirit this season of giving.  Happy Holidays!

*Information sourced from More4Kids.