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Help Out Over the Holidays! Area Non-Profits Offer Opportunities to Give

The Spartanburg community cares. With the colder months and the holidays approaching, local non-profit organizations need your support to make the holidays bright. No amount of time, money, or talent is too small to help your neighbors this winter.

  • Run a Race for Toys on December 2! The race begins at 11AM and last until 12:30PM at North Spartanburg Sports Complex, 1160 Old Furnace Road, Boiling Springs.  Bring a toy and get a race at a discount price.  All toys to be donated to a local charity.  Call 864-587-7424 for more information. 
  • Celebrate the holidays at the Soup Kitchen on Magnolia Street in Spartanburg!  Call 864-583-6320 to find out how you can help.
    • Christmas gifts for adults and children who eat at the Soup Kitchen will be distributed on December 21 from 11:30AM-12:30PM.  Blankets and coats will also be distributed.  
    • The Soup Kitchen is hosting a Christmas Day Celebration from 11:30AM-12:30PM. A Christmas meal will be served to needy families. Fruit bags will be distributed.
    • Ring in the New Year with a New Year's Celebration at the Soup Kitchen!  11:30AM-12:30PM.  A traditional New Year's meal will be served, and clothing items will be distributed.
  • Shine your halo and flex your wings; The Salvation Army needs angels!
    • Buy gifts for a child in need through The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. To locate an Angel Tree in the community or to find out how to place an Angel Tree in your organization, please call Captain Stacie McWilliams at 573-5493.
    • Stuff a stocking this holiday season!  This opportunityi is lots of fun for younger children!  The Salvation Army supplies the stockings and you fill them with new items that children would enjoy.  A list of suggested items is included with each stocking and feel free to get creative to show these children how much they are loved.  Please call Captain Stacie McWilliams at 573-5493 for more information.
    • The Salvation Army's New Toy Drive and Canned Food Drive are great for large church groups or businesses!  New toys are always needed for children whose Angels are not adopted from an Angel Tree.  The Salvation Army puts together packages of toys and other needed items depending on the donations received from the community.   For more information on holding a New Toy or Canned Food Drive, please call Captain Stacie McWilliams at 573-5493.
    • One of the most recognizable means of fundraising for The Salvation Army is the Red Kettles at Christmastime.  The donations left in these kettles provide funding for Salvation Army programs and services throughout the year.  Please consider a donation to the Red Kettles this season!
      Individuals and groups can adopt kettles to watch over for a day, several days or throughout the kettle season from mid-November to Christmas Eve. Shifts are flexible to meet the availability of the volunteers. This is a fun way for businesses and service clubs to compete!  
      For more information on adopting a Kettle, please call Mr. Jack Rhodehamel at 573-5493.
  • The Goodfellows campaign is back for another year!  Begun in 1947 by the Herald-Journal, the campaign is a tradition that has made the holiday season brighter for thousands of needy Upstate  families by putting food on their tables.  If you would like to join in this community effort, send a tax-deductible donation to Goodfellows, Inc., P.O. Box 18192, Spartanburg, SC, 29318.
  • The Spartanburg Humane Society is offering holiday photos with Santa this year, with all proceeds benefitting SHS' work with homeless animals.  SHS Executive Vice President AND gifted portrait photographer Danny Bellows will once again take holiday photos at the shelter.  All family members are welcome (even humans) and Santa will be available for portraits.  No appointments are necessary, and photos will be ready in 24 hours!  For more information, visit 
  • Toys for Tots in the Upstate is a locally operated campaign for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Call (864) 299-3937 x 227 to find drop-off locations and more information on the program.

For more information on volunteer opportunities in the Spartanburg area and agencies looking for help this holiday season, visit the Community Guide

(Images provided by The Salvation Army. Story provided by MainStreet Online intern Sally Stokes.)

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