This is the “Season of Giving.” It’s about helping others who are in need. Instead of giving money away to organizations or Kickstarter campaigns advertised on Facebook, why not look into something more personal and something closer to home. The beloved South Los Angeles has quite a few non profit organizations who always take donations in order for them to help and deliver the service to the ones who struggle the most this season. It’s bad enough to be homeless, or recently discharged from prison, or going through rehabilitation, but it’s even worse to be alone on the holidays.

These non profit organizations are in desperate need for donations.

The Grayson Outreach Team

Which is located at 3701 Stocker ST STE 306 Los Angeles, 90008, is in need of various donations for items to help the women at The Anne Douglas Center in L.A. Items needed are robes, gowns, pajamas, slippers, sweaters, undergarments, toiletries, and clothing (sizes: M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL). For monetary donations please visit https://www.graysonsoutreach.com/

Collected donations will be put towards holiday baskets with all the necessities for the women at the center. The team will be distributing the gift baskets Dec. 21.

Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI)

They started their 2019 year-end fundraiser on #GivingTuesday, but are still accepting donations to support the SJLI ‘s mission. At SJLI, they are creating learning opportunities for the youth and community members to create changes they’d like to achieve. Over the last 11 years SJLI empowered young people to become leaders through education, as well as inspired individuals to become community advocates, and created thriving communities. To donate, please visit https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/2019urbanscholarsfund

Black Women Wellness Center

Located at 4340 11th Ave, Los Angeles, 90008, has helped women become leaders and mentors for their children since 1997. Established with Black women and their babies in mind, to better the health of both – mother and child. It’s a grassroots program that matched pregnant women to coaches who would mentor parents from pregnancy until the first year. Their mission is to help Black women develop solutions, and resources to create the changes needed to impact the community’s health status. To donate or for more information, visit https://www.bwwla.org/contact-us/

Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center

This youth center has been around since 1990 and is serving between 300 and 400 youths annually, providing free after school and low-cost summer programs for boys and girls grades 3 -12. To help via donations visit https://www.wootencenter.org/donate.

Beacon of Hope

Is a sober/transitioning home for men, who need help recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. They provide three meals a day, as well as furnished homes, and most importantly counseling.

For more information visit https://www.beaconofhope.la/

The Jenesse Center

Although this is a shelter for women and children, who became victims of domestic violence, it does accept donations. It’s good to know what they have to offer in case of an emergency throughout the holidays, where other resources might not be available.

For more information visit https://jenesse.org/help/

Happy Holidays.