As I child I remember my family choosing a charity to support during the holidays as well as throughout the year. Normally it was something as simple as donating clothing or money but as I got older and had my own family I realized there are now new and interesting options regarding charities and how I can support them. One way to support them is to host a charity party and here are five ideas for your next charity party. By hosting these you can help a worthy cause as well as give your friends and family the opportunity to also participate in the charities you love.
Charity Party Idea: Help Pets
Many of us are aware of the ASPCA and the Humane Society as well as local pet shelters and rescue organizations. The work in these organizations provides medical care, food, shelter, and training as well as shelter to lost or abused animals. However, in many cases these important services are manned by volunteers and business is quite often conducted through donations. My mother in law was one of these volunteers, providing foster care or respite services to animals as they approached their adoption. One really important service you can provide to these animal shelters is stuffed animals. Host a charity party where your guest can bring used or new stuffed animals. These animals are used to teach pets affection, gentleness as well as provide them with a source of trust and tenderness. Other charity party ideas include encouraging your guests to bring coupons for pet food or treats or bags of pet food or treats. These are very inexpensive donations and by hosting a charity party you can get a wonderful collection of items to donate to a shelter or rescue organization of your choice.
Charity Party Idea: Food Drive
The next time you host a dinner party, open house or birthday party include an invitation to participate in a food drive. This is an important service especially during the winter months and the holidays as more people and families are searching for relief efforts. Often food pantries run out of food and can’t provide for everyone they have come to them for help. As people enter your house to enjoy a wonderfully prepared meal have a colorfully decorated box at the door where they can donate a canned or boxed food item. If everyone brings just one you can provide it to church or community sponsored food pantry’s providing them with much needed assistance.
Charity Party Idea: Clothing Drive
Many of us have heard of hosting a clothing exchange party where guests bring clothes and accessories they no longer want and trade them with friends and family. Try this idea instead, by hosting a clothing drive. Instead of everyone bringing their clothes to exchange they can clean out their closets of gently used clothing and accessories, especially work attire, to be gathered at your home and donated to either a shelter or women’s outreach group that provides employment assistance.
Charity Party Idea: Book Exchange
Next time your book club meets, playgroup or office party event have everyone bring a book to donate. These donations can be gently used or brand new books that can be donated to local children’s hospitals or to local libraries. Here in Harris County/Houston Texas, donations of gently used or new books are then sold and the money earned goes toward important educational programs, including children’s story time, senior programs, computer training, teen and after school programs as well as many other educational and extracurricular activities.
Charity Party Idea: Toy Drive
The next time you host a birthday or holiday party as your guests to bring a toy donation to be given to help children. These donations can be given to local children’s hospitals; the U.S Marine Corp sponsored Toys for Tots or local shelter and mission organizations. One such that our family supports is Star of Hope Mission located in Houston, Texas. With just a few minutes on the internet you can find a local group to help with the donation of a toy. To keep expenses down, ask guests to bring gifts under $10.00 for both the guest of honor and the donation.
With these charity party ideas you can get your friends, family and children involved in charity – after all they say it begins at home, so why not open your home and your heart by hosting these easy additions to your next party? You can help a local organization as well as teach your children the importance of giving.
Need help finding a reputable charity to donate to? Try using Charity Navigator to help you learn about giving as well as a report card system for charities.