better to give webThis time of year is perfect for reaching out to help those who are not as blessed as we are. Herein are several organizations that target needy families and people.  You can give of your time or money or goods.

Holiday Hope Chests
Volunteers needed to donate wrapped shoeboxes filled with age appropriate items for needy Lehigh Valley children. This program is coordinated by the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley and can be a project for large or small groups, clubs, classes, families and individuals. To participate, visit their website ( and fill out a 2017 Donor Pledge Form. Filled shoeboxes may be dropped off at UGI Auditorium, 2121 City Line Ave., in Bethlehem from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 28-30 or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Center for Vision Loss
The Allentown location needs volunteers to be “Annie’s Angels” to perform home visits, read mail and provide companionship. Volunteers will drive customers to doctor appointments, shopping destinations and center activities. Hours are flexible and determined by need. Training is provided. Call Rita Lang at 610-433- 6018 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lehigh Valley Zoo
The zoo needs volunteers to help with their Winter Light Spectacular every Wednesday through Sunday -- except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day -- from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. now to Dec. 31. Volunteers help with games, activities, snack stands, costumed characters, parking, fire pits and admission. All opportunities are outdoors, which means volunteers should dress weather appropriate. Call Julia Bieski 610-799- 4171 or
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The Gress Mountain Ranch
The Orefield-based animal sanctuary is home to more than 70 former pets and farm animals rescued from abuse or neglect. Volunteers are “desperately” needed to feed and provide water for ranch animals, perform environmental clean-up and work on ground maintenance, including winterizing pens and wiring roof for turkey pens. Animals need tending every day of the year. Call Kathryn Gress at 610-398-2122 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Salvation Army
The Allentown location needs responsible, reliable and trustworthy volunteers for its 2019 Red Kettle Bell Ringing Campaign. Volunteers must relate well with the public, have a desire to help raise funds, be able to stand for a four-hour shift and ring a hand bell. Those helping must wear weather-appropriate clothing for the outdoors and provide their own transportation to The Salvation Army on North Eighth Street. A brief training orientation will be provided. Call Juan Mercado at 610-432-0128 or email
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