Spreading Christmas Cheer through the year is what we do here at the North Pole. Yet, there is so much more that could be done. You can be an honorary elf in many ways. Here are a few organizations you might choose to volunteer in, donate to, or help raise funds for, that help children and others around the world.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement with approximately 17 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide which was founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering.
Operation Christmas Child was created in 1990. Each November thousands of churches, schools, groups and individual donors prepare and collect shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other small gifts. These are given to children based on need alone, regardless of their faith. These boxes are then distributed overseas by volunteers.
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization which works in 71 countries across the world, in Africa, the Americas, and Asia to advance children’s rights and equality for girls.
Compassion International is a Christian humanitarian aid child sponsorship organization dedicated to the long-term development of children living in poverty around the world.
Salvation Army - the traditional red kettle is a part of the Christmas season. Millions of dollars are donated each year for Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Volunteers collect donations and distribute gifts so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.
Make-A-Wish Foundation - founded in the United States this foundation with help of donations an volunteers, arranges experiences described as "wishes" to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947.
Angel Tree is a Prison Fellowship program that gives parents behind bars a way to restore and strengthen relationships with their children through a tangible experience delivering Christmas gifts and hope to children of prisoners.
The Children's Wish Foundation - a registered national Canadian charitable organization whose mission is to fulfill the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.
The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 125 countries around the world.
The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families