Giving Back in Charleston this Holiday Season

Sorting Food for Donations

Sorting Food for Donations

Giving back this holiday season will be the greatest gift you can receive 🎁

Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us. This time of year is all about spending quality moments with loved ones, eating delicious meals, exchanging gifts, and enjoying a few days off of work - it doesn't get much better than that! However, the holidays aren't so easy for many in the Lowcountry. We sometimes get so caught up in the hustle + bustle of the holidays that we forget those who are not as fortunate as we are. There are numerous organizations in Charleston that you can help, donate, and/or volunteer to help those who are sick, hungry, lonely, or in any need of assistance during the holiday season and beyond.

It's the season of giving, and we've put together a list of ways we can all give back to our Charleston community:

Kindness Crews-Aide

The WEZL's 103 Acts of Kindness Crews-Aide with Ric Rush, thanks to Crews Chevrolet, is here to give back to the people of Charleston in every way.

Do you know someone that could use a little kindness? Let us know! 103.5 WEZL wants to help, if we can. Maybe you know someone that needs something that we haven't even thought about yet. We want you to tell us about it! Whether it's helping out with a specific need...Random Acts of Kindness ...or bringing the Lowcountry together for a cause...that's what our 103 Acts of Kindness Crews-Aide is all about!

Click here to nominate someone.

The Blood Connection

The Blood Connection Center in Charleston will not be open until 2020; however, they host many mobile blood drives throughout various parts of the Lowcountry for you to donate! The mission of The Blood Connection is to provide hospitals and healthcare partners in the community with safe, cost-effective blood supplies. One donation of blood can help save three lives. The Blood Connection makes giving blood easy, and you can help save lives in the Charleston community!

Find a blood drive in Charleston here.

One80 Place

One80 Place works to end and prevent homelessness by providing more than just housing and meals. They offer housing assistance, healthcare, job opportunities, and legal services to help visitors become self-sufficient. 980 individuals left One80 Place with a home of their own in 2018, while 256 became employed. Approximately 160 men, women, and children stay at the shelter per night. You can help One80 Place continue to make a difference in people's lives by serving a meal, organizing a food + supply drive, or donating.

Donate here, or learn how you can volunteer here.

Lowcountry Food Bank

The Lowcountry Food Bank serves ten coastal counties in South Carolina, and has a distribution center in Charleston. One of five children in our area rely on soup kitchens and pantries for dinner. Help the Lowcountry Food Bank knock out hunger by donating or volunteering. 31,200,000 pounds of food were distributed and 200,000 people were served in 2018 through various programs like School Pantry, Backpack Buddies, Senior Meals, and more. To give back, you can host a drive, volunteer at the kitchen, distribution center, or with special events, or donate.

Donate here, or learn how you can volunteer here.

MUSC Radiothon

WEZL and Y102.5 Cares for Kids Radiothon will be Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th. Tune into 103.5 or Y102.5 from 6:00AM until 7:00PM on both days to hear heartwarming stories of some special patients at MUSC Children's Hospital. Call 1-800-478-4090, or text WEZL or Y1025 to 51555 to make a pledge and show your support

Summerville Miracle League

The Summerville Miracle League's purpose is to enhance the lives of those with special needs, primarily through baseball. It provides disabled individuals an opportunity to experience the joy and benefits from playing a sport. The Summerville Miracle League relies on volunteers to assist with the games. Volunteers could umpire, sing the National Anthem, be a buddy to the players, and help in just about any way!

Donate, register a player, or volunteer here.

Charleston Animal Society

The Charleston Animal Society is Charleston's Most Honored Charity, and has been preventing animal cruelty since 1874. The animal shelter rescues hundreds of dogs and cats, and takes care of them until they find their forever home. They host numerous events, like Paws in the Park, Pet Walks, and other fundraisers, to raise money and awareness for their mission. However, volunteers, supplies, and donations are always accepted. And if you're thinking of adding a new member to your family, adopt from the Charleston Animal Society.

Donate here, learn how you can volunteer here, or adopt.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels

East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers over 400 meals daily to homebound neighbors in the Lowcountry. Recipients will receive a hot, midday meal at their door every weekday. They work especially hard during the holiday season to ensure that no neighbor is forgotten or hungry. East Cooper Meals on Wheels relies on volunteers to help prepare and deliver meals. Other services are available, such as breakfast bags and animal food drop offs.

Donate here, or learn how you can volunteer.

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