Looking to grow your heart three sizes? We’ll keep this list full of ways to give back over the holidays. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what we missed.
:: During every season: Give the gift of land conservation for current and future generations with a donation to the Three Rivers Land Trust, a nonprofit that works to make sure local lands are protected from development and remain available to roam for years to come.
:: Happening now: Sponsor a family, volunteer or make a donation to Christmas for Moore, a nonprofit organization focused on helping neighbors in Moore County. Get more info here.
Thanksgiving weekend: RIOT will be holding a Give Back weekend, during which customers can bring in a donation for Toys for Tots, the Humane Society and the food bank in exchange for gift cards for RIOT.
:: Through Nov. 22: First Baptist Church in Vass is hosting a Thanksgiving food drive for their community pantry. Canned cranberry sauce (the best cranberry sauce, tbh) and other festive items needed. Check the full list.
:: Through Dec. 4: The Country Bookshop’s Angel Tree is loaded with the names of more than 500 kids, and a book they’d like to own. Each donation comes with 20% off your purchase.
:: Through Dec. 4: Southern Pines Growler is a drop off location for the Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills’ clothing drive. Stop by and drop off beanies, coats, scarves and gloves.
:: Through Dec. 19: The Grooming Room in Pinehurst is offering a free nail trim with 10 canned goods.Use the service, or transfer it to a friend.
:: Through Dec. 19: For years bicycle master Earl Wright has donated sets of wheels to local children in need via Project Santa. This year, Earl needs your help — and because of delays in supply chains, he needs it … well, now.
Help by purchasing a bike at the Project Santa wishlist, by sending a donation to The Santa Project at 291 S. Mechanic St. Southern Pines, or by planning to help load and unload bikes on Christmas morning (more info on that later).