Holiday giving: Local organizations seek donations and volunteers

University of Iowa Hospitals
University of Iowa Hospitals is one of the many are organizations seeking donations. — photo by Anothertom via Flickr Creative Commons

This holiday season, there are plenty opportunities to donate time, gifts and money to local hospitals and nonprofits. Check out some of the requests below, and find out how you can brighten the holidays for those who need it most.

UI Children’s Hospital

Be a child’s secret Santa this year by gifting them items on the children’s wish list. Books, dolls, toys, gift cards, craft kits and clothing are all wanted. All physical donations must arrive by Monday, Dec. 22.

UI Hospitals and Clinics

The UI Hospital and Clinics has an ongoing list of special projects for individuals and families that want to volunteer to benefit hospital patients. There are many ways to volunteer, from writing ‘get well’ cards to patients, to knitting or sewing fleece bucket hats for newborn babies, to donating blood.

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Brighten the holidays of Iowa City’s most vulnerable by donating to DVIP. They have made a holiday wish list with items like bicycles, gift cards and children’s movies.

Dept. of Veterans Affairs’ Voluntary Services

Support local veterans by donating daily necessities such as shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant and pre-paid cell phones to the Iowa City VA Health Care System.

Johnson County Crisis Center

The Johnson County Crisis Center will serve holiday dinners to more than 4,000 community members as part of their 27th annual Project Holiday. They are asking for donations of $20 and are also looking for volunteers to help distribute holiday meals.

Shelter House

Shelter House has an ongoing for the donation of items such as cold medicine, blankets, pillows and personal hygiene products. Furniture and kitchenwares are also wanted for the Shelter House’s Fairweather Lodge Program.

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