Started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York, #GivingTuesday has grown tremendously over the course of the last six years. I read an article over the weekend that stated more than $300 million has been raised online to benefit a variety of organizations. And this doesn’t even take into consideration that amount of volunteer time, food donations, and clothing donations that have also occurred. If you’re looking to give back on Tuesday or anytime during the holiday season, here’s a list of local organizations and events.

  • According to The Newtown Bee, 15 organizations in Newtown & Sandy Hook have registered to be a part of Giving Tuesday. You can read the article here.

In addition to #GivingTuesday, there are many places to donate this holiday season. Donations to these organizations will go directly back into our local community:

F.A.I.T.H Food Pantry has served Newtown for over 30 years. Donations comes from people & businesses in the community and go directly to Newtown’s residents who are in need. Many local businesses have drop off boxes, but you can also drop off directly at the Food Pantry which is behind St. Rose. Here is a list of items needed. Volunteers are also needed to staff the pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Toys for Tots collects new and unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year. These toys are then distributed to less fortunate children in the community the campaign is conducted in. For information on where to drop off toys in northwestern Fairfield County, click here.

The Salvation Army’s goal is to serve the most people, meet the most needs, and do the most good. They are looking for bell ringers during the holiday season. Ringing for just two hours, can raise enough money to feed a family of four for one month or maintain a family’s gas or electric service so that their home remains warm. More information is here.

Do you know of a local charity that needs volunteers or donations this holiday season? Please share!

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