translated from Spanish: Options to donate clothes, toys and food at this time

For many people, the holiday season is the ideal time to share with family and loved ones, but it is also a time of solidarity and to look for ways to help others.
Therefore, we recommend the Christmas projects of some associations with which you can contribute, to improve even a little, the lives of people and animals in vulnerable situations.
Christmas Smiles
It is an initiative that was born 11 years ago, so due to a family emergency the founders had to spend Christmas in the waiting room of a hospital. From that experience, the idea of handing out coffee, biscuits and food to people in the same situation arose.
This group also gives dinners to people in a street situation.
This year they can join the initiative in the following ways:
Donating in kind
Helping cook
Donating cash
Making good wishes cards
Helping to distribute
Helping bring volunteers and/or food
More information can be found here.
Spreading Will
It is a civil association that carries out different social assistance activities mainly in Veracruz. One of its priorities is the attention to basic subsistence requirements of food and clothing.
Although they have solidarity initiatives all year round, at this time they have the so-called «They are wanted For Three Wise Men», where volunteers write to them by mail and send a letter that must be filled to later bring the gift to The Park of Mexico on Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22.
There is also the possibility of accompanying them to deliver the gifts to Veracruz from January 3to 5.
If they don’t get to donate toys for the Three Wise Men campaign, they have other initiatives like «Backpack of Change», to donate a backpack with school supplies and «Give another use to what you no longer use», to donate things like clothes, blankets, jackets, shoes and toys.
You can contact them through their site or on social networks.

Community of Sant’Egidio
It is an international movement present in more than 70 countries of the world founded in 1968.
One of the activities of this community at this time of year is to serve Christmas meals to people on low resources, especially those on the street.
You can support yourself by donating money or volunteering on this initiative.
For more information, please visit their Facebook page.
Change a destination
The institution was founded in 1984 by Antonio Haghenbeck and the Lama. In 2000, the Change a Destination program was lastarted, in which rescue, medical care, sterilization, animal awareness and adoption activities were carried out.
They can be collaborated with by financial donations, in kind or by volunteering, they have events all year round.
Refugee house
It is an organization that promotes the rights of people on the move (PEM) as refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons and migrants.
It has education programmes for solidarity and integration where they carry out various activities to raise awareness and mobilize society in the defense of the rights of people on the move.
They also develop projects to provide assistance and accompaniment for local integration of THE MEPs.
This organization can be helped in different ways: Through year-round donations of products such as non-perishable foods, personal hygiene items, blankets and mats.
Professional internships, social service or volunteering can also be carried out.
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