Submitted by Law Library on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 2:20pm
This is the time year when most children cannot wait for presents. All children regardless of age wish and desire those special things, a doll, a truck, a book, or a warm home. It is the time of year when everyone wants something and everyone is asking you for something. Your mail is filled with catalogs, cards, and requests for money to help people, animals, and the environment.
In St. Louis there many organizations to which you can donate, cash, time, or items. The Law Library has put together a very short list of giving possibilities.
The 100 Neediest Cases, every day the St. Louis Post Dispatch is runs an article covering a family/person in need. You can “adopt a case” or give to the fund.
Children - Reading – Books
In St. Louis city more than 34% of the children live in poverty and more than 16% drop out of high school. Giving a new book is one way to help.
Left Bank Books’ Angel Tree donation drive raises money to buy books as Christmas gifts for children in the St. Louis Public Schools. If you want to buy the book instead, visit either location, buy a book, and give it to the clerk specifying it is for the Angel Tree. If you shop online, in comment field type “Angel Tree” during the checkout process.
Barnes and Noble is also having a book drive for Children’s Hospital. Purchase a book and donate it at the store in the St. Louis Area.
The St. Louis area has many groups that help animals, Stray Rescue (dogs), Tenth Life (cats), Animal Protective Association (cats & dogs), and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic (small wild mammals). All of these groups can be helped by giving your time, to walk a dog, brush a cat, or feed an injured rabbit. You can donate items they can use, cat food, paper towels, a thundershirt. Look at their wish lists to see what is needed.
Giving closer to home.
If you make giving more personal, help a neighbor—shovel their walk, take them a box of cookies, or give them a smile. Sometimes the smallest and simplest gifts are the best, kindness – it does not take or cost much, and it is twice as nice.
You can find many places to donate your time or money, open your email, read the paper – there is group that needs your help and is meaningful to you.