As the holiday season approaches, Utah nonprofit organizations and businesses seek help to provide goods and services they supply to the needy this time of year. Groups seeking donations of time, money and specific items include:
Herriman Library • The library will collect donations for The Road Home shelters in Salt Lake City and Midvale through Dec. 16. Clothing donated should be new or gently used. Especially needed is winter gear for all ages (hats, gloves, socks). Also needed are baby items (bottles, formula, diapers, wipes); personal hygiene items (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant); blankets and bath towels. For more information call 801-944-7680, or visit http://www.slcolibrary.org/gl/glal/libraryHerriman.htm.
SLC Bicycle Collective• The collective will donate up to 210 children's bikes through Dec. 20. It accepts donations of bikes and bike parts in any condition and appreciates financial donations to help underwrite its nonprofit programs such as Earn-A-Bike or the Goodwill Bicycle Program for refugees and other people in need. Visit http://www.bicyclecollective.org/en/locations-a-hours/salt-lake-city for information.
Operation Cover Up • Firefighters statewide are collecting donations of blankets, coats, hats and gloves to benefit recipients at the Road Home, the Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services, Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Christmas Box House and other organizations that help those in need Donations will be collected throughout December at fire stations throughout the state. For more information, contact Jasen Asay, 801-799-4125 or email@example.com.
Youth Services Angel Tree Campaign • Abused, neglected and at-risk teens served by Salt Lake County Youth Services will be the beneficiaries of the county's annual Angel Tree Campaign. Angel trees displaying handcrafted ornaments donated by volunteers and youth participating in Youth Services programs are located in the Salt Lake County Government Center North building atrium. Salt Lake County employees and members of the community are encouraged to select an ornament that represents a gift for a youth. Gifts then should be dropped off at the Salt Lake County Mayor's Office by Dec. 19 for distribution before the holidays. For more information, call Mike Varanakis at 385-468-4506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warm Bodies, Warm Souls • Bank of Utah plans to warm up Utah families in need this holiday season by sponsoring its annual Warm Bodies, Warm Souls coat drive. The public is invited to donate new and gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, blankets and other cold-weather accessories at Bank of Utah's 18 branches and mortgage loan offices. For more information and location addresses, visit bit.ly/1eq4mXP.
Smith's Food & Drug Holiday Giving Program • Now through Dec. 28, cashiers at Smith's Food & Drug stores will ask customers to add $1, $5 or $10 to their orders. All donations will be converted to Smith's gift cards and given to Utah food banks to buy meat, grocery items, dairy or other items at Smith's cost. Visit http://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com or http://www.facebook.com/Smiths for information.
Utah State Hospital • The hospital's Forgotten Patients Program provides Christmas gifts for patients. Patients make up a list of what they would like for Christmas, and the sponsor purchases some or all of those items, wraps and delivers them to the hospital. Anyone interested in sponsoring a patient can contact Shawna Peterson, director of volunteer services, 801-344-4254, email@example.com. Visit 1.usa.gov/18gkI6n.
Office of Public Guardian • The Utah Office of Public Guardian provides guardianship or conservatorship services to adults who are unable to make basic decisions for themselves. Most clients live in nursing or group homes and have no families. If you would like to provide simple items such as bedding, socks, slippers, sweats, gift cards, etc., for them for the holidays, call 801-538-8255.
International Rescue Committee • The committee's Light One Candle Program encourages people to adopt families for the holidays and deliver gifts Dec. 2-18 at the IRC office, 221 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City. Volunteer opportunities are available to sort and wrap gifts or distribute the gifts on Dec. 21. For information, contact Geoffrey Lugli at Geoffrey.Lugli@rescue.org or at 801-883-8457.
Businesses and organizations should send additional requests for help with goods and services to firstname.lastname@example.org.