Volunteer to help children and your community this holiday season

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Volunteers are needed for a number of organizations this holiday season. (KTRK)

The holidays are here and a number of organizations are looking for volunteers.

Be An Angel gifts for children
The Be An Angel project needs volunteers to shop for gifts for children in need.

Children with multiple disabilities and profound deafness from underprivileged homes will have a chance to experience the joy of Christmas thanks to the help of hundreds of volunteers.

Nearly 5,000 children have individual wish lists that volunteers can help fill.

The list of dates and locations for the shopping are listed below. All shopping will happen from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Target at 4323 San Felipe, Houston
Wednesday, Nov. 15: Target at 5757 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena
Thursday, Nov. 16: Target at 19511 IH-45. Spring
Friday, Nov. 17: Target at 10801 Westheimer Road, Houston

At least 200 volunteers are needed per location per day.

Fifty volunteers will be needed Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the George R. Brown Convention Center to help decorate gift bags for the children. The decorating will happen from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14 it will be time to deliver the gifts. More than 200 volunteers, with their own personal vehicles, will be needed from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Be sure to check the Be An Angel's Holiday Gift Program website because the times and locations for the volunteers could change.

Mattress Mack's Thanksgiving Feast
Can't help with the gifts? Maybe you can volunteer to help Mattress Mack serve Thanksgiving lunch.

Gallery Furniture needs volunteers to fulfill a variety of tasks on Thanksgiving at the North Freeway location. You can register online to make the day even more special for your fellow Houston residents.

Super Feast
City Wide Club is also in need of volunteers for its Annual Thanksgiving Big Super Feast. The volunteer shifts are from 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Check out the website to register or find out to volunteer for their Christmas feast.

Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner
The Salvation Army and Friends of Conroe need at least 1,500 volunteers to help serve thousands of free holiday meals Thanksgiving Day.

On Thursday, Nov. 23, a large tent will be set up to serve 2,000 to 2,500 meals to community members from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army's Wayne Bergstrom Center of Hope, located at 301 Ave. E. While most of the meals will be served on site, some volunteers are needed to pack food in to-go plates and deliver them to places of need.

"This year, with Montgomery County going through Hurricane Harvey, there is a lot of people in Montgomery County that Thanksgiving dinner is simply going to be different for them," Salvation Army Maj. Don Wildish said. "They are having to spend money on replacing dry walls and work on their house they didn't plan to do. It's taking that money away from Thanksgiving dinner and putting it toward their home. We are proud to be serving meals this Thanksgiving, even more so in a great time of need when Montgomery County is being challenged during this time."

Volunteers will be needed to fill two shifts; one from 9 a.m. to noon and the other from noon to 3 p.m.

A pre-volunteer meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the center. For more information and to volunteer, call the Salvation Army's main office at 936-760-2440.

More opportunities
But you don't have to wait for the holidays to give back to our community. Organizations like Volunteer Match can help you find opportunities to help others year round.

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