Show the community you care. Follow the lead of these local charities and make a difference during the upcoming holiday season.


What: More than 50 Palm Beach County nonprofit organizations participate in an effort to assist children and families in our area. Each winter, the network partners with the Junior League of Boca Raton for a holiday gift drive, providing gifts for more than 3,500 children within the various organizations.

How to help: Some 3,000 hang tags—with gift wishes from children connected to nonprofits in the area—will be distributed at participating banks, hospitals, restaurants, schools and supermarkets in Boca Raton. Select one, and purchase the gift for that child. Cash donations and gift cards also are accepted; plus, the organization now offers free volunteer training.

Contact: 561/385-0144, or visit


What: The Giving Tree of Temple Beth El provides needy families, senior citizens and kids aging out of foster care with necessities throughout the year. During the holidays, volunteers deliver dinners and gifts throughout the community, including Dixie Manor and Boca Island East residents.

How to help: Donate clothing, furniture, toys and food.

Contact: 561/391-8900, or e-mail


What: This interfaith charity organization provides shelter, food and life skills for homeless families in our area. Their unique program keeps struggling families together, while teaching them strategies to become self-sufficient.

How to help: Donate basic necessities (toothbrushes, clothing, shoes, Tylenol), furniture, toys and Publix gift cards.

Contact: 561/265-3370, or visit


What: Boca Helping Hands provides hot meals and groceries, six days a week, to families, the elderly and anyone in need. The organization collects items year-round for meals, its pantry program and homeless kits.

How to help: Donate nonperishable food items to the Food Center at 1500 N.W. First Court.

Contact: 561/417-0913, or visit


What: The center offers free health services to the uninsured, working poor families of Palm Beach County. Through education and outreach programs, the center delivers homework assistance, college scholarships and emergency services year-round to those in financial crisis. During the holidays, warm meals and gift cards to purchase food are donated to families.

How to help: Donate canned food items and supermarket gift cards, or inquire about the Adopt-A-Family program.

Contact: 561/853-1638, or e-mail Ryan Morris at


What: This national, locally headquartered, nonprofit strives to provide support services for more than 1.3 million children and young adults in the U.S. who care for injured, ill, elderly, or disabled family members.

How to help: Monetary donations help young caregivers with school supplies, Internet access, respite services and in-home tutoring sessions.

Contact: Call 561/391-7401, or visit


What: This national U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program collects gifts for underprivileged children. New, unwrapped toys collected during October, November and December will be distributed during Christmas to children throughout the community.

How to help: Bring an unwrapped toy (suggested price is around $10) to one of the drop-off locations throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Contact: For local drop sites and information, visit