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Tis the Season for Giving

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Tired of searching for the perfect gift that will spread holiday cheer? Give your presence rather than presents by volunteering or donating to one of the many holiday drives and events happening around Pace this year.

Missed out on Giving Tuesday? Not sure if you’re going to make the “Nice” list this year? That’s ok, The Pulse has got you covered with plenty of volunteering opportunities in both NYC and Westchester that’ll help you give the ultimate gift this holiday season: the gift of giving.

Volunteer New York is rounding up Westchester with seasonal and holiday volunteering opportunities for everyone. Have you got the golden touch when it comes to gift wrapping? Volunteer in Open Door Family Medical Center’s Holiday Gift Wrapping room and help perfectly package 2,500 toys. Or if you’re looking to be a part of a large community event, Westchester’s Christmas Day Dinner is looking for a few more helping hands and donations to assist with feeding hundreds of those in need on Christmas day. Click here for all Volunteer New York’s holiday opportunities.

Westchester Magazine, in addition to knowing where to snag your internship boss an office-appropriate holiday gift, knows where to volunteer in Westchester this winter. From a pajama drive at a local music and art venue to helping Habitat for Humanity build homes in the community, Westchester Magazine is making it easy for you to give joy to others. Click here for Westchester Magazine’s list of fundraisers and charities.

Last year, New York Cares granted 40,000 Winter Wishes to disadvantaged children, teens, and seniors. This year, they’ve already granted all their senior Wishes, but there’s still time to grant a Wish to a child or teen by December 10. New York Cares is also aiming to collect 100,000 gently used winter coats through December to donate to men, women, and children in need. And, in the true spirit of giving, they’ve provided a list of other worthy agencies hosting donation drives that need your help as well. Click here for all their holiday resources.

The Food Bank for New York City is feeding the need, literally, and has hundreds of opportunities through the holiday season for you to help provide food to your fellow New Yorkers. They’re looking for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach volunteers to assist in informing those in need of programs available to them, conducting calls, and sending materials to the community. For those who want to roll up their sleeves, there are also plenty of opportunities to volunteer in food pantries and community kitchens. Click here to search all of the Food Bank for New York City’s opportunities.

If you’re looking to put a smile on a child’s face and a toy in their hand, why not donate to the Marine Toys for Tots Program? Since its inception, the Toys for Tots Program has provided nearly 470 million toys to less fortunate children during the holiday seasons—that’s a lot of smiles and a lot of hope. Click here to find a Toys for Tots donation drop off location near you.

For those in a rush this holiday season, fear not. You don’t even have to leave the NYC Campus to do a good deed. CCAR is hosting a food drive to benefit the Food Bank for New York City. Items or monetary donations can be dropped off to 41 Park Row, 13th Floor, or can be scheduled for a pick-up by December 15. Click here for more information.