The spirit of giving is especially strong during the holidays. Charitable donations of money and goods are always appreciated, but you can't put a value on the gift of time.
Spread holiday cheer and build your reserves of good karma by supporting these worthy causes around our Springs Twin Cities luxury apartment communities.
1. Merry Thriftmas Elves Value Village 10546 France Ave S, Bloomington 952.818.8708 9.7 miles from Springs at Egan Drive
Santa isn't the only one who needs a helping hand from holiday elves. Value Village is looking for some generous souls to unpack, sort, tag and stock holiday gift items and decorations. Two- and three-hour shifts are available between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. through December 17. Kids aged 10 and up are welcome, so why not start a new family tradition?
2. Meals on Wheels 8400 France Ave S, Bloomington 952.835.1665 12.1 miles from Springs at Egan Drive
Meals on Wheels is the oldest and largest national organization addressing the needs of senior citizens on a community level. The program provides nutritious meals and welcome companionship to seniors, enabling them to live with independence and dignity. MOW relies on help from volunteers with a dependable vehicle, proof of insurance and a valid driver's license. You can commit to a regular schedule or serve as a substitute driver.
3. Holiday Help Campaign Good in the Hood 1630 E 90th St, Bloomington 612.440.7463 8.9 miles from Springs at Apple Valley
Good in the Hood has a modest but powerful vision of "changing lives together with simple acts of kindness." Their Holiday Help Campaign is aimed at making the season bright for families and children in need. Programs include Adopt-A-Family, which allows parents and guardians to provide gifts for their kids, and Holiday Meals, which provides sustenance for up to 5,000 local families.
4. Armful of Love 360 Communities 501 E Hwy 13, Burnsville 952.985.5300 6.9 miles from Springs at Apple Valley
Armful of Love goes a step further than most holiday gift programs by matching donors with specific families to promote community interaction. Last year, Armful of Love made the holidays happier for approximately 1,000 families by pairing them with donors who purchased gifts based on the family's wish list. The program itself is also in need of volunteers to assist with warehouse set-up, sponsor drop-offs and family pick-ups.
People Serving People is an emergency shelter with 99 hotel-style private units for homeless children and families. They also provide comprehensive Family Support Services to help temporary residents become self-sufficient. PSP needs volunteers to assist with housekeeping duties or to address and stuff envelopes for holiday mailings. All activities are conducted on two-hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Do you have a favorite charitable organization to add to our list? Tell us in the comments!