Vanity Hill, center, joins some of the more than 2,000 volunteers for the annual Hosea Feed the Homeless Christmas dinner to help serve meals for more than 5,000 homeless people at the Georgia World Congress Center on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, in Atlanta. 
Photo: David Tulis/AJC Special
Photo: David Tulis/AJC Special

6 ways kids, families can volunteer this holiday season in Atlanta

Giving can be just as rewarding as receiving.

This Christmas, plenty of families can use a helping hand. Here’s a list of organizations offering volunteer opportunities for individuals and families who would like to add a little more cheer for those in need this season. 

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Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters

Furkids is one of the only animal rescue groups in Georgia that encourages kids to participate in their volunteer projects. This season, among other opportunities, they are seeking young volunteers to help pet owners stage their pets with Santa for a Christmas keepsake photo. Adult volunteers are also needed: someone has to wear the Santa costume! This event takes place at select Furkids adoption centers in metro Atlanta. Learn more.

Image courtesy of Furkids.

Lift Up Atlanta Christmas Toy Drive

Your family can help kids in need by organizing your own toy drive. You can drop off the toys at a variety of convenient locations. Help is also needed for sorting and packaging the collected items. Learn more.

Hosea’s Feed the Homeless Christmas Dinner

Many families enjoy volunteering at this traditional Atlanta event, where up to 2,000 families will have access to a hot dinner, haircuts and hair styling, clothing, medical services and more. Volunteers will also deliver over 4,000 meals to senior citizens, the disabled, and those without transportation. The event takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center. Volunteer registration for the Christmas Day dinner will open in early December. Click here to sign up when registration begins

Hosea’s Children’s Christmas Party

This event provides holiday support for low income families with children by hosting a Christmas Party with food, entertainment and toys. The event serves over 1,000 children each year. This year the event will take place in the new GA State University stadium. Click here to sign up when registration begins.

About 1,000 volunteers served food, handed out toys and entertained families during the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless Annual Children's Christmas Party at the Atlanta Civic Center Friday December 20, 2013.

Adopt-a-Family for the holidays

The Adopt-a-Family program by Families First allows volunteers to fulfill family wish lists for the Christmas holiday. View their profiles and select a family in need. Volunteers are also needed for unloading, sorting and other related tasks. Visit the volunteer hub to sign up for other opportunities

Hands On Atlanta

Hands On Atlanta serves as a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities. Many opportunities are available, and you can search for activities based on the ages and interests of your kids. Learn more.

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