Holiday Ideas from Central Ohio Nonprofits

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The Inspire team is grateful to work with several dedicated nonprofit organizations in central Ohio. To recognize their hard work, we are sharing how each organization is serving and bringing joy to their communities this holiday season.

Lutheran Social Services

Lutheran Social Services serves thousands of people each day in 27 Ohio counties by focusing on the core societal issues of hunger, housing, healing and hope. LSS offers food through the LSS Food Pantries, homeless services through Faith Mission in Franklin and Fairfield counties, domestic violence services through CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, senior living, affordable housing communities and other programs and services that uplift families and strengthen communities

For the holidays this year, LSS is bringing joy to Faith Mission and CHOICES clients through their Deck the Halls event. This annual event provides gifts to men, women and children in the community who are utilizing services from LSS. The donation period for this event closed on December 11, but you can still donate to LSS this holiday season. Any donation helps provide nutritious food, safe shelter and hope and healing to Ohioans in counties LSS serves.

Ohio Association of Foodbanks

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks’ mission is to assist Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks in providing food and other resources to people in need, and to pursue areas of common interest for the benefit of people in need.

The holidays are always a time where foodbanks see an increase in the number of people needing assistance. This year will be no exception with the pandemic already driving record numbers of folks to local foodbanks. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is partnering with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and his wife, Fran, to highlight foodbanks throughout December. In addition, through a partnership with several Ohio agriculture commodity groups, the Association is putting together a video that highlights how the foodbanks leverage food donations for Ohioans in need.

If you are interested in donating to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks this season, you can do so here.

St. Vincent Family Center

St. Vincent Family Center, a 150-year-old organization on Columbus' Near East Side and leading provider of pediatric behavioral healthcare, delivers quality care to over 5,500 children and families each year – on-site in their Children’s Residential Treatment Center, in their classrooms at St. Vincent Prep Academy, inside schools and early learning centers and across the state through outpatient consultation, therapy and counseling. The organization specializes in increasing positive behaviors in children, strengthening family relationships, and working with families affected by trauma.

This holiday season, St. Vincent Family Center offered the community an Adopt-a-Family program to give the children and families they serve a holiday to remember. While the program has closed, you can still donate to St. Vincent Family Center to ensure their behavioral health services continue to support the long-term success of Ohio children and their families at home, in school and in life. 

Garrett Recovery Housing

Garrett Recovery was founded to provide the resources, hope and love those struggling with addiction need to find a path to recovery. In addition to sober living, Garrett Recovery provides compassionate care and basic necessities through its drop-in resource center. For about 15 hours a week, the HOPE Resource Center opens its doors to women and transgenders struggling with addiction in the Hilltop.

This year for the holidays, Garrett Recovery is hosting a winter outerwear clothing drive through December 31. This drive seeks coats, gloves, hats, long underwear for both men and women. In addition, on December 21, the organization is hosting a holiday meal for its clients in partnership with their neighbor, Faith Community Church. To keep everyone safe, the organization will follow COVID-19 protocol and ensure social distancing as it seats and serves only 17 people at a time in the church hall as well as offer meals to-go. Garrett Recovery is requesting donations of turkey, ham, casseroles, drinks, and or/monetary donations to help make this a nice event for their clients this holiday season. Visit them on Facebook to learn more and make a donation.