I’m just not the gift card kind of gift giver. Nope. I much prefer to completely push myself to the brink of sanity finding the exactly perfect, most meaningful and incredibly memorable gift for each person on my list.
To reduce some of the stress 2020 has already gifted us, I’ve compiled this Gifts that Give Back list to help you with your holiday planning — and I still have my sanity.
Donations done right – Donating in someone’s name can still elicit all the excitement of any other gift that would have found its way to next year’s white elephant exchange. We’ve created these downloadable and printable cards along with a suggested list of places to donate so that giving back is just as exciting as getting gifts.
United Way Suncoast: Focusing on early literacy, youth success, and adult financial stability, donations to the United Way Suncoast provide people with the opportunities and resources they need to move forward and build new futures in a caring community.
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay: This is often a tough time for many people in our community as depression rates tend to increase around the holidays with heightened anxiety, family issues and financial pressures. Donations to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay help ensure no one in our community has to face crisis alone.
Community Care Fund by The AdventHealth Foundation: The AdventHealth Foundation West Florida Division has created a special fund called the Community Care Fund dedicated to supporting COVID-19 efforts that maintain and improve the safety of their patients, families of their patients, and their team members.
MacDonald Training Center (MTC): When on-site programs were suspended mid-March due to the stay-at-home order, MTC quickly launched virtual learning programs. Donors can support this transition through the laptop loan program. Donating to this program will enable students to maintain hard-won progress toward job training, certification, placement.