Plus, included is another list of other unique and unusual volunteer opportunities in New Orleans throughout the year, including the very special chance to volunteer for the Superbowl in early 2013.
Children living in shelters and transitional housing are treated to a Forgotten Angels Christmas Party with food by New Orleans hotel chefs, entertainment and gifts from Santa.
You can be a real Santa and help provide those gifts or donate money to help finance the party. Make a check out to "Ozanam Inn for Forgotten Angels" sent to Ozanam Inn, PO Box 30565, New Orleans, LA 70190-0565
Drop off unwrapped gifts - new toys and new clothes - for babies through young teenagers to the Inn or the following hotels:
- Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp St. in the Warehouse District
- Ritz-Carlton on Canal St.
- Marriott Hotels on Canal St. and by the Convention Center
- Courtyard Hotels in the French Quarter, in the CBD, on Metairie's Galleria Blvd., and in Covington/Mandeville on Northpark Blvd.
- Residence Inns Downtown and in Metairie on Galleria Blvd., and in Covington/Mandeville on Park Place Blvd.
- Renaissance both the Pere Marquette Hotel and the Arts Hotel in the
- SpringHill Suites Downtown
If you have a big bunch of gifts, call Clarence Adams at 504.723.8149 for pick-up information.The Ozanam Inn on Camp St. downtown can always use donations, volunteers and other help too
Imagine if you didn't have a coat. The effort's motto is "One coat will warm one child...and one heart (yours)."
It's easy to drop off your coats, because there are tons of locations including including Canes restaurants, A-1 stores, Home Banks, Zuppado's, Oakwood Mall, and many more. Click on the heading "Coats for Kids" above for all the drop off spots.
CASA is replenishing their office gift closet, the source of these gifts, and request new toys or gift cerftificates for children from infant to age 17 years old. The average gift is about $20.
Suggested items include board games arts & craft/bead jewelry making sets;; action figures, remote controlled cars, building blocks, dump trucks,etc.
Or you can donate money (Call 504.361.4778) and CASA volunteers will buy the gifts for you. Drop off gift items at PJ's COffee, 5359 Mounes Blvd. in Elmwood on the east bank and CASA office, 671 Whitney Ave., Suite A in Gretna on the west bank.
In 2010 over 24,000 toys were passed out to kids in New Orleans from the program There are various drop off spots and keep your ears open for special events and promotions at local businesses. You can search for drop off spots and apply to volunteer on the website.
You can also on on-line to donate. In fact, you can set up your own personal and virtual red bucket on-line and ask your friends to donate to your bucket.
OK, you've done all that and want to take step towards more involvement. Go online and volunteer to be a bell ringer a local store.
DONATE FOOD OR MONEY: Drop non-perishable food Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm at 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70123. (In Acadiana at 215 East Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 70501.
DONATE TIME AND VOLUNTEER: Help with Sorting/Boxing/Packaging donated food; warehouse work; administrative work, special events, special projects, mobile pantry outreach and more.
And think about staying for a while and giving the homeless pets a little love and attention. You could also change the entire life of a shelter pet for the good (and your own too) by adopting and taking it home.
Keep an eye out for special promotions, pet Santa photos, dog-friendly events and promotions during the holidays at pet stores and elsewhere that also benefit humane charities. Some gift purchases may also help homeless pets. For instance, Rosetree Glass Studio donates a percentage of its ornament glass blowing to the Louisiana SPCA. The Louisiana SPCA itself has an on-line shop which benefits the non-profit.