During the holiday season, charities go into overdrive. The demand for low-income and impoverished families increases, and greater resources are needed than during any other time of the year. By relying upon the generous hearts of others, these charities make dreams come true every holiday season.

Those who are driven to give back this holiday season may find a cause that resonates with them in one of these charities. 

Make a Wish Foundation
The Make a Wish Foundation grants the wishes of sick children year-round, but there’s something particularly magical about bringing a child’s biggest Christmas wish to life. Children with life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 2-1/2 to 18 are allowed to be nominated for a wish.

Those wishing to donate can provide resources directly to the foundation, including gift-matching, donating airline miles, and funding a wish through the charity’s Adopt-a-Wish program.

Prison Fellowship Organization
Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to live in poverty, let alone those who have both parents behind bars. The Prison Fellowship Organization believes in restoring hope and happiness to the children of inmates. Their seasonal “Angel Tree” program serves as a reminder that they are loved, valuable, and special regardless of their family situation.

Donors may contribute to the charity’s website that will go toward providing gifts and a free Bible to children of prisoners.

Christmas Spirit Foundation
The Christmas Spirit Foundation is all about bringing the spirit of the holidays to those who sacrifice themselves through service year-round. The organization’s Tree for Troops program delivers Christmas trees and to troops stationed around the globe, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

Men and women serving overseas are prone to depression during the holidays, wondering what it must be like for their families back home. Although it doesn’t make up for not being with their loved ones for Christmas, a real Christmas tree can bring them a sense of connection that lifts their spirits.

Charitable contributions are not measured by the size of the donation; it’s the meaning behind them that truly counts. Anyone who wishes to bring happiness to others during the holiday season should ask what causes are close to their heart and identify the greatest need in their communities. By making contributions personal, the spirit of giving becomes much more rewarding and meaningful.