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Ideas to share kindness

Organizations accepting volunteer and donation support

Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald House Charities: Holiday Drive

California Fire Foundation

California Volunteers

Cardz for Kidz

City team homeless shelters

Family Giving Tree

One Life Counseling Center

Redwood City Police Activity League Toy Drive

Ecumenical Hunger Program

Samaritan House 

Sacred Heart Community Services

Haas Center, organizations, resources and ideas


Help Stanford supported clinics provide essentials for families in need

Children and families in our local community are facing the severe economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stanford physicians and medical staff work with many of our most vulnerable families who report difficulty paying for necessities, some debating whether to buy diapers for their baby or sufficient food for the week. To meet the needs of families in this winter season, local clinics are providing material support (diapers, formula, etc.) to help offset the cost of families’ expenditures. You can order directly through Amazon for delivery to the local clinics. 


Help provide 400+ permanent laptops for learning to children affected by homelessness.

Bridging Tech, a non-profit created by Stanford students, has launched their Holiday Changemaker campaign to help bridge the digital divide and provide laptops to homeless school-age children. They gratefully accept monetary donations to purchase laptops, and seek volunteers to help deliver new devices. 


Additional ideas of ways to give back:

  1. Send an email of appreciation to your child’s teacher
  2. Pay for someone’s coffee
  3. Pick up trash in your neighborhood
  4. Donate gift cards 
  5. Do a good deed for a homeless person
  6. Pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor
  7. Smile and say hi to 3 strangers
  8. Donate old towels and blankets to an animal shelter
  9. Send an uplifting text message to 3 people today
  10. Purchase extra dog or cat food and bring it to an animal shelter
  11. Put your phone away while in the company of others
  12. Email a former teacher who made a difference in your life
  13. Write a thank you card to a local hospital or wildfire firefighters