As children, we often think of the holiday season- no matter what religion we might believe in or not believe in- as a time of “receiving.” Receiving gifts, receiving cards, receiving food, receiving extra attention. As we grow older and learn more about the world around us, however, we realize how incredibly lucky we are just to have a roof over our heads and food on the table. As we become adults, we come to realize that the true joy of the season comes from giving rather than receiving. We give to our family, friends, coworkers, teachers, etc., as a symbol of our appreciation for them and hoping to bring a little bit of joy into their lives. But it is important to remember how fortunate we are, and also give to those who are less fortunate. We should be generous all year long because there is need all year long, but during the holiday season when there is so much emphasis on “receiving,” it is especially important to remember the “giving” and help those in need. Here in the Rio Grande Valley, you do not have to look far to find organizations and groups that are in need of your compassion and generosity. The McAllen Public Library believes strongly in service to our community, and part of the way we constantly strive to meet that goal is by running various food and school supply drives throughout the year.
The following are some local charitable organizations that are gladly accepting donations. Click on the link for more information. Also, check out Charity Navigator, which is an online directory of charities with ratings and financial information. Smaller charitable organizations are not included, but you can find details on larger charities.
- AIM Media Texas Charities
- CASA – Advocates for Children of Hidalgo County
- Easter Seals Rio Grande Valley
- Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley
- Palm Valley Animal Center
- Ronald McDonald House Charities – Rio Grande Valley
- Sacred Heart Respite Center (for a list of needed items, see here)
- Salvation Army – McAllen
- Sunny Glen Children’s Home
- Texas Civil Rights Project
- Tim’s Coats
- Toys for Tots
- United Way of South Texas
- VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System