Give back: Volunteer with local charities this holiday season

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Maybe it’s the twinkling lights, sugar cookies, reminiscent songs we hear on the radio or the shiny toys — whatever it is, everyone wants to spread a little cheer when the holiday season comes around.

If you’re feeling charitable, there are plenty of places that could use your help. Here’s a list of some local programs you may be interested in:

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has a lot of things going on during the holidays.

Of course, you’ve seen the bell ringers outside grocery stores around this time of year. The iconic and largest annual campaign, the Red Kettle Campaign, has volunteers ring a bell of play music by yourself or with friends and family to spread cheer to area shoppers and collect donations. If you’re interested, call Kathy Jones at 336-901-0045.

Volunteers are also needed to assist in counting the amount raised in kettles the previous day. Time commitment is about three hours in the morning. The location is in Richmond.

You can also meet families coming to pick up Christmas gifts at the Salvation Army’s Christmas Warehouse. Volunteers assist in a variety of roles from shopping with families to arranging coats, sorting donations, distributing gifts to families and helping families load gifts. The time commitment is up to the volunteer and locations are in the Tri-Cities and Richmond.

Click here to fill out a volunteer interest form and a Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch.

The Henrico Christmas Mother

No experience necessary — just a warm smile, a caring heart and comfortable shoes are all you need.

Individual volunteers, youth groups, families or corporate teams can help a neighbor in need by organizing a food drive to collect goods to be distributed to families in need. To discover other ways for families, youth groups and children of all ages to help, click here or email for more information.


Also, if you and some friends or coworkers are interested in volunteering as a group at the warehouse, call 236-9741 or email

Toys for Tots

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

If you’re interested in volunteering, you can click here to submit a volunteer interest form.

If you’d like to donate a toy, click here to find donation locations.

You can also make your business a drop-off location for Toys for Tots donations. Click here to contact a local coordinator about your interest. Provide your name, phone number and address plus a description of your business. State that you want to volunteer to be a toy drop off location. Send the email and the coordinator will contact you.


Dominion Christmas Parade 


Dominion needs volunteers to be parade captains, parade division marshals, logistics coordinators and help with the Special Children’s Luncheon.

Click here to see job descriptions for volunteers. Dominion asks that volunteers be 18 and up. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and the parade goes on rain or shine!

Click here to email the parade’s volunteer coordinator for more information.


FeedMore is always in need of an extra pair of hands and welcomes your contribution of time.

Volunteers can do anything from prepare or pack meals, deliver Meals on Wheels, sort canned and boxed food items, assemble snacks and breakfast items to be delivered to schools, take calls and connect people with a food source, or help with special events.

Click here to fill out a volunteer application.

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