FCF Hoosier Holiday Gift Guide Day 13:Giving Feels Good

Tis the season for giving, right? So we here at funcityfinder.com in Indianapolis felt that on top of giving you the best we’ve got when it comes to what’s going on in the Circle City, we will give you a little help in trying to find that perfect gift for the special someone on your list. On December 4, and  the next twenty days we will give you twenty ways to show you truly care. In the true spirit of Hoosier pride, we will try to suggest only that which is home-grown or handmade right here in Indiana.

Day 1-the binding bee
Day 2- Tickets for Sports of All Sorts
Day 3- Indy Eateries
Day 4- Arts for Young Hearts and Old Farts
Day 5- Better Body Longer Life
Day6- Many a Museum
Day 7- The Village Experience
Day 8- Four Legged Friends
Day 9- A Gift that takes Center Stage
Day 10- A Day to get Away
Day 11- Big Hat Books
Day 12- Butler’s Best

Day 13- Giving Feels Good

For those of you who love to bring joy to others, yet your gift giving list is filled with nothing but naughty people this year, I have the perfect solution for you. Give to the needy. This is something you can do on a global scale, but starting at home helps most. Right here in Indy you can find plenty of charities, shelters, donation centers and outreach programs to help your fellow Hoosier.

First off, let’s talk a little addition by subtraction. Go through your closet this weekend and pull out all of the clothing you have not worn in over a year. If you are honest with yourself you will find that you have a ton of clothing your keeping for little more than a wish or a memory. Let that clothing become a new memory for someone else this Christmas season.

All over Indiana there are Salvation Army stores that will gladly take your gently used items and sell them to individuals who could not afford the clothing brand new. This goes for furniture and home goods as well. To find out ways to give, visit the Salvation Army’s Web site right now.

Get the whole family involved and show your Indianapolis children what the true Christmas spirit is all about. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen on or around Christmas day and experience the joy of giving and not just getting. To find a local charity or soup kitchen in need of help this holiday season visit ServiceNation.org. No matter where you are located in Indiana, or even if you are traveling somewhere else in the country for Christmas, it will show you were and how you can make a difference.

Other Indianapolis charities that could use your help and donations this time of year are The Julian Center for women and children, the Wheeler Mission and the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul to name a few.

The Julian Center is a nonprofit agency providing counseling, safe shelter, and education for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises. Through outreach and consultation, we also seek to educate the community about the issue of domestic violence and its impact on all our lives. To see how you can make a difference visit their “Get Involved Page.”

Wheeler Mission Ministriesis a non-denominational, Christian, social services organization, which provides critically needed goods and services to homeless, poor, and needy of central Indiana without regard to race, color, creed, national origin or religion. Wheeler is not a church, but does cooperate with many different churches that are concerned about poverty and homelessness in the inner city.  To find out how you can best help the Wheeler Mission visit their donation page.

Society of St. Vincent dePaul offers assistance to those who have fallen upon times of hardship and personal crisis. Ways in which SVdP helps include providing food, clothing, housing assistance, utility assistance, furniture, and bus tokens. SVdP is an international organization of lay people with presence in over 135 countries. In Indianapolis, SVdP has been serving people in need since the early 1900’s. Visit their Volunteer’s page for opportunities to help those in need.

One more Indianapolis community institution that everyone should look into helping is the Riley Hospital for Children. the hospital changes lives everyday, and during the Christmas season, they ask that you help changes the lives of a few of their patients and loved ones. Take a look at their book donation program and see how you can help.

It always feels good to give during the Christmas season. But, sometimes we feel as though we are only giving because we are obligated to. Give a gift of time, money or items to someone you may never meet. You’ll find that in giving you will get the best gift in return, the feeling that you are making a difference for the sake of doing good.

These are just a few of the Indianapolis Charities looking for donations and help during this holiday season. If you know of anymore please add a comment to the bottom of this article so that others can get involved and help as well.