Ways to Help this Holiday Season 2023: A List of Charities and Programs that You Can Support TODAY!

If you are able to help a charity this holiday season here are some that would appreciate your support!

πŸ‘‰ Anglo East School District's FILL THE BUS is about filling a school bus with non-perishable food donations for the food bank. Any Anglo East School is happy to accept your food donation during FILL THE BUS... see this List of Schools and this Facebook post. Donate online Here. *UPDATE: a new record!!

πŸ‘‰ Moncton Headstart helps kids and families all year. At Christmas they run a Toyland for kids who wouldn't have a Christmas otherwise. You can donate time, toys, or money - see this link https://www.monctonheadstart.com/get-involved/community-outreach/

πŸ‘‰ What Kids Need is a charity dedicated to helping kids. At Christmas they collect and distribute toys and you can make a donation to help them make the world a better place. See their Facebook for ways to help https://www.facebook.com/whatkidsneedmoncton/
πŸ‘‰ Albert County Food Bank Christmas Aid registration is open now for Albert County families in need. Please call 506-386-1771 to register by Dec 8. Hours are from Monday to Friday between 10a and 4p. *Please have Medicare numbers for all family members.
See their Facebook for more https://www.facebook.com/albertcountyfoodbank
They appreciate your food donations at this time of year!! See their website for more details https://www.albertcountyfoodbank.com/donate-today

πŸ‘‰ The John Howard Society of Southeastern NB has a mission to ELEVATE people, EMPOWER change, and ENRICH our community through a number of programs and services. Right now the JHS SENB is helping 120 unhoused individuals in our area. You can help them help others by donating COATS, HATS, MITTS, SCARVES, BOOTS, SOCKS, TOWELS & BLANKETS for those in need. Drop-off locations are: 55 Mark Ave (24/7) ... 473 St. George Street (8a to 8p) ... 15 Flanders Court (9a to 4p) ... and the Community Hub at 140 Joyce Ave (9a to 4p)
You can also make a financial donation at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/john-howard-society-of-southeastern-new-brunswick-inc/
*Thanks to April for getting this info to us!

helps to feed hungry people, gives people dealing with homelessness a safe place to stay, helps addicted people get healthy, and even teaches skills to help folks get jobs and back on their feet.
-- Here is their Christmas Meal Campaign Donation Link  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/92920?v2=true 
Only $4.79 to provide a meal for someone!
-- Other Donations online HERE
-- Volunteer some of your time CLICK HERE
-- Donate items (maybe Winter clothes and boots!) Harvest House Office is at 108 High St
-- Or you can give over the phone by calling 506-855-0626

πŸ‘‰ YMCA Moncton's ReConnect Street Intervention Program helps at-risk people and people dealing with homelessness. You can give money, gift cards, hygiene products, anything is appreciated! For more information, please call Shannon Barry at 857-0606 ext 2285. CLICK HERE for more info. One of the big ReConnect fundraisers has been Battle of the Brains, a fun night of team trivia. Watch for it in the Spring!! (https://moncton.ymca.ca/about-us/contact-us/)

πŸ‘‰ Salvus Clinic on Church Street helps people who are: 1) going through homelessness, 2) dealing with poverty, 3) struggling with mental health issues and substance use, and more. You can donate time, money, or products to help people. Click their Facebook link or THIS WEBSITE to donate online.

πŸ‘‰ Christmas Food Boxes are a team effort from the Food Depot and the Peter McKee Food Centre in Moncton and will help people who depend on the Food Bank. If you or someone you know needs food support CLICK HERE to find some helping resources. Any time you need help with food in Moncton you can also call 506-383-4281 to make an appointment with the Peter McKee Food Centre (475 Saint George).
-- Help the Peter McKee Food Centre in Moncton: via e-transfer see HERE or via credit card HERE.
-- To donate to the Food Depot which supports Moncton and also a number of food banks in NB CLICK HERE.
-- To make another type of donation CLICK HERE for more info.
-- In past years, volunteers were needed to deliver food boxes. We assume it'll be that way again... check their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FoodDepotAlimentaire/
** Update Dec 14 2023 via the Times Transcript:
--- the Food Box program is only about half-way to their goal.
--- "Volunteers with the Peter McKee Community Food Centre will deliver 1,700 food boxes to families in Moncton on Dec. 20 ... Donations to the Christmas food box program may be made at branches of Advance Savings and Omista Credit Unions ..." (or donate online at the link we posted above πŸ‘†)
--- "Volunteers will be needed to deliver the boxes from the Coliseum at noon on Dec. 20."
πŸ‘‰Salisbury Helping Hands appreciates your donations! We recommend that you call them. In past years you could donate at:
-- Salisbury Helping Hands (64 Douglas Street). Try calling 506-372-9787.  *Note: Their website says they are open Tues and Wed from 10a to 4p but it hasn't been updated in a long time.
-- Salisbury Baptist (3128 Main Street) (506-372-5179)
πŸ‘‰ Atlantic Wellness gives free therapy to young people going through mental health issues. Please consider giving a donation to Atlantic Wellness in someone's name this Christmas!  CLICK HERE to donate online. Follow their new Facebook or stop in to 50 King St. To get some mental health help see HERE or call 506-382-0298.
** Update Dec 14, 2023: until Dec 31st, your donation will be matched by a corporate sponsor!

