The holidays are just around the corner ! It is a time for you and your family to enjoy time together, make special memories and celebrate. This is specially true for kids around the world that await with anticipation of the perfect gift and all their wishes to come true from our beloved Santa that will slide down the chimney to deliver.
For many children, however, those picture-perfect images are often all too quickly replaced with the harsh realities of life. For many children there isn’t a tree to decorate or a favorite toy to wish for. Their wishes are “get well”, “stay strong”, “help my mom and dad”, made in cold hospitals, low income homes, high poverty areas and hard family situations. This post is for all those children out there that deserve to joyfully celebrate the holidays as much as all of us. Well I say, let’s put a smile at those beautiful faces and warmth in their hearts.
Below you will find our selection of some children charities to help us achieve that.
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Save the Children
- Make a Wish
- Children International
- No Kid Hungry
- Wheels for Wishes
- Children’s Health Fund
- Prevent Child Abuse
- Locks Of Love
- Lunchbox Fund
1. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
2. Save the Children
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future.
In the United States and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
3. Make a Wish
When children are battling a critical illness, so much of normal childhood is taken away from them — it is exhausting, both emotionally and physically. A wish is something that gives children the opportunity to look outside their illness — it restores a sense of childhood back to the child and normalcy back to the family.
4. Children International
Growing up in poverty, children face tough challenges: hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and medical services, social discrimination and isolation. But with support from people like you, we can help children get the health care, education, life skills, job-readiness training and confidence they need to create lasting change in their lives and communities. Together, we can end poverty for good.
5. No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. After 25 years of successfully investing in local nonprofits and helping find the best approaches to eradicating poverty and hunger, Share Our Strength launched No Kid Hungry in 2010.
As a child hunger organization, ending childhood hunger is our primary focus, though Share Our Strength continues to invest in and develop other campaigns.
In our work, the team at Share Our Strength believes in some specific values. We strive to be bold; we have a clear mission and ambitious goals. We believe everyone has a strength to share and we try to mobilize people. We demand a diversity of ideas, people and communities, which leads to stronger solutions. We believe in always being inventive – trying new things and challenging the status quo. Last but not least, we value doing good work and have a good time while we’re at it.
6. Wheels for Wishes
Wheels For Wishes believes that every child, no matter his or her health, deserves a chance to have a happy and fulfilling childhood. By donating your vehicle, we are able to raise funds to support Make-A-Wish chapters in locations throughout the country, helping grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. A wish is an opportunity for a child to focus on something other than their medical routines, and be a kid again.
7. Children’s Health Fund
Children’s Health Fund uses a fleet of more than 50 mobile medical clinics, telehealth, and more than 500 schools, homeless shelters, and other community sites to provide comprehensive health and wrap-around services to children and families in some of the most hard-to-reach areas across the country, from urban to rural.
8. Prevent Child Abuse
Evidence shows that children’s early experiences impact them throughout life—positively and negatively. Kids raised in safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are more likely to enjoy good physical and mental health and succeed academically and socially. Children who grow up happy and healthy also go on to contribute to economic prosperity for everyone. Child abuse and neglect prevention is possible, are the crucial issues we address every day.
Prevent Child Abuse America is the nation’s oldest and largest organization committed to preventing child abuse and neglect before it happens. We promote programs and resources informed by science that enable kids, families, and entire communities to thrive.
9. Locks Of Love
Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children free of charge.
10. Lunchbox Fund
The Lunchbox Fund helps vulnerable and food-insecure children in South Africa get the education they desperately need to build a life free of poverty.
We provide a nutritious daily school meal to children who would otherwise go hungry. This meal encourages children to attend school and enables them to concentrate and learn while they are there. Children are supported at all stages of their education – from pre-school, through to primary and secondary school and after-school programs.