Giving Back this Holiday Season in Charleston


The holidays are a time to be thankful, thoughtful, and generous and also provide a great opportunity to teach our children how to give back to the community. Below you’ll find some wonderful ideas and organizations that you can support both this holiday season and year-round.

Please let us know in the comments below if we’ve missed an opportunity or organization!

Looking for some other family-friendly holiday fun? Check out our other holiday guides!

*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them.

Charleston Basket Brigade

Feeding hungry families is the mission of this organization.  A $30.00 donation buys roughly two turkeys; feeding two families, in what has become a very unusual year. 100% of your donation will go towards purchasing turkeys. You can contribute via their website or mail a check.

Toys For Tots 

Donate online, through CrowdFunding, or in memory of or in honor.

I Heart Hungry Kids

Founded in 2013 by Jackson Silverman (then age seven), I Heart Hungry Kids has empowered thousands of kids to fight childhood hunger, get involved, and give back to their community. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer including running a food drive and sponsoring an event.

Hearts for Summerville

Delivering Thanksgiving dinner to families in need as well as Christmas stockings for kids, you can help with pick-up and deliveries or sponsor a kid for Christmas. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Lowcountry Orphan Relief

The mission of Lowcountry Orphan Relief is to provide support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. The main way to volunteer is at our Distribution Center. This is where we sort, store, pack and distribute all donations for the children we are serving. There are also other ways to donate and get involved.

My Sister’s House

The mission of My Sister’s House is to provide services and resources to empower victims and their children of domestic violence to live free from abuse. Read more about getting involved as a volunteer.


The mission of HALOS is to provide support and advocacy to abused and neglected children and kinship caregivers. To find out how you can help, check here.

Lowcountry Food Bank

The Lowcountry Food Bank provides both the education and nutritious options needed by partner agencies and schools that serve our community’s most vulnerable. Find out how you can help here.

Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center

Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to creating communities in which children and families live free from abuse and are free to reach their full potential. Find out how you can get involved here. They have started their Year-End Donation Campaign and need YOUR help!

Lowcountry Blessing Box Project

Lowcountry Blessing Box Project has truly been a blessing for many people in the Lowcountry. Their goal is to place and maintain Blessing Boxes around the Lowcountry. Blessing boxes are stocked with non-perishable food items, basic toiletries, baby supplies, and anything else that might be considered a blessing to someone who finds themselves in need. Items are anonymously donated and anonymously received. A simple rule applies – Leave what you can, take what you need.

The Undergarment Society

A nonprofit collecting new bras and underwear for women in need through their “Party with a Purpose” initiative. If you are not ready to host a party but would like to help, please consider making a cash donation in any amount that fits your budget.


Donate turkeys, hams + monetary contributionsYou can also make monetary donations as well as volunteer virtually!

Going Places

Its mission is to provide disadvantaged kids with their most basic childhood right- A right to Joy. There are a variety of ways that you can donate including a fiscal donation, spreading the word, and supporting one of their events.

East Cooper Community Outreach

Sign up to adopt a family through ECCO’s Christmas Assistance Program! Each year, with the support of the community, ECCO helps to brighten the holiday season for more than 350 children living below the poverty line in East Cooper communities.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree of Charleston

The Salvation Army offers Christmas Assistance in the Trident region through our Angel Tree program, providing gifts and toys for children.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

OLM’s mission is to encourage and support self-sufficiency and self-worth for people in need in our community through education, wellness, and outreach services. You can help by volunteering your time in a variety of ways or through financial donations. Find out more here. 

Uplift Charleston

Committed to uplifting Charleston, SC and will strive to help the homeless and those in need by providing donations from our communities. Donate new or gently used coats to those in need. Check here for drop-off locations.

The Mobile Giving Machine

Bring your family and friends to this one-of-a-kind global giving experience near Historic Charleston City Market and help a local nonprofit serving our community and many more around the world. The mission of the Mobile Giving Machine is “to identify innovative strategies to address the social and economic challenges facing our state, and put them into action.” Ribbon cutting ceremony (and hot cocoa) will be held on December 19 at 11 am. It will be there through December 23, Monday – Wednesday, 10 am – 9 pm, and Thursday & Friday, 10 am – 11 pm.


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