πŸ‘‰ How to Help the Salvation Army to help others:
1) See a Salvation Army Kettle somewhere around town? Put money in that kettle! Your donation will help families around here. Many kettles even have tap-to-pay!
2) Donate to Salvation Army Maritimes HERE. 
3) Donate to our Stuff-a-Bus Toy Drive! This year it happens Thurs Nov 30 and Fri Dec 1st 2023 from 6a to 6p. All donated toys go to the Salvation Army to help families in our region!
4) Volunteer for the Kettle Campaign https://salvationarmy.ca/blog/a-kettle-volunteers-checklist/ or check this local FACEBOOK POST
5) Spread the word about the Salvation Army! Watch their social media for events! Links below. 
πŸŽ… The Salvation Army Moncton Community & Family Services Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/SAMoncton?fref=ts)
πŸŽ… If you'd like to register to receive gifts from the Toys for Kids Program call 506-389-9901 or click to register before Dec 7th!! https://salvationarmy.ca/maritime/home/christmas/moncton/
πŸŽ… Here's a list of other Maritime locations: (https://salvationarmy.ca/maritime/home/locations/new-brunswick/)

πŸ‘‰ Canadian Blood Services hopes that you can donate blood this Christmas season! The need for blood is constant. Please book an appointment: 1-888-236-6283 or Blood.ca or get the free app (iphone) (android). Click HERE for more info. Our 2023 blog post HERE.
The #BeccaToldMeTo Holiday Blood Drive 2023 is happening now! (To learn more about Becca see this Facebook.) Please consider donating blood this holiday season.  
🩸Moncton Blood Donation Centre Hours are:
- Monday from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- Tuesday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Wednesday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Thursday from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
🩸 The Moncton donor centre is at at 500 Mapleton Road.
🩸 Get an appointment through the GiveBlood app (iphone) (android), call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or book at Blood.ca.
🩸 Check the CBS Moncton Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LifelineMoncton/
πŸ‘‰ St George's Anglican Church in downtown Moncton serves more than 2000 meals monthly. People use their shower facility more than 200 times per month, and their laundry facility more than 150 times per month. St George's also distributes warm clothes to people who spend their days in the cold with no place to go. This all happens because of donations of time, money, or goods. Right now, the St George's Breakfast Program is seeking donations of cans of coffee, tetra pack orange or apple juice, and sugar. Donation drop-off locations are:
1) St. George’s Anglican Church, 51 Church St, in Moncton, Monday to Friday from 8a to noon,
2) Dolphin Village Specialty Foods, 93 Dawson St in Dieppe,
3) Riverview Jean Coutu, 483 Coverdale Rd. 
Etransfer a donation marked “OUTREACH” to office@stgeorgesmoncton.ca.
Mail or drop off a cheque or cash to 51 Church St, Moncton, NB. E1C 4Z3. 
-- St. George's on Google Maps (51 Church Street). Office hours are Mon to Fri from 8a to noon.
πŸ‘‰ The Reverse Advent Calendar ... instead of opening a window and REMOVING something each day leading up to Christmas, you ADD one item to the box every day, then you donate that box of food to the Peter McKee Food Centre by 3pm on December 22nd. This is perfect for the Office, a Class Challenge at School, Church and Community Groups, or for Families who want to help this holiday season! Thanks for you support!!
Here's the list:
Dec 1 Cereal
Dec 2 Peanut Butter
Dec 3 Stuffing
Dec 4 Instant Potatoes
Dec 5 Macaroni
Dec 6 Canned Tomatoes
Dec 7 Canned Meat
Dec 8 Ketchup or Mayo
Dec 9 Applesauce
Dec 10 Canned Fruit
Dec 11 Pudding
Dec 12 Granola Bars
Dec 13 Cookies
Dec 14 Canned Tuna
Dec 15 Rice
Dec 16 Instant Oatmeal
Dec 17 Pasta
Dec 18 Spaghetti Sauce
Dec 19 Soup
Dec 20 Canned Stew
Dec 21 Canned Veggies
Dec 22 Jam
* PLEASE DROP OFF ON DEC 22 BY 3P (475 Saint George Street)

πŸ‘‰ This year's Turkey Drive happens over three days: Wed Nov 29, Thurs Nov 30, and Fri Dec 1 at the Saint George Blvd Fire Hall across from Centennial Park (800 St George Blvd).
It's a "Drive Through to Drop Off" situation between 10a and 7p each day. Then on Saturday, Dec 2nd, they will be open for donations from 10a to 4p! (via their Facebook)
You can also donate online at https://www.suestultzturkeydrive.com/ (Every $25 donated equals one turkey on the turkey tally.)
icymi, The turkey donation goal each year is set based on demand at our area food banks.
This year's goal is 3979. Check their website for the latest Turkey Tally© 
Did we miss something? Of course we did because there are TONS of causes who could use your support. Want to add yours to the list? Let us know!!