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.

Looking for some other family-friendly holiday fun? Check out all the holiday events going on around Charleston including festivalstree lightingsholiday productions, and more!

*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.

Christmas to Local Children

The holidays are a magical and fun time, but sadly not everyone is able to enjoy this time of year. This is why we’ve come up with a Christmas Party! We are partnering up with Destiny Community Café to bring Christmas to local children!

December 15, 1 pm Destiny Community Cafe, 5060 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, 29418

Operation Fir

Operation Fir was created to provide families in need with a Christmas tree and all the trimmings–lights, stand, ornaments, skirt, and tree topper.

Follow their Facebook page for details on this year’s initiative.

Charleston Basket Brigade

Close friends Michelle Scarafile and Pam Hartley began The Charleston Basket Brigade in 2008 with a commitment to bring the community together to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need in Charleston. This year’s assembly will start at 7 am Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Exhibit Hall C (5000 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418). and deliveries will begin shortly thereafter.

Toys For Tots 

Donate a new and unwrapped toy at one of the Charleston area’s many drop-off locations!

I Heart Hungry Kids

Founded in 2013 by Jackson Silverman (then age 7), I Heart Hungry Kids has empowered thousands of kids to fight childhood hunger, get involved, and give back to their community.

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.

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.

Burn for Bras

The Undergarment Society is partnering with communities in school and is in need of new sports bras for middle school girls and women in the local Charleston area. This organization focuses on women’s empowerment and providing the resources for women and girls who are victims of domestic violence and unsafe conditions.

There will be collection baskets at each Charleston area Burn Boot Camp location to donate.

The Giving Rack by Subtle & Sass

We believe that every woman deserves a killer wardrobe, regardless of finances or life situation. That’s why we created The Giving Rack program. We manifest our Giving Rack program in several ways. Through free personal styling sessions for local, disadvantaged women who could use a blessing. Women are gifted their items for free and receive the same memorable styling experience we offer our customers. Through donations to local fundraising events for a variety of charities.

No Diaper Wet Behind | Moms on a Mission Diaper Drive

One in three women in the United States experience diaper need, meaning they lack a sufficient supply of diapers to keep their children clean, dry and healthy.

During the month of giving thanks, join Fit4Mom Charleston as we support our fellow moms of the Lowcountry, as we collect disposable diapers, wipes and diaper cream to donate to the Junior League of Charleston Diaper Bank.

For this #momsonamission campaign, join us at any class during the month of November, where your instructor will have a collection bin for:
-disposable diapers of any type, size or brand (opened packages are acceptable if labeled with size!)
-unopened, unused wipes and diaper cream

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