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New York City is constantly hustling and bustling – but the city takes it to a whole new level during the holidays. On every street corner you can find volunteers working to bring in donations for good causes as December draws on, ringing bells and music as they talk to the crowds. It’s a magical time in the city, but a hard time for others who are in need. And what a great way to make your donations count than by giving to charities who will take those donations far.


Here are a list of wonderful charities known both locally and nationally that are helping New York City residents have the celebration they deserve in 2017.


New York Cares Coat Drive

For anyone who has a gently used or brand new jacket that you’re not using, don’t return it or give it to your siblings who already have jackets! Take it to one of the many drop-off locations for New York Cares. Their coat drive brings in clothing for those who don’t have the warmth of a jacket. Can’t make it to the locations? Text COAT to 41444 and donate $20 to cover the cost of a coat.


Toys for Tots

This beloved charity has been gifting toys to families in need for many years. Keep the giving spirit alive this year by helping them bring in any old, gently used, or brand new (unwrapped) toys from now through the end of December. This program works in partnership with the US Marine Corps and is nationally recognized as one of the top charities during the holiday season.


Macy’s Believe Campaign for Make-A-Wish

As if Macy’s wasn’t magical enough this time of year in NYC! Once again, the well-known retailer is joining forces with Make-A-Wish to give hope and joy to children who are critically ill. Different than your regular donations, families who wish to give to this cause must write a letter addressed to Santa and deliver it to Macy’s. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1, all the way to $1 million, all to Make-A-Wish.


If you can, please help those less fortunate than us this winter. There are so many young children and families that can use a hot meal, a warm jacket, and a fuller heart. For more information on New York charities, you can check out this great list from New York Magazine, as well as visit my site,, for more about the city’s activities.