Holiday season is in full swing. The halls are decked and the final items are being crossed off of shopping lists, but have you taken a moment to think about those who are simply wishing for a warm meal and a warm coat for Christmas? While the holidays means giving and receiving for most, for some it means being reminded of the basic necessities they do not have access to.

You can change that. This holiday season, we've rounded up 9 charities that help ensure the less fortunate have access to the simplest comforts. It's quite simple to get give back: Check out the short blurbs about the charities below and click the link for more information about how you can get involved.



Sleep Train Foster Kids
Sleep Train Foster Kids, through its Ticket to Dream Foundation, a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit, was created in 2008 to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of foster children in need. Through their program, they provide contributions to non-profit foster care organizations. Their purpose is to support worthy charitable causes and non-profits, with particular emphasis on charities related to foster children to help donate clothes, school supplies, and toys for children in foster care.

Learn more here: http://www.sleeptrainfosterkids.org

Feeding America
The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes more than 3 billion meals each year to communities throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.

Learn more here: http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/

Bread of Life Inc.
On any given night in the City of Houston approximately 10,000 women, children, and men find themselves Homeless. Approximately 870,000 families in the city go Hungry as a result of economic down times, underemployment, and unemployment. The Bread of Life, Inc., provides solutions to these problems through sustaining, equipping, and transforming the forgotten – with compassion.

Learn more here: http://www.breadoflifeinc.org/

Blankets for the Homeless

Started by 21 year old, Mariah Smith Blankets for homeless is a non-profit providing blankets, coats, hoodies, jeans, hats, gloves, shoes, back packs, tents, tarps, toiletries, and more to the homeless. Blankets for the Homeless is four years old and to date has handed out over 110,000 blankets and lunches.

Learn more here: http://www.blanketsforthehomeless.org

Be a Santa to a Senior
Each year Home Instead Senior Care® offices throughout North America spread holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program has attracted upwards of 60,000 volunteers over the past six years distributing gifts to deserving seniors.

Learn more here: http://www.beasantatoasenior.com

Wish Upon A Hero
The mission of Wish Upon A Hero Foundation is to build and support Hero Clubs by providing the resources and tools that empower students to support causes that are personal and meaningful to them as they experience giving back to their community and beyond.

Learn more here: http://www.wishuponahero.org

Project Linus
Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteers.

Learn more here: http://www.projectlinus.org/about/

Cityteam
Cityteam delivers thousand of Christmas Food Boxes to low-income families in need. Each food box contains enough food to provide the family a special Christmas Meal as well as additional food essentials for more meals.

Learn more here: http://www.cityteam.org/giftsthatmatter/donate/donatefoodboxes.php

Meals and Wheels and More

Meals and Wheels provides meals and other critical services this holiday season to nearly 5,000 homebound elderly and disabled Central Texans through programs designed to keep them healthy and living independently with dignity.

Learn more here: http://www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org/give/

Words by: Rachel Hislop