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Volunteer opportunities endless for Christmas season

By Dawndy Mercer Plank - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's at this point in the year we're reminded of the need to volunteer and give to others.

One of our viewers called us to see if we knew a place where he and his family could donate their time.

"I just want to show them that you know life is not perfect," said Toby Wiggers "Not everybody has what we have. I want them to know giving is a good thing."

Wiggers is a military man having served in Iraq and Kosovo. He and his wife, Melody, want to demonstrate to their three children what it is to give their time, money and talents to those in need.

The possibilities for the Wiggers to volunteer this Christmas season are practically endless.

The Ronald McDonald House, a place for families to stay when their children are in the hospital, needs volunteers to come in and bake, wrap gifts and decorate.

The Families Helping Families warehouse relies on volunteers to wrap, sort and move gifts and boxes and do computer work.

This Christmas gift outreach program by the Palmetto Project would otherwise not exist.

"We have at least twenty people in here at all times every day," said Nell Killoy with Families Helping Families. "So without that, we couldn't do it."

Good Works in Chapin needs Christmas help. They're building another home for a needy family and could use the holiday cheer of volunteer electricians, plumbers and roofers.

Harvest Hope food bank would love to have you help distribute food.

Robert Keeder with St. Peter's Catholic Church is putting up fliers all over town so you can "Adopt-A-Bag" -- a program where your $10 buys the basics for the homeless. It's a great example to children like Cameron, Tyler and Dalton.

"They may hear about the poor," said Keeder. "They may see the homeless on the streets, but to interact with them one on one. We have kids that come in the hall from the shelters and you have the haves with the have nots."

The Salvation Army has 40 kettle sights around the Midlands with collection hours from 10am to 8pm. You can register online to ring that bell.

"If everybody gave a little bit, the whole world would be a better place," said Wiggers.

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