Making the Most of your Holiday Charity and Donations
by Jackie Eldridge
Most non-profit organizations, such as churches, charities, shelters and schools, have special missions, outreach or service projects planned for the Christmas holidays to help those in need. We find that at his time of year, non-profits like yours are preparing to help provide food, clothing and holiday presents to children and families, as well as helping the homeless. And we also find they need to stretch every penny.
We provide needed items in bulk to hundreds of organizations and one of the most popular and practical items we see to help the homeless at Christmastime is the purchase of bulk wholesale plastic shoe boxes and filling them with dozens of bulk wholesale health and beauty supplies such as tooth paste and brushes, soap, first aid, shampoo, wet wipes, aspirin, deodorant, combs, toenail clippers, razors, snacks and other items to help maintain hygiene and health. Buying the shoeboxes and the health and hygiene items at wholesale makes it possible for organizations to stretch their dollars and help more people. One of the things that our non-profit organizations enjoy about the clear plastic shoe boxes filled with health and hygiene items is that their organization has to create an event to bring their members together to pack the boxes. This provides a deep sense of service and camaraderie. Once packed, distribution begins and that true spirit of the season lasts and lasts. They are making a true difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
The homeless in particular have many needs to make it through the cold winter. Some organizations buy wholesale sleeping bags, fleece blankets, coats, hats, gloves, shoes and boots, as well as socks to distribute to shelters and to those living on the streets. In fact, to emphasize the importance of socks, the Boston Health Care for the Homeless program believes “clean, white socks are a staple of homeless health care and make a real difference in the lives of their patients.” Needless to say, we sell tens of thousands of pairs of socks each holiday season.
Then we have to think about the children. While there are many organizations, such as Toys for Tots, that provide toys for kids, local schools, churches and organizations make the children a priority by having toy drives. One of the best values for buying toys is buying in bulk at DollarDays.com. Instead of buying one toy, you can purchase a lot of 12 and often the cost for 12 toys wholesale is what you might pay for one toy from a retail store. We have hundreds of small community organizations buy toys in bulk, as well as some of the larger organizations such as Salvation Army.
If your organization would like additional help with donations, DollarDays has a WishList program where we give you a WishList page, with your name and logo on it, and you can select the items from DollarDays you’d like people to donate to your organization. Donors visit your WishList, select the items you need and we ship them to you. The program is free and it includes a toolkit to help your organization promote it in your community